The Hidden Palace: the most spellbinding escapist historical novel of WW2 Malta from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (The Daughters of War, Book 2)

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The Hidden Palace: the most spellbinding escapist historical novel of WW2 Malta from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (The Daughters of War, Book 2)

The Hidden Palace: the most spellbinding escapist historical novel of WW2 Malta from the No. 1 Sunday Times bestseller (The Daughters of War, Book 2)

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Here's what Santa Montefiore said: ‘My ideal read; mystery, love, heart-break and joy – I couldn’t put it down.

If you’re a fan of Rachel Hore, Victoria Hislop and Santa Montefiore, I’m sure you’ll love Dinah Jefferies too. Almost as soon as she arrives, her mothers says she has a request – she wants Florence to find out what happened to Rosalie (Claudette’s sister) who ran away from Paris twenty years before and might be in Malta. She studied Fashion Design and went to live in Tuscany where she worked as an au-pair for an Italian countess.

Her mother begs her to travel to Malta to see if she can try to find Rosalie, her mother’s younger sister who ran away from Paris to be a dancer in a Maltese club. The only clue Florence had was that Rosalie was a dancer and was to join one of the clubs on the small island of Malta. Although this book is about how war impacted the island of Malta, the conflict did not heavily feature. However, her efforts are diverted when her estranged mother requests that she try to find her long lost aunt. I was expecting it to be much more central to the story, rather than a backdrop for a few less important scenes and it had no impact of the narrative of the main theme.

It showed Rosalie’s tenacity and strength to fight for what she believes in as injustices to others are being served. For me Rosalie’s story was stronger than Florence’s although things for Florence did take several turns towards the end of the book. In 1985, a family tragedy changed everything, and she now draws on the experience of loss in her writing, infusing love, loss and danger with the beauty of her locations. I felt it sometimes slowed the book down, when I would have preferred a slightly faster pace at times.The story is told in a dual timeline as we get Florence’s life in Devon and her travels as she eventually sets out to hunt for her aunt and then we get Rosalie’s story beginning in 1925 when she arrives in Malta. Florence hasn’t seen her estranged mother Claudette in years, and their reunion isn’t quite what Florence is expecting, and her mother asks her to find her missing sister Rosalie.



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