Monday, January 25, 2021



This compelling story of love and secrets is amazing.  The flow of the story reads as if it is a poem, a love letter.  I loved getting to know Emma not only as an older woman but also as her younger self.  The escape to the South of France was exactly what I needed.  

The story of the mystery behind the painting unfolds slowly and so specifically as to not miss any details that the author is conveying.  It is amazingly written for the reader to enjoy. The love story of Emma and Patrick was very intriguing. Laura idolized her grandmother, Emma and I could feel the bond that those two shared.

The story spans across a period of sixty years, two World Wars and secrets so life changing that you can’t let go of them.  This book totally engulfs you. You will be whisked away at the very beginning only to experience this wonderful story for yourself.  There is so much I loved about this story, the emotional journey it took me on was fantastic.



Rating: 4 out of 4.

Author:  Ella Carey
Publisher:  Bookouture
Publication Date: January 25, 2021 
Pages: 317 
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What happens when the truths you have built your life on start to crumble?

Emma Temple sits looking out of the window in her beautiful apartment in the heart of London, surrounded by memories of her younger years as one of England’s most influential artists. Nearly ninety, it would be easy to overlook her as a forgetful older lady. But Emma’s past, including her great love affair which survived two world wars, is about to come crashing into the present.

When her granddaughter Laura arrives asking questions about the portrait that hangs above her bed, Emma is transported back over sixty years. The picture was painted by the only man she ever truly loved, the one soul on earth who knew her deepest secret. But when a newspaper claims that the portrait is a fake, everything Emma believed to be true starts to collapse. Suddenly she is transported back to a sunny house in the south of France in 1923 and the moment when her life changed forever…

An incredibly emotional and totally compelling historical novel about the relationships that shape us and the secrets we never forget. Fans of My Name is Eva, Fiona Valpy and Rhys Bowen will be completely transported from the very first page.


Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule. Her books have been published in over fourteen languages, in twelve countries, and have been shortlisted for ARRA awards. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne with her two children and two Italian greyhounds who are constantly mistaken for whippets. Ella loves to connect with her readers regularly through her facebook page and on her website.

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