Released on 26 September 2014.

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The Winter Folly

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In this house there are many secrets…

It is 1965 and young Alexandra Crewe obediently marries the man her father has selected for her. But very soon both she and her husband Laurence realize that their marriage is a disaster. When real love finds Alexandra, plucking her out of her unhappy existence, she is powerless to resist. Her home becomes Fort Stirling, a beautiful Dorset castle, but Alexandra fears that there will be a price to pay for this wonderful new life. When tragedy strikes, it seems that her punishment has come, and there is only one way she can atone for her sins . . .

In the present day, Delilah Young is the second wife of John Stirling and the new chatelaine of Fort Stirling. The house seems to be a sad one and Delilah hopes to fill it with life and happiness. But when she attempts to heal the heartbreak in John’s life, it seems that the forces of the past might be too strong for her. Why does John have such a hatred for the old folly on the hill, and what happened to his mother when she vanished from his life? As Delilah searches for the truth, she realizes that perhaps some secrets are better left buried . . .

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The book is full of mystery and intrigue, successfully keeping me guessing until the very end, which was not at all what I had anticipated . . . An evocative read, full of dramatic secrets that will make the reader gasp as they are unpicked by the determined Delilah Stirling.
A cleverly written story that makes for intriguing reading. Effortlessly flowing from one generation to the next, it tells a story of love, pain and anguish that settles in a house for decades. With a cast of complex but tender characters and an extremely strong underlying element of sadness, the book shows just how long a story can lie hidden and maybe sometimes it's better for the truth to be uncovered . . . , a poignant, sophisticated and romantic love story that has many unexpected and cruel twists throughout, that will have the reader gripped.
Another great read from Lulu Taylor, she offers up a great mystery involving the past and present for two women married into the same family, with plenty of atmosphere provided by the old house setting.