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An engaging story of lost love, lost family, and finding yourself.  With the dual narrative threads taking place in WWII England and 1960s London, the action is the quest to find out how Flora's story came to life.  Operation Pied Piper sets the wheels in motion--Hazel and Flora are sent from a London suburb to the countryside.  Hazel's storytelling distracts and enchants Flora; storytelling is at the heart of this story.

From the publisher:
1939: Fourteen-year-old Hazel and five-year-old Flora evacuate their London home for a rural village to escape the horrors of the Second World War. Living with the Aberdeen family in a charming stone cottage, Hazel distracts her young sister with a fairy tale about a magical land, a secret place they can escape to that is all their own: Whisperwood.

But the unthinkable happens when Flora suddenly vanishes after playing near the banks of the River Thames. Shattered, Hazel blames herself for her sister’s disappearance, carrying the guilt into adulthood.

Twenty years later, Hazel is back in London, ready to move on from her job at a cozy rare bookstore for a career at Sotheby’s. With a cherished boyfriend and an upcoming Paris getaway, Hazel’s future seems set. But her tidy life is turned upside down when she unwraps a package containing a picture book called Whisperwood and the River of Stars. Hazel never told a soul about the storybook world she created just for Flora. Could this book hold the secrets to Flora’s disappearance? Could it be a sign that her beloved sister is still alive after all these years? Or is something sinister at play?

1 comment:

CountryDew said...

Oh, that sounds like a great read!