7 July 2022
My thanks to the publisher for my copy of this book
1914 Spindrift House, Cornwall
Edith Fairchild's good-for-nothing husband, Benedict, deserted her when their children were babies. Now the children are almost adult, Edith and Pascal, her faithful lover of two decades, are planning to leave their beloved Spindrift artists' community and finally be together.
But an explosive encounter between Benedict and Pascal forces old secrets into the light, causing rifts in the happiness and security of the community. Then an assassin's bullet fired in faraway Sarajevo sets in motion a chain of events that changes everything.
Under the shadow of war, the community struggles to eke out a living. The younger generation enlist or volunteer to support the war effort, facing dangers that seemed unimaginable in the golden summer of 1914.
When it's all over, will the Spindrift community survive an unexpected threat? And will Edith and Pascal ever be able to fulfil their dream?
📖 My Review..
I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this trilogy which follows the fortunes of those who live and work at Spindrift House in Cornwall. In this last book in the series we pick up the community in 1914 when the country is on the cusp of war and great events are about to take place, some of which will change the occupants of Spindrift House forever.
In Letting in the Light we meet the familiar characters who make this lovely corner of Cornwall their home and once again Edith is continuing to support the community at Spindrift however, with rumblings of war, her children feel it is their patriotic duty to protect King and country, something which will bring its share of heartbreak for all of them. Throughout the story there is a great sense of the Spindrift women keeping everything afloat, especially when their wartime experiences start to reveal their personal strengths. Edith's resilience is sorely tested but as always she finds great comfort in her relationship with Pascal especially when old secrets, once again, threaten the stability of all those who love Spindrift House.
As this is the last book in the trilogy there is a sense of the righting of wrongs and there may well be a worthy comeuppance for some, however, with the loose threads woven together so beautifully the whole of the Spindrift canvas finally comes together in a wonderfully depicted snapshot of a bygone era.
🍷Best Read with… a perfectly presented Cornish cream tea
About the Author
Charlotte Betts began her working life as a fashion designer in London. A career followed in interior design, property management and lettings. Always a bookworm, Charlotte discovered her passion for writing after her three children and two stepchildren had grown up. The Apothecary’s Daughter was her debut novel and won the YouWriteOn Book of the Year in 2010, the Romantic Novelists’ Association Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers in 2011 and the RoNA’s Historical Category award for 2013. The sequel, The Painter’s Apprentice was published in 2012 and shortlisted for the Festival of Romance’s Best Historical Read Award in 2012.
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