About the Book:
Publication Date: 8th July
When Izzie Dean’s beloved nan, Molly Blackshaw, passes away, Izzie returns to the Blackpool bungalow where she grew up, to say goodbye once and for all. When Izzie’s homecoming reunites her with her first love, Justin Swift, every emotion that Izzie has repressed since the day he broke her heart comes rushing to the surface. But then an unexpected discovery changes everything.
Between the pages of the battered secret diary Molly kept during WWII, Izzie discovers a story of love, heartbreak, and the incomparable hardship of life in a world at war. Reading her grandmother’s words soon puts her own story into perspective, and suddenly Izzie realises that the only thing holding her back from happiness, might be herself. Now she just has to convince Justin that they deserve a second chance at forever…
About the Author:
Lancashire born, I moved to Bedfordshire in the late seventies, married and started a family. I’m a past Hon Sec of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, have been a member since 1993 when I joined their New Writers’ Scheme as a probationer. That came about after winning a week’s historical writing course on the strength of the first chapter of my third Poldark-era romance. The tutor on the last day loved the story and handed me details of the Romantic Novelists’ Association – she said I absolutely must join as they would be able to help me towards publication.
Some four years later my first published book, Dark Canvas, won the RNA’s New Writer’s Award in 1997, the sixth, Illusions, won the RNA’s Romance Prize in 2003.
After working in the local library service for 18 years, during library cut-backs I took the leap to become self-employed as a writer and worked on releasing my backlist as eBooks for Kindle.
Most recently, I’ve had the pleasure of working with amazing Charlotte Ledger when she pulled me from the writing wilderness and have now signed a three-book deal with One More Chapter.
After having done the cover reveal for The Secret Notebook, which you can find on my blog here, https://justkatherineblog.wordpress.c…
I was pleased to get an ARC of the novel for review.
This novel is set in 2017 with Izzie and her grandmother Molly and is both heart-wrenching and gripping.
It goes back to the moments in 1943 and what Molly went through in love and life during the war.
The idea of a diary also really hooked me and is something that always does as I want to know people’s secrets, inner thoughts and what they really experiences.
As Izzie finds, and reads, her grandmother’s diary after her death, she discovers a world of love, loss and family secrets.
Julia Wild creates a gripping novel and there are twin brothers too which were a part of the plot I was interested in since I was a twin.
Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources, One More Chapter and Julia Wilde for my ARC in exchange for an honest and voluntary review.