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The Hidden Palace: the most spellbinding escapist historical novel of WW2 Malta from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (The Daughters of War, Book 2)

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Florence and Jack arrive in England filthy and exhausted, she stays at his cottage in Devonshire to recuperate, and she’s wants to visit her mother in the Cotswold's. Florence hasn’t seen her estranged mother Claudette in years, and their reunion isn’t quite what Florence is expecting, and her mother asks her to find her missing sister Rosalie. She desperately wants to wants to go and find Rosalie but war prevents her from doing that up to a point but also with her mother continuing to be so cold and aloof should she even bother? In 1985, the sudden death of Dinah Jefferies’ fourteen year old son brought her life to a standstill.

A tender, moving and at times heartbreaking story”― SINEAD MORIARTY --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition. Here's what Santa Montefiore said: ‘My ideal read; mystery, love, heart-break and joy – I couldn’t put it down. In this sequel to Daughters of War, the story focuses mainly on the youngest daughter, Florence and her mother's aunt, Rosalie. The specific reasons for Florence having to leave her sisters and her beloved house in the Dordogne region I won’t go into here for those that may have not yet read book one. Florence Baudin had escaped France, thankful for her life, but sad to be leaving her sisters, Helene and Elise.Staying in a small cottage in Devon, England, belonging to Jack, a man she and her sisters had met in France, before visiting her mother, Florence regained her strength and made the journey. La giovane Rosalie è invece fuggita a Malta dalla Francia a causa di un grave scandalo familiare e ora, sotto la falsa identità di Riva Janvier, lavora come ballerina in un locale di dubbia moralità. But her estranged mother makes a desperate request: to find her vanished sister, who went missing years before.

Siamo nel 1925 e l’autrice, con un salto di circa vent’anni ci porta nel 1944 nella contea del Devonshire dove Florence, nipote diretta di Rosalie, portata in salvo da Jack, un’agente del SOE, attende che la guerra si concluda definitivamente. It is an interesting different novel to what I normally read however it is a light read but at the same time it has elements of sadness, grief and loss. However, there did seem to be a couple of ideas that were introduced into the novel and then not developed.I enjoyed reading of her transition to Malta and although I could sense deep down that leaving Paris in the way and on the terms that she did was not what she truly wanted she knew that to be independent and follow her dreams she had to forge her own path without the support of her family. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites.

I found the book to be a very good read overall and I loved how it focused on a different sister whilst at the same bringing the reader back to the past to uncover another of the family’s secrets. Like the previous volume in this trilogy, it is a captivating read that makes the reader realise just how devastating life in such circumstances must have been. This second book is a dual timeline featuring Florence the youngest sister, and Rosalie, their aunt who left Paris in 1923 for Malta. The novel is a dual time line with Florence's story starting at the end of WWII and Rosalie's from 1925. I felt Belinda was no more than padding for the story, and we are told in a couple of sentences that she finally agreed to a divorce.As you would anticipate, this fresh start isn’t exactly straightforward and it takes time for Rosalie to establish her new identity in a strange place. For me Rosalie’s story was stronger than Florence’s although things for Florence did take several turns towards the end of the book. When I bought this book I didn’t realise that it was the second book in the Daughters of War trilogy.

Come sempre, l’autrice costruisce la sua storia su basi storiche solide e documentate, regalandoci uno straordinario romanzo e un viaggio entusiasmante tra Malta e il Devonshire.Le vite delle due donne, Riva/Rosalie e Florence, si intrecciano sempre più strettamente raccontandoci di perdite dolorose, guerre spietate e coraggio femminile. I thought it was brilliant the way the author raised an issue which is still very much prevalent today as you forget that things like this have existed for a very long time. As a teenager she missed the heat of Malaysia, which left her with a kind of restlessness that led to quite an unusual life. Her younger sister Rosalie had run away from France many years ago and the last she'd heard of her, she'd been in Malta. When Florence is asked by her mother, in 1944, to look for her sister, Rosalie, she wonders if her aunt is still alive on an island attacked so badly and knows she must wait until after the war to make the journey.

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