Fiona Valpy


When Kendra Dalrymple is asked to visit her grandmother Ella in an old age home, she doesn’t know what to expect. Kendra has her own problems to deal with: a disabled son, a newly-redundant husband and a full-time job as a teacher. Neither she, nor her mother has spoken to Ella in years.


Ella wants Kendra to write the story of her life before her memory fades and, keen to understand what happened to make Ella’s relationship with her own mother so divided, Kendra agrees. She is swiftly taken back to a beautiful small island off the coast of France where a young Ella met a boy called Christopher and fell in love so deeply, only one thing could tear it apart: another World War.


Over the course of many weeks, the truth about Ella’s past begins to unfold and Kendra starts to understand the choices and sacrifices Ella had to make for her children and her husband and, at the same time, it teaches Kendra that she has more choices than she thought in her own life…


Upmarket Women's Fiction

UK Publication

Amazon Publishing / Lake Union, March 2018

US Publication

Amazon Publishing / Lake Union, March 2018

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