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Daughters of War: Book 2
Publication date: November 22, 2022
An island of secrets. A fugitive. And a promise…
a rebellious daughter
1925. Between the ancient honey-colored walls of the tiny island of Malta, strangers slip through the shadows and anyone can buy a new name. Rosalie Delacroix flees Paris to work as a dancer in the bohemian clubs of its winding streets.
A sister with a secret
1944. Fleeing the brutality of war in France, Florence Baudin faces a new life. But her estranged mother makes a desperate request: to find her missing sister, who disappeared years before.
A generation gap
Betrayals and secrets, lies and silences hang between the sisters. A last faded letter from Rosalie is Florence’s only clue, war is an immovable barrier and time is running out…
With the second installment of the daughters of war series, author Dinah Jefferies explores the bonds of brotherhood, delivering a powerful message of redemption.
The Hidden Palace uses dual stories with Florence Baudin in 1944 and Rosalie Delacroix in 1925. Readers pick up Florence’s story after she makes the perilous journey to England from France. To say that Florence’s relationship with her mother is rocky would probably be an understatement, but it’s hard to turn down a special request. Florence has been asked to find the estranged sister of her mother, Rosalie, who was thought to be living in Malta.
The second story details Rosalie’s departure from home and arrival in Malta. Thanks to the author’s clear descriptions, the island comes to life. Rosalie’s life unfolds as she experiences love and loss. Nearly two decades later, the island is still reeling from the devastation of war.
With her boyfriend, Jack, by her side, Florence follows leads to see if she can find her missing aunt. It’s a journey full of twists and turns, culminating in a heartbreaking reunion. There’s a bit of suspense leading up to the next installment, but it’s not painful.
The Hidden Palace uses historical events as a framework for the challenges the characters face. Though separated by war and difficult decisions, the bond of brotherhood remains strong.
Dinah Jefferies second novel was the sunday time No.1, Kindle No.1 and richard and judy Best seller, The Tea Planter’s Wife. Since then he has had more sunday time top 10, one second richard and judy Choose Book Club and become an international bestseller. She was born in Malaysia but moved to the UK at the age of nine, studying fashion design, working in Tuscany as an au pair for an Italian countess and living with a rock band on a commune in East Anglia. A family tragedy changed everything, and she draws on the experience of loss in her writing, infusing love, loss, and danger with the seductive beauty of her places. The sense of place, history and human nature is a heady mix in her novels. Published in 31 languages in more than 35 countries, she has published the first volume of an epic trilogy for HarperCollins that begins with daughters of war set in 1944 in France (September 2021). The second volume, The Hidden PalaceHe came out in the UK in September 2022 and in the US and Canada in November. For a few years he lived in a small 16th century village in northern Andalusia, Spain, but now lives close to his family in Gloucestershire.