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Christmas 1926 holds bright promise for nineteen-year-old Daisy Forbes, with celebrations under way at Eden Hall, her family's country estate in Surrey, England. But when Daisy, the youngest of three daughters, discovers that her adored father, Howard, has been leading a double life, her illusions of perfection are shattered. Worse, his current mistress, introduced as a family friend, is joining them for the holidays. As Daisy wrestles with the truth, she blossoms in her own right, receiving a marriage proposal from one man, a declaration of love from another, and her first kiss from a third. Meanwhile, her mother, Mabel, manages these social complications with outward calm, while privately reviewing her life and contemplating significant changes. And among those below stairs, Nancy, the housekeeper, and Mrs. Jessops, the cook, find that their long-held secrets are slowly beginning to surface...
As the seasons unfold in the new year, and Daisy moves to London, desires, fortunes, and loyalties will shift during this tumultuous time after the Great War. The Forbes family and those who serve them will follow their hearts down unexpected paths that always return to where they began...Eden Hall.
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Judith Kinghorn was born in Northumberland, England, and grew up in the village of Warkworth, famed for its castle, featured in Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I and painted by JMW Turner. She is a graduate in English and History of Art, a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and a former nominee of Woman of The Year. She lives with her family in Hampshire, England.
Judith’s début novel The Last Summer was first published in the UK, in April 2012. It was chosen by Lovereading UK as MEGA début and listed in The Bookseller magazine’s round-up of the year in ‘Ones To Watch’. Her second novel The Memory of Lost Senses was published the following year. Judith’s novels are published worldwide and have been translated to German, French, Spanish and Italian. Her third novel The Snow Globe will be published in the US in March 2015.