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The Hidden Letters

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On the eve of a world war, a forbidden love will blossom in the garden of a stately home, where one young woman will make a choice that will change her life forever…

As the storm clouds of war gather, Cordelia seeks refuge in the grounds of her family estate.

Handsome landscaper Isaac has recently arrived to tend to the gardens, and the connection between him and Cordelia is as immediate as it is forbidden.

Isaac begins to secretly teach her how to cultivate the gardens, so when he and all the young men are called away to war, Cordelia takes over.

From the battlefields of Europe, Isaac sends her letters, that give her hope for their future in peacetime.

But when these messages abruptly cease, Cordelia must face up to the worst and take her future – and the fate of the garden they both loved – into her own hands…

An epic, sweeping tale of love, war and the strength of the human spirit. Fans of Lucinda Riley and Kate Morton will be absolutely gripped by this historical page-turner.

Readers love The Hidden Letters :

‘Lorna Cook’s historical fiction is an auto-read for me. They are rich, warm, evocative’ NetGalley Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘One of my go-to favourite authors for historical fiction! … Settings are painted in gorgeous rich detail with characters we as readers can really believe in’ NetGalley Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A beautiful, evocative story of love and coping with loss that kept me turning the pages late into the night. A triumph!’ Rachel Burton, author of The Secrets of Summer House

‘I looked forward to going to be at night to read more!’ NetGalley Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘It has everything I always want in a book … gardens, romance, a war that separates true love. I couldn’t put it down’ NetGalley Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Magnificent. Broke my heart and put it back together again’ Amanda Geard, author of The Midnight House

‘The wanting, yearning, needing, fear and devastation pour off the pages, but there’s also joy, innocence, passion, and love. Highly recommend’ NetGalley Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"With shades of Vera Brittain's Testament of Youth, and her trademark combination of unputdownable plot and beautiful writing, Lorna Cook has had me utterly captivated with her latest. The Hidden Letters has it all - heartbreak and redemption, intense love and desperate loss. It's the type of book that first made me fall in love with reading, I adored every sumptuous, atmospheric page, and can't recommend it highly enough." - Jenny Ashcroft

"A beautiful, evocative story of love and coping with loss that kept me turning the pages late into the night. A triumph!" - Rachel Burton

"A beautiful emotional story of love and strength." - Liz Fenwick

"Magnificent. Broke my heart and put it back together again." - Amanda Geard

"Kept me guessing right up to the last poignant page, I found it difficult to put down and impossible to stop thinking about when I did." - Iona Grey

"Lorna Cook's lyrical novel transports us back to the last golden summer of innocence. Against the backdrop of a garden so beautifully depicted that I could smell the roses, she leads us through loss, heartbreak and heroism - and shows us that love can triumph over even the greatest adversity." - Judy Summers

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