You Let Me Go
After her beloved grandmother Rozenn’s death, Morane is heartbroken to learn that her sister is the sole inheritor of the family home in Cornwall—while she herself has been written out of the will. With both her business and her relationship with her sister on the rocks, Morane becomes consumed by one question: what made Rozenn turn her back on her?
When she finds an old letter linking her grandmother to Brittany under German occupation, Morane escapes on the trail of her family’s past. In the coastal village where Rozenn lived in 1941, she uncovers a web of shameful secrets that haunted Rozenn to the end of her days. Was it to protect those she loved that a desperate Rozenn made a heartbreaking decision and changed the course of all their lives forever?
Morane goes in search of the truth but the truth can be painful. Can she make her peace with the past and repair her relationship with her sister?
Morane is left devastated when her grandmother passes away, someone whom she has always been very close to. However, when she discovers she has been left with nothing more than a silver compass by Rozenne, she is left somewhat dismayed and incredibly hurt, especially when she learns that the home in which she shares with her sister Gwen has been left to her, something which even Gwen is confused by.
As both sisters expect there to be some terrible mix up with the will, they begin sorting through Rozenne’s possessions. As they begin clearing things out, they come across a box full of letters and photographs, showing of a life her grandmother had lived in Brittany which is occupied by the Germans. The more Morane digs for details, the more she learns about the dangerous people and events Rozanne has lived through, and she soon learns that the silver compass she was left by her grandmother will in fact point her in the direction of a story that will change everything.
Then we find ourselves in France, within a small village in Brittany where we follow a young Rozenne’s jpourney from this new perspective. Rozenne and her family are certainly living through some troubling times as they navigate their way through life within a country that is no longer allowing them the freedom they once had.
This book is so incredibly written, it reels you in from the start. The storyline is so well structured and full of detail, it is impossible to not find yourself well and truly immersed in the world that the author creates. One of the things I adored about this book is the way in which the story is told through a dual timeline, allowing us to learn more about Rozenne on a much deeper level.
The story is certainly emotionally driven, and you really do feel as though you are embarking on a journey with these fascinating characters. They each have complex, well developed personalities, all of which add so many layers to this brilliant story. This is a book I will certainly recommend to others.
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About the Author
Eliza Graham’s novels have been long-listed for the UK’s Richard & Judy Summer Book Club in the UK, and short-listed for World Book Day’s ‘Hidden Gem’ competition. She has also been nominated for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction and the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.
Her books have been bestsellers both in Europe and the US.
She is fascinated by the world of the 1930s and 1940s: the Second World War and its immediate aftermath and the trickle-down effect on future generations. Consequently she’s made trips to visit bunkers in Brittany, decoy harbours in Cornwall, wartime radio studios in Bedfordshire and cemeteries in Szczecin, Poland. And those are the less obscure research trips.
It was probably inevitable that Eliza would pursue a life of writing. She spent biology lessons reading Jean Plaidy novels behind the textbooks, sitting at the back of the classroom. In English and history lessons she sat right at the front, hanging on to every word. At home she read books while getting dressed and cleaning her teeth. During school holidays she visited the public library multiple times a day.
Eliza lives in an ancient village in the Oxfordshire countryside with her family. Not far from her house there is a large perforated sarsen stone that can apparently summon King Alfred if you blow into it correctly. Eliza has never managed to summon him. Her interests still mainly revolve around reading, but she also enjoys walking in the downland country around her home and travelling around the world to research her novels.
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