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‘…is an intriguing slant on the genre…’ Nick Barratt

You love or hate genealogy. Hepsie Anderson sets out to undermine her father Eb’s obsession for genealogy. Blind Eb believes his ancestors are trying to get in touch with him. Professional genealogist, Mike Johnson, wishes he wasn’t a genealogist. In Amberley 1894, Zennor Anderson has more stressful family concerns on her mind: can she find the courage to tell her husband George the truth? Before he - and the rest of the village - find out.

But it’s only when Zennor returns to Peace Cottage, more than 100 years later, and meets her descendants for the first time, that genealogy becomes more passionate and involved than either Hepsie, Eb, Mike or Zennor could have ever imagined.

In her debut novel, Sarah Quick vividly brings her characters to life with perception, humour and heart. Portraying a good sense of place, she paints her settings with an artist’s eye, from the prehistoric wildness of Zennor Hill in Cornwall, to the gentle, buttercup-strewn beauty of Amberley Common in the Five Valleys, Gloucestershire.

Sarah Quick lives in Gloucestershire. Her maternal ancestors lived in Amberley.

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