When Jack left for the war, he made a parting pledge to his pregnant bride, Gwen, that he would never return. It was, after all, best for everyone that he didn’t.
Now, as celebrations erupt for Victory in Europe, Gwen is terrified that Jack will renege on his promise, threatening the life she has built for herself and their son on the family farm.
But war has changed Jack, and he is coming home, determined to claim a place in Gwen’s life – and her heart.
As events of the past come back to haunt them, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle – and it is a fight neither of them can afford to lose.
In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.
Hailed as "A truly wonderful novel ... beautifully written" by Jill Mansell, you can pre-order this absolute stunner, from the author of the HWA shortlisted The Lost Ones, here.
"A deliciously sticky web of a tale that snared me from the very first page and didn't let me go until the shocking end." C. L. Pattison
"Intense, sharp and surprising. Everything I love in a thriller." Jo Jakeman
Pre-order here (Hodder Studio, January 2022).
Ragnar Jónasson's recent standalone, The Girl Who Died, was reviewed in the Canberra Times last week and we couldn't be more thrilled with the endorsement:
"A chilling psychological thriller, both literally and metaphorically, that will haunt the reader ... Nordic Noir, as usual, doesn't disappoint."
"A dark, glittering thriller that draws you deep into a shadowy world where no one is who they seem. Intricate, brilliantly written & highly compelling." Robyn Young
"Best book I've read this year." Simon Conway
"Gripped me with layer upon dangerous layer." Alison Bruce
"I couldn't put it down and finished it in a day ... Superb!" Mara Timon
Packed with twists, intrigue, betrayal, romance and suspense, The Russian Doll constantly wrong-foots the reader and delivers a perfect narrative, right to the last page.
How much did she just say the salary was?
When Ruth Miller returns a dropped scarf to Elena Shilkov, she is whisked from a dreary shared house to a world of unimagined luxury.
The super-rich Russian wants a new personal assistant and won't take no for an answer.
Ruth gets accommodation, a credit card, and a complete wardrobe makeover.
And she's good at the job; distributing gifts, attending galas, dealing with the high-society movers and shakers fighting for Elena's attention.
Then the sinister truth begins to reveal itself, that nothing is quite what it seems in Elena's dangerous, deceptive world.
Ruth should get away.
But it's already too late.
Jo has also sold German rights for Escape to the French Farmhouse and A Winter Beneath the Stars, to Meulenhoff Boekrij.
Rebecca Thorne joins Emily Glenister's list, and has written two best-selling novels under the name Rebecca Tinnelly: Never Go There and Don't Say A Word, both published with Hodder.
Lucy Fulford joins Broo Doherty. Lucy is an Australian-British journalist and filmmaker whose work centres around migration and identity.
To find out more about these exciting new signings, click on their names above.