Wednesday, June 30, 2021



This wonderful read is a dual timeline story that takes place between World War I and current day.  Sisters Florrie and Edith are forever changed by the happenings of the War, especially with their father away from home, fighting in the War.  Edith is sneaking out of the house at night while everyone is asleep.  One night Florrie follows Edith to see where she is going and what she is doing.  Once she discovers what is going on, she knows she can’t tell anyone for the safety and protection of her family.  Years later, current day, Kate is going through the house that her aunts Florrie and Edith shared.  She discovers a locked door in the house and wonders what could possibly be hidden in there.  But when she finds the wedding dress wrapped in tissue and tied with a ribbon, solving the mystery of it all is her priority.   And when Kate discovers the truth of her family’s past, her life as well, is forever changed.  

I enjoyed this dual timeline story, I found it to be very captivating.  What a wonderfully written story, this book hits all the emotions and definitely pulls at the heartstrings in a massive way.  

Thank you Suzanne Goldring for such a wonderful story.  This story had all the feels of love, family, friendship, family secrets and forgiveness.  I highly recommend this book.



Rating: 5 out of 4.

Author:  Suzanne Goldring 
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 29, 2021 
Pages: 324 
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Two ordinary sisters. A long and brutal war. A heroic sacrifice… 

London, 1915. As German bombs rain down on the East End of London and hungry children queue for rations in the blistering cold, fifteen-year-old Florrie is forced to grow up fast. With her father fighting in the muddy trenches, Florrie turns to her older sister Edith for comfort. But the war has changed Edith. She has grown quiet, with dark shadows under her eyes, and has started leaving the house at night in secret. When Florrie follows her sister through the dark and winding streets of London, she is shocked by what she discovers. But she knows she must keep her sister’s secret for the sake of their family, even if she herself must pay the ultimate price… 

Years later Kate, running from her broken relationship, is sorting through her dead aunt Florrie’s house, which she shared with her sister Edith. As she sits on the threadbare carpets, looking at photos of Florrie during the war, she notices the change in her aunt – from carefree young girl with a hopeful smile to a hollow-cheeked young woman, with dark sad eyes. 

Determined to put her family’s ghosts to rest, Kate must unearth the secret past of her two aunts. Why is there a hidden locked room in the little house they shared? What is the story behind the abandoned wedding dress wrapped in tissue and tied up with a ribbon? And when Kate discovers the tragic secrets that have bound her family together, will she ever be able to move on?


Following an eventful career as a public relations consultant, specialising in business and travel, Suzanne Goldring turned to writing the kind of novels she likes to read, about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Whether she is working in her thatched cottage in Hampshire or her seaside home in North Cornwall, Suzanne finds inspiration in the secrets hidden by everyday life.

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