The Faithful

3.79 based on 19 ratings & 12 reviews on Goodreads.com
Mantle

Publication date: 15.06.2017
ISBN: 9781447282815
Number of pages: 0

Synopsis

As Britain is pulled towards war, the secrets within two families threaten to tear them apart, in the new novel from Juliet West, The Faithful . . .

July 1935. In the village of Aldwick on the Sussex coast, sixteen-year-old Hazel faces a long, dull summer with just her self-centred mother Francine for company. But then Francine decamps to London with her lover Charles, Oswald Mosley's blackshirts arrive in Aldwick, and Hazel's summer suddenly becomes more interesting. She finds herself befriended by two very different people: Lucia, an upper-class blackshirt, passionate about the cause; and Tom, a young working-class boy, increasingly scornful of Mosley's rhetoric. In the end, though, it is Tom who wins Hazel's heart - and Hazel who breaks his.

Autumn 1936. Now living in London, Hazel has grown up fast over the past year. But an encounter with Tom sends her into freefall. He must never know why she cut off all contact last summer, betraying the promises they’d made. Yet Hazel isn't the only one with secrets. Nor is she the only one with reason to keep the two of them apart . . .

From the beaches of Sussex to the battlefields of civil war Spain, The Faithful is a rich and gripping tale of love, deception and desire.

In the media

An astonishing literary achievement . . . Mesmerizing
Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF RACHEL DUPREE, on BEFORE THE FALL
An astonishing literary achievement . . . Mesmerizing
Ann Weisgarber, author of THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF RACHEL DUPREE, on BEFORE THE FALL
A stunning debut -- a breathtaking portrayal of life and love in all its complexity. Heartbreaking
Suzannah Dunn, author of THE CONFESSION OF KATHERINE HOWARD, on BEFORE THE FALL