Two summers, decades apart. Two women whose lives are forever entwined. And a house that holds the secrets that could free them both.
At twenty-six, Lillian feels ancient and exhausted. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she thought it would. To her it seems she is just another beautiful object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband's Chilterns manor house. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and her world is turned on its head.
Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn't care. But when her grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley. Forced to face her past, she will learn that all she thought was real, all that she held so close, was never as it seemed.
An utterly compelling story of secrets, betrayals and the consequences of a long-ago summer from the internationally bestselling author of Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year.
About the Author
Hannah Richell was born in Kent and spent her childhood years in the UK and Canada. She is the author of two previous best-selling novels novels: Secrets of the Tides and The Shadow Year. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Hannah has a background in book and film marketing and has worked in both the UK and Australia on a range of popular entertainment brands. She has also written for media outlets such as Harpers Bazaar, Australian Women's Weekly, Fairfax and the Independent. Hannah is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia and currently lives in the South West of England with her family.
Not great literature but a good light read
The Peacock Summer is a beautiful tale of love, passion, secrets and the sometimes sinister coveting of beauty. A rich and complex tale to welcome Richell back to the bestsellers list if I'm any judge.
Michelle-Beauty and Lace
Absolutely loved this latest novel by Hannah. Extremely well written and a very engaging story.
I don't make much time to read but having read Hannah Richell's previous work I couldn't wait to get my hands on The Peacock Summer. I was not disappointed. I was hooked from the first page and didn't want to put it down. The stories of the two main characters are beautifully told and woven in such a gentle manner before you know it you are swept up in their lives and eagerly turning the pages to absorb each twist and turn. I just loved loved loved this book and am a little lost with what to read next. Thank you Hannah for such a beautiful story. It will stay with me for a long time.
The Shadow Year shows [Richell] developing the storytelling skills that made her first book stand out from the crowd of commercial women's fiction. - Sydney Morning HeraldSet against the ebb and flow of the ever-present sea this complex family drama [Secrets of the Tides] is a page-turner of a debut novel. - Australian Women's WeeklyAssuredly written and impeccably structured, [Secrets of the Tides] excavates the emotional layers of family drama when something goes terribly wrong... - Sydney Morning HeraldThis cracking debut novel [Secrets of the Tides] will have you turning the pages so fast you'll get a paper cut. - Sun-HeraldA tale of secrets, lies, betrayal and infidelity [Secrets of the Tides]. It's also about a loss that strikes at the heart of a family; one that time will mellow but never completely heal. Heartbreakingly good. - Herald Sun
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 26th June 2018
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1