Secrets of the Chest

Secrets of the Chest

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
Pages: 
225
£7.99
ISBN:
9781786121165

Thornton, 1603. Mary de Courtsey, a four year old ‘little maid' is given a handmade oak chest in which to keep her secrets and treasures. Throughout her coming of age, marriage, separation and darkest hours she maintains its secrecy and vows it will be always passed on via the female line to future generations. Now in 2015, Suzanne has just turned 18 and inherits the chest from her grandmother. As Suzanne reads a final letter from her grandmother bequeathing the mysterious chest to her, an amazing family history is revealed. From the tempestuous and challenging tale of survival and murder in the 1600s, illicit children at the turn of the 19th century through to a more recent past via France and Istanbul, her female ancestors reveal themselves and their engaging stories to her through their diaries and their unbroken protection of the family chest.

Evelyne Morris

Evelyne
Morris

When Hitler's bombing raids returned to London in June 1944, Evelyne's mother was evacuated to Southport and it was there where she died that September whilst giving birth to Evelyne. Evelyne's father was born in Istanbul, Turkey of Mediterranean parentage. He started one of the first English language schools in Sussex and Evelyne's childhood life was influenced by being surrounded by people and languages from all around the world. The inspiration for this book came from a combination of her background and imagining the possible history of an antique oak chest owned by one of her friends. What tales might that be able to tell?

Reviews

by
S Cooper
5
A very thoughtful, well written book. The characters are so real, it's as if I've known some of them all my life. I would really recommend this to everyone; whether you like romance, fiction, intrigue, family tales, mystery, or just a good old read. The story twists and turns through time, taking you on a journey across the centuries to places as far flung as Turkey, Malta as well as Britain, through the 1600's, to modern times. The section on WWII is eyeopening too. Understanding the emotions and choices of those people in a time of war plays a juxtaposition against the harsh choices forced upon those same people; and both through no fault of their own. Do yourself a favour; buy this bool. Treasure it. Re-read it. And hopefully, the BBC will pick it up, if Spielberg doesn't, as this would make an amazing movie or major TV drama.

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