Thank you to Jill Burkinshaw from https://booksnall.blog/ for oganising this blog tour and inviting me to post a spotlight for The Girl at Holly Cottage by Tania Crosse.
A compelling tale of secrets and betrayal, friendship and trust, and the legacy of war.
Originally published as Hope at Holly Cottage.
Plymouth, 1954. The future seems rosy for Plymouth schoolgirl, Anna Millington, as she studies to qualify for teacher training college.
But Anna’s life is not what it seems. Her family is hiding a cruel secret that resulted from the worst night of the Plymouth Blitz.
Now, the devastating consequences are about to erupt again, ending in tragedy.
Fearing for her own safety, Anna leaves her dreams behind and flees to nearby Dartmoor.
It isn’t long before Anna secures a position as a serving girl at Ashcroft Hall. The other staff are rude and make no effort to befriend her, but she finds solace in loving Sir Gilbert, Lady Ashcroft’s son, who calls her his ‘little smoky eyes’.
But it seems Anna isn’t the only one with secrets. Will she learn who she can really trust? And will she find the courage to seek out the happiness she truly deserves?
Fans of Nadine Dorries, Rosie Goodwin, Dilly Court, Freda Lightfoot, Anna Jacobs, Rosie Clarke and Catherine Cookson will adore this haunting tale of young love, family secrets and self-discovery.
READERS LOVE THE DEVONSHIRE SAGA SERIES:
“Carefully researched and well presented.” Bestselling author Anna Jacobs
“Totally in love with this book! Highly recommend!” Sayury
“Crosse writes with passion . . . so well you can actually envisage yourself there.” Novelle Novels
“At first, I thought it was a standard love story. Then about halfway through it became so much more.” Mrs Gray
“A thumping good read, feels like living history.” Dorset Echo
Author Bio – Tania Crosse
Tania Crosse was born in London, but at a young age, moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She wanted to be an author since childhood, but after obtaining a degree in French Literature, life took over. It wasn’t until her children were older that she began writing seriously. She has now had published nine historical novels set on her beloved Dartmoor, while The Street of Broken Dreams, the last of four Twentieth Century sagas set in London and the south east, won Best Saga in the 2020 awards of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.
ALSO BY TANIA CROSSE
Book 1: THE HARBOUR MASTER’S DAUGHTER
Book 2: THE RIVER GIRL
Book 3: THE GUNPOWDER GIRL
Book 4: THE QUARRY GIRL
Book 5: THE RAILWAY GIRL
Book 6: THE WHEELWRIGHT GIRL
Book 7: THE AMBULANCE GIRL
Book 8: THE DARTMOOR GIRL
Book 9: HOPE AT HOLLY COTTAGE