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The Visitors Kindle Edition
Esme Nicholls is to spend the summer in Cornwall. Her late husband Alec, who died fighting in the war, grew up in Penzance, and she’s hoping to learn more about the man she loved and lost.
While there, she will stay with Gilbert, in his rambling seaside house, where he lives with his former brothers in arms. Esme is fascinated by this community of eccentric artists and former soldiers, and as she gets to know the men and their stories, she begins to feel this summer might be exactly what she needs.
But everything is not as idyllic as it seems – a mysterious new arrival later in the summer will turn Esme’s world upside down, and make her question everything she thought she knew about her life, and the people in it.
Full of light, laughter and larger-than-life characters, The Visitors is a novel of one woman finally finding her voice and choosing her own path forwards.
Praise for Caroline Scott:
‘A page-turning literary gem’ The Times, Best Books of 2020
'A touching novel of love and loss' Sunday Times
'A beautifully written must-read' heat
'A gripping, devastating novel' Sarra Manning, RED
‘A powerful novel’ Good Housekeeping
‘A heartbreaking read’ Anita Frank
'Breathtaking exploration of loss, love and precious memories’ My Weekly, Pick of the Month
‘Achingly moving and most beautifully written’ Rachel Hore
‘This beautiful book packs a huge emotional punch’ Fabulous
‘Drew me in from the first line and held me enthralled until the very end' Fiona Valpy
‘Quietly devastating' Daily Mail
'A compulsive, heart-wrenching read' Liz Trenow
‘Powerful’ Woman & Home
'Page turning, mysterious, engrossing and compelling' Lorna Cook
‘A carefully nuanced, complex story’ Woman’s Weekly
‘Caroline Scott evokes the damage and desolation of the Great War with aching authenticity' Iona Grey
'Momentous, revelatory and astonishing historical fiction!' Historical Novel Society
‘Wonderful and evocative’ Suzanne Goldring
‘Based on true events, this is a powerful story’ Bella
‘Immersive, poignant, intricately woven’ Judith Kinghorn
‘An evocative read’ heat
‘The story left me breathless’ Kate Furnivall
‘A poignant hymn to those who gave up their lives for their country and to those who were left behind’ Fanny Blake
'I was utterly captivated by this novel' Isabelle Broom
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About the Author
- ASIN : B0929G3F1V
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK (9 December 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2363 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 445 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1398508195
- Best Sellers Rank: 64,999 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Her employer and friend Mrs. Fernlea Pickering notices Esme's looking rather peaked, she suggests spending the summer with her in Cornwall and where her brother Mr. Gilbert Edgerton owns a house called Esperance. Alec grew up in nearby Penzance, she hopes to be able to visit the cottage where he lived as a child, and it might make her feel closer to her deceased husband?
Esme works in Mrs. Pickering’s garden, it saved her from succumbing to her grief, and she enjoys looking at the beautiful scenery as she travels by train from Devon to Cornwall. Gilbert’s newly renovated garden and house is lovely, and he shares it with members of his regiment, former soldiers, Sebastian, Rory, Hal and Clarence. A group of artists, writers and misfits, and all have suffered terribly during the war and Esme hears men crying out during the night.
Esme finds solace in Cornwall, she and Rory become friends, they share the love of gardening and she doesn't feel so old and downtrodden. Another member of the regiment visits Esperance house, it causes Esme to question what really happened during the war to Alec, and she feels betrayed.
The Visitors is a story set five years after the end of The Great War, it's about the lasting impact it had on the men who fought so bravely, many struggled mentally, and they couldn’t to return to work, and their marriages failed. Caroline Scott has a way of writing about WW I, that immediately grabs your attention and through her narrative, you feel and experience the burden of the war to end all wars. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and five stars from me.