Tuesday, January 18, 2022



Bella Farrow lost everything due to a decision, a horrible mistake that she made.  The mistake forced her to leave behind her home, her family and her livelihood.  And when she lost her beloved, dedicated and faithful husband in a horrific accident, Bella finds herself completely alone.  She must succeed in life and has to do it all on her own.  She has to keep everything about her past a secret or risk imprisonment.  But Bella is settling into her new found life, and a new identity, and then she meets a man, James Earlham.  Just then everything changes for Bella, they have an immediate attraction to each other but she feels she has to be completely honest with him about the past she has tried to bury.  

This story was so heartbreaking, gripping and so exciting.  I absolutely loved this story.  I was so torn with Bella, should she reveal her past, or should she continue to keep it a secret?  I couldn’t decide.  I was pulled into the story from the very first page.  This phenomenal story is one you will definitely remember for a very long time.  I loved this story, it is truly a must read.

Thank you Lora Davies for such a wonderful historical fiction read.  I absolutely loved that this story kept me guessing all the way to the end. I really enjoyed this amazing and wonderful story, and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Lora Davies 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 18, 2022 
Pages: 292 
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Victorian England, 1846: A gripping and powerful story about one woman’s incredible courage in the face of heartbreak, and a secret that – if revealed – could destroy everything. 

Six years ago, Bella Farrow lost everything. Desperate and starving, she made a terrible mistake that forced her to abandon her home, her livelihood and her family. And when the only person she trusted – her beloved, steadfast husband – was killed in a tragic accident, Bella was left alone. She had to make her own way, while keeping her past hidden upon risk of imprisonment, or worse…

Now Bella is living a quiet life under a secret identity and making a good, honest living. But then a young, handsome man named James Earlham comes to town, and everything changes. Their instant connection disturbs her heart, her peace and her safety. Because Bella knows that for their love to flourish, she will have to reveal the secret that has remained hidden all these years – and put her trust in James.

Bella’s heart tells her to confess everything. But can she be sure James is really who he says he is? Can Bella truly be herself with him? Or is she putting her life in the hands of the one person who could betray her?


For as long as I can remember, I have been happiest with a book in my hands. From hiding under the covers with a torch as a small child so that I could stay up reading, to studying English at university so that I could get my hands on even more books – I guess it was only a matter of time before I went from reading books to writing them. It wasn’t a straightforward path; my passion for gripping plots and rounded characters led me first to work as an actor and theatre director, but after a Creative Writing course at my local bookshop, I was hooked. After completing a Masters at Royal Holloway, University of London, I finished my first novel, Daughter of the Shipwreck. I live in Brighton where I get inspiration from the incredibly rich history of the city and the inspiring and beautiful natural environment.

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