A dual timeline WW2 story of misguided honour, love, and redemption
‘Jules Hayes has written an exceptional cross-genre novel. Simply outstanding.’
Set against the stunning backdrop of Chartwell, Winston Churchill's country home, and reverberating through three generations comes a tragic story of misguided honour, thwarted love and redemption.
One Hidden Life
Growing up around Churchill’s estate, Frank, Florence and Hilda are inseparable, but as WW2 casts its menacing shadow their friendships become more complex and strained. Following Frank's death in 2002, Florence writes to his grandson, Richard, hinting at a dark past.
On investigation, disturbing secrets come to light that have not only haunted his grandfather’s life but will now impact on Richard’s too. When a pivotal encounter between Frank and Churchill is revealed and a mystery relative in a psychiatric hospital discovered, just how much more does Florence dare disclose, and is Richard ready to hear?
For readers who enjoy the work of Kate Morton, Rachel Hore, Lucinda Riley, Katherine Webb and Juliet West.
‘A compelling story of friendship and the secrets we keep for generations. The poignant and moving narrative had me enthralled.’ Critically acclaimed author, Sarah Ward.
‘An absorbing story of injustice and family secrets set against a vividly-drawn wartime backdrop. The finest of story telling, a real page-turner, an enthralling read - I unreservedly loved it.’ Anne Williams, Being Anne Book Blog and RNA Media Star 2019.
‘A big, bold, multi-layered epic about lives and loves shaped by secrets echoing down the generations. Poignant and beautifully written. I whipped through it.' Author, Laura Wilkinson.
‘Passion, intrigue and family secrets drive this complex wartime relationship drama. I loved it.’ #1 bestselling author, Nicola May.
‘I was hooked from start to finish, which is a rare feat in historical fiction.’ The Book Magnet.
‘Fascinating historical fiction. A story entwined with real-life facts relating to Winston Churchill’s household at Chartwell.’ International bestselling author, Glynis Peters.
‘A pacey well-written narrative that keeps the pages turning. It’s a thriller, it’s a love story, and it has historical and political context as the story plays out in the shadow of the great Winston Churchill. It’s a story about the power of family secrets, the ripples of which reach out across generations. There is something about this book that plants into the reader’s mind, and roots it there long after the last page.’ Author, Debz Hobbs-Wyatt.
Jules Hayes is a pseudonym of JA Corrigan. Her books have consistently received excellent reviews.