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Loch Ewe, 1940. When gamekeeper's daughter Flora's remote highland village finds itself the base for the Royal Navy's Arctic convoys, life in her close-knit community changes forever. In defiance of his disapproving father, the laird's son falls in love with Flora, and as tensions build in their disrupted home, any chance of their happiness seems doomed.

Decades later, Flora's daughter, singer Lexie Gordon, is forced to return to the village and to the tiny cottage where she grew up. Having long ago escaped to the bright lights of the West End, London still never truly felt like home. Now back, with a daughter of her own, Lexie learns that her mother - and the hostile-seeming village itself - have long been hiding secrets that make her question everything she thought she knew.

As she pieces together the fragments of her parents' story, Lexie discovers the courageous, devastating sacrifices made in her name. It's too late to rekindle her relationship with her mother, but can Lexie find it in her heart to forgive the past, to grieve for all that's lost, and finally find her place in the world?

©2020 Fiona Valpy. (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Floridagurrl
  • 2020-11-02

Lovely voice

Both the author with her story and the narrator with her reading had a lovely voice. I was introduced to a segment of WW2 history I had no knowledge of, and a place in the world I was equally unaware of. I’ve always rejoiced when I find an author who carefully researched .. it allows me a bit of education while enjoying a flight of fiction. The characters were realistic, the dialogue authentic without overwhelming me, and provided a view into life elsewhere and elsewhen that I completely enjoyed.

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  • KB
  • 2021-05-05

A Lyrical Read

I ordered this book through Audible and listened in the morning as I had coffee and structured my day. It was perfect for that pace. The narrator's lovely, lyrical voice set the mood for my day to come ... and helped me to stop and listen to the soothing sounds of a new day awakening. The characters are well developed. The storyline is straight from pages of history where small inlet communities suffered the plague of war and the renewal of new futures for those generations touched by war's loss.

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  • Colorado Cowgirl
  • 2021-03-22

In the end I loved the story of romance in WWII

When the book started, it seemed to spend a lot of time on small details and Lexi's life in London singing on stage. I loved the narration but I started to wonder where the story was going, especially since it is described as a WWII story in Scotland. Then Lexi moved back home to Scotland with her baby (but not the baby's father), and again it focused on day-to-day life in the current time with flashes of her mother's life during WWII when the Arctic Convey fleet was working in and out of the harbor. It still seemed like a romance with the war in the background. Eventually more details about the war and the fate of the characters who were involved with the convoys came out and then the story became more interesting. Finally I really enjoyed the tale, although it was a tearjerker, as well as Lexi's relationship with Davey who spans both time periods.

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  • Lori May
  • 2021-02-18

Enjoyable story

The story was very enjoyable, the narrator really made the story come alive. I looked forward to driving to work just to listen.

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  • Faith D.
  • 2021-05-13

I couldn’t finish it

It was very boring I couldn’t finish it. Not even driving back-and-forth to work

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  • Ashley P.
  • 2021-02-26

Well written but a bit dull

If you are like me and have no particular interest in Scotland, World War II or romance then you will probably find this a bit dull.

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  • Denise Bradford
  • 2021-02-02

beautiful story

really enjoyed. it was lovely. wonderful to learn so much about an era and a culture.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021-05-20

The Skylarks Secret

Mother and daughter share two similar lives in Scotland, one during the second world war, and th other 40 years later.They live in a very small town with people surrounding and helping them. When the daughter comes back a family secret is revealed. Great audio!

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  • Deppie Whitwam
  • 2021-02-24

Excellent

This is a wonderful story with a fabulous near raider. I loved it from beginning to end.

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  • DeePap
  • 2021-01-09

EXCELLENT READ/LISTEN

This was definitely an excellent read. This is the favorite type of read for me; historical fiction based on fact.

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