Published by Honno Press March 2012
‘A great romantic read and also a very atmospheric, ingenious mystery.’
The Welsh Book Council’s Book of the Month for May 2012
Finalist for ‘The People’s Book Prize 2014
Number 5 in the Amazon Kindle Store August 2014
Carys’ dreams for the future are falling apart as she returns to the Snowdonia village where she was born, to look after her mother. But then a chance discovery draws her back into the story of Plas Eden, the huge, ramshackle country house where, at eighteen, she said goodbye to her childhood sweetheart, David Meredith.
The last time Ann was in London she was a spoilt, aristocratic bride. Now she stands destitute on London bridge, with the Meredith charity hospital her only lifeline. But who can she trust, and will she ever escape her past?
Two women struggle with love, family duty, long-buried secrets and their own creative ambitions. But more than a hundred years ago Ann left a trail through London, Cornwall and Wales that leads Carys on a tantalising and increasingly shocking search for the truth.
What is Plas Eden’s connection with her own family history and what are the secrets of the statues in the garden?
‘This powerful and moving story… held me gripped.’
‘Beautiful writing and a charming, intriguing story.’
‘Juliet’s characters are so believable and richly drawn the reader really cares what happens to them…’
‘The book is a wonderful story of love lost and found that kept me enthralled to the last page. The Victorian strand of the story has echoes of Sarah Water’s Fingersmith and Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White which gave it additional resonance and will delight lovers of Victorian fiction, written at the time or in the present day.’