Monday, June 13, 2022



1945: Hedi Fisher is pushed through the Nazi concentration camp.  She feels very alone not recognizing anyone familiar to her.  Everyone is wide-eyed and in the same awful situation as Hedi is.  Present Day:  Thea never knew her grandmother Hedi and is surprised when she receives a call from her.  Thea has just quit her job in the city and has rented a tiny cottage miles outside of the city.  But when Thea notices an old tattered suitcase belonging to Hedi sitting on the kitchen table, she decides she wants to know everything she possibly can, about her grandmother.

This story was amazing and beautifully written.  I was completely engrossed with the story from the very first page.  I was emotionally connected with the story at the turn of each page.  The lives and the stories of Hedi and Thea were both heartbreaking and heartwarming.  The relationship of Hedi and Thea develops so nicely and absolutely perfectly.  The relationship of grandmother and granddaughter was very heartfelt and uplifting.  This book was so well-written that I found myself flying through the pages.  I couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end.   The description of the cottage and its location makes me want to live there.  I love the dual timeline of this book, it reads like a movie in my minds eye.  This one will definitely be a re-read for sure.  This story is so uplifting and inspiring, and it hits all the emotions so make sure you have plenty of Kleenex.  I absolutely loved it. I highly recommend this book.

Thank you Norma Curtis for such a wonderful time slip novel. I thoroughly enjoy a book that covers multiple timelines.  Fantastic read.  I loved it.



Rating: 5 out of 5.
Author:  Norma Curtis
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 10, 2022 
Pages: 302 
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She places her hands on the soft, aged leather of her grandmother’s suitcase. Outside, the breeze blows the purple foxgloves so they bob and tap on the cottage window. Carefully lifting the lid, she sees that the case is filled with papers, yellow with age. Papers that tell a harrowing story of loss and heartbreak in times of war… but why have they been kept secret all these years?

1945. Hedi Fischer is jostled off the train and through the gates of a Nazi concentration camp. As the prisoners are pushed inside, she frantically searches for a familiar face – anybody to make her feel less alone here. At the constant mercy of the cruel and unpredictable guards, Hedi knows it is only luck and her wits that will keep her alive now. That is, until her eyes meet the gentle gaze of a green-eyed British soldier, and everything changes in a moment…

Present Day. Thea has never met her grandmother Hedi, so she’s surprised when she receives a call to take her home. She’s not sure how the elegant ninety-year-old woman will fit into her life – especially as she’s just rashly quit her job in the city to rent a tiny, stone cottage miles from the nearest town. Sharp, feisty Hedi refuses to talk about how she ended up here, or why she and Thea’s mother haven’t spoken for more than thirty years. So when Thea spots Hedi’s battered suitcase on their scrubbed wood kitchen table, she can’t resist the chance to learn more.

What Thea finds inside is more heartbreaking than she could have ever imagined. Hedi’s memories, so long kept hidden from the world, could be the key to finally putting three generations of family secrets to rest…


Norma Curtis’s first published stories were for teenage magazines and she began writing novels when she joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association. Her first novel won the New Writer’s Award and was chosen as a WH Smith Fresh Talent title. A couple of years after being invited onto the RNA committee she was made chairman and following her two-year term of office she studied creative writing at City University before taking an MA in Prose Fiction at Middlesex University. The Drowned Village is her sixth novel and she lives in North London with her family.

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