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An Astonishing Novel & Author Talk Tuesday



August 17, 2023

by Tim Ehrenberg


Join New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry on Nantucket this coming week. Patti will be in conversation with Tim Ehrenberg of Tim Talks Books and Nantucket Book Partners this Tuesday, August 22 from 6 to 7 pm in the Nantucket Atheneum’s Great Hall. This event is free, with seating first come, first served and a book signing to follow. You can also meet Patti the following day for a book signing with Nantucket’s own best-selling writer Elin Hilderbrand on Wednesday, August 23 from 11 am to 12 noon at Mitchell’s Book Corner on Main Street.


Patti is on-island to talk about her latest novel The Secret Book of Flora Lea, an instant New York Times bestseller.


From the book flap: In the war-torn London of 1939, fourteen-year-old Hazel and five-year-old Flora are evacuated to a rural village to escape the horrors ofthe Second World War. Living with the kind Bridie Aberdeen and her teenage son, Harry, in a charming stone cottage along the River Thames, Hazel fills their days with walks and games to distract her young sister, including one that she creates for her sister and her sister alone—a fairy tale about a magical land, a secret place they can escape to that is all their own.


But the unthinkable happens when young Flora suddenly vanishes while playing near the banks of the river. Shattered, Hazel blames herself for her sister’s disappearance, and she carries that guilt into adulthood as a private burden she feels she deserves.


Twenty years later, Hazel is in London, ready to move on from her job at a cozy rare bookstore to a career at Sotheby’s. With a charming boyfriend and her elegantly timeworn Bloomsbury flat, Hazel’s future seems determined. But her tidy life is turned upside down when she unwraps a package containing an illustrated book called Whisperwood and the River of Stars. Hazel never told a soul about the imaginary world she created just for Flora. Could this book hold the secrets to Flora’s disappearance? Could it be a sign that her beloved sister is still alive after all these years?


As Hazel embarks on a feverish quest, revisiting long-dormant relationships and bravely opening wounds from her past, her career and future hang in the balance. An astonishing twist ultimately reveals the truth in this transporting and refreshingly original novel about the bond between sisters, the complications of conflicted love, and the enduring magic of storytelling.









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