Once Upon A Book Club Box: December 2016
Once again Once Upon A Book Club delivered an immersive and magical experience with their December box.
The book: Secrets of Nanreath Hall
The publisher description:
Cornwall, 1940. Back in England after the harrowing evacuation at Dunkirk, WWII Red Cross nurse Anna Trenowyth is shocked to learn her adoptive parents Graham and Prue Handley have been killed in an air raid. She desperately needs their advice as she’s been assigned to the military hospital that has set up camp inside her biological mother’s childhood home—Nanreath Hall. Anna was just six years old when her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth, died. All she has left are vague memories that tease her with clues she can’t unravel. Anna’s assignment to Nanreath Hall could be the chance for her to finally become acquainted with the family she’s never known—and to unbury the truth and secrets surrounding her past.
Cornwall, 1913. In the luxury of pre-WWI England, Lady Katherine Trenowyth is expected to do nothing more than make a smart marriage and have a respectable life. When Simon Halliday, a bohemian painter, enters her world, Katherine begins to question the future that was so carefully laid out for her. Her choices begin to lead her away from the stability of her home and family toward a wild existence of life, art, and love. But as everything begins to fall apart, Katherine finds herself destitute and alone.
As Anna is drawn into her newfound family’s lives and their tangled loyalties, she discovers herself at the center of old heartbreaks and unbearable tragedies, leaving her to decide if the secrets of the past are too dangerous to unearth…and if the family she’s discovered is one she can keep.
I enjoyed the book, entranced by another OUABC selection that had me visiting another set of eras. This felt like the best kind of time travel, bouncing between wars and visiting with the women who lived through them. There was just enough mystery to keep the pages turning faster as I read about the atrocities of war. And there was great romance, even if not all of it was meant to be.
Page 20: A leather portfolio and drawing inspired by Katherine's (Kitty) portfolio and rendering of her brother William. (Can't wait to use the portfolio for my one artwork!)
Page 254: A nurses's apron similar to the ones the VAD nurses wear at Nanreath Hall.
Page 326: A photograph that Anna steals when she suspects she's on to a family secret.
Page 332: A letter and locket as described in the book as being given first to Kitty and then to her daughter Anna. The attention to detail in this gift blew me away, as well as the fact that the letter was written by the author for special inclusion in the box!
Page 383: A rolled canvas painting of "The Red-Haired Wanton" as painted by Anna's father.
And there was a bonus gift of a Once Upon A Book Club tote bag!
As always, I was so thoroughly delighted that I'm already counting down the days to the next box.
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