My Mother's Shadow by Nikola Scott
Hartland House has always been a faithful keeper of secrets... 1958. Sent to beautiful Hartland to be sheltered from her mother's illness, Liz spends the summer with the wealthy Shaw family. They treat Liz as one of their own, but their influence could be dangerous...
Now. Addie believes she knows everything about her mother Elizabeth and their difficult relationship until her recent death. When a stranger appears claiming to be Addie's sister, she is stunned. Is everything she's been told about her early life a lie?
How can you find the truth about the past if the one person who could tell you is gone? Addie must go back to that golden summer her mother never spoke of...and the one night that changed a young girl's life for ever.
Both gruelling and uplifting at the same time, this novel is full of intrigue, suspense, and self-discovery. Two stories run parallel here, the mother's and the daughter's, and it is only as the novel nears the end that all is finally revealed and comes together.
Painful to read in places (especially the way unmarried mothers were treated so harshly back then), the story is nevertheless one of new beginnings and hope.
About the Author
Nikola Scott was born and raised in Germany and studied at university there. Having been obsessed with books from a young age, Nikola moved to New York City after her Master's degree to begin her first job in book publishing - a career in which she could fully indulge her love of fiction. She spent ten years working in publishing in New York and then in London, editing other people's books, before she decided to take the leap into becoming a full-time writer herself. She now lives in Frankfurt with her husband and two sons. MY MOTHER'S SHADOW is her debut novel. You can visit Nikola's website www.nikolascott.com and you can find her on Twitter @nikola_scott and Facebook/NikolaScottAuthor.