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The Cottingley Secret

Thanks to @williammorrowbooks for this free copy for review. This book released August 1, 2017. 📖 ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 My first @hazelgaynor book, and it will not be my last. I thoroughly enjoyed this historical fiction foray into the world of cousins who create a distraction to the years after the war in England, when they set up photos of themselves with fairies. Of course things go wrong when people believe the fairies are real, and at this point the girls don't want to reveal their prank for fear of repercussions. Concurrent with this story is one 100 years later, when a woman inherits her grandfather's bookshop and finds an old manuscript written by one of the cousins. She then goes on a quest to figure out the whole story. I loved the bookshop aspect, and the two girls coverup was so typical of young children at play. Considering that I am not a fan of fairies in books, the fact that I liked this book says a lot for the writing, plot, and character development. 📖 1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told. One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself? 📖 #bookblogger #williammorrow #bookreview #thecottingleysecret

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