About the bookJune 1963, Clematis Cottage, Stoke St. Mary, Herefordshire
I am really not sure why I am writing this. A foolish whim by a foolish old lady and it will probably sit in a box unread and decay much like its writer when Death makes his careless decision.
But perhaps someone will find it. Someone will care enough to read and somehow I know that will happen.
April 2000, Clematis Cottage, Stoke St. Mary, Herefordshire
Tired of her life in London, freelance illustrator Rachel buys the beautiful but dilapidated Clematis Cottage and sets about creating the home of her dreams. But tucked away behind the water tank in the attic and left to gather dust for decades is an old biscuit tin containing letters, postcards and a diary. So much more than old scraps of paper, these are precious memories that tell the story of Henrietta Trenchard-Lewis, the love she lost in the Great War and the girl who was left behind.
I really enjoyed reading about Clematis Cottage and following the story of Rachel as she settles into her new life. Cleverly interwoven through a diary that Rachel discovers, we find out about Henrietta. Somehow, it never seems jumbled or confused as can happen with this kind of two-in-one story and there are also some delightful minor characters. Essentially a romance but at the same time, this book offers so much more. A very enjoyable read.