The Peacock Summer
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About the Author
Hannah Richell is a dual citizen of Great Britain and Australia, and lives in the South West of England with her family. She is the author of Secrets of the Tides (published in the US as The House of Tides), The Shadow Year, and The Peacock Summer. Her books have been translated into seventeen languages.
"The prose is lush and full-blooming, the pacing taut, and the setting brilliant with light and color as the suspense builds, pushing each woman to her breaking point. . . . Lillian and Maggie are rich and complex characters, struggling to embrace passion and yet fulfill their duty, and their alternating stories balance well against one another, imparting lessons on life, love, family, obligation, and--most of all--the enduring power and beauty of art. An immensely satisfying read."
--The Historical Novel Society
"Even more beguiling than her previous books. Stuffed full of family secrets, it's a tale of longing and dappled sunlight and the shimmering heat of lust. Exquisite, glamorous and breath-holdingly plotted."--Veronica Henry
"Poignant, romantic and beautifully written, I was completely captivated by this dual narrative story about forbidden love. Hannah Richell is a gifted storyteller; The Peacock Summer a wonderfully immersive book. Absolutely gorgeous."--Kate Riordan
"A rich, evocative and very moving piece of writing. The story drew me in and kept me immersed right to the final pages."--Katherine Webb
"A juicy mix of secrets and betrayals make The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell a perfect holiday read."--Good Housekeeping (UK)