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Reading Room & Book Recommendation: The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

Another book recommendation from my mother. This one has been on my shelves for a little while, begging to be read. When my mother came around seeking out more books, she picked up this one. Since she doesn't post anything online (she's totally offline except for Pinterest), I'll be sharing some of her recommendations here.

She gave such high praises for this book that I'll be moving around my TBR pile to fit this one in next. I don't seem to read quite as fast as I once did, and there always so many great books waiting to be read!

According to my mother, The Cottingley Secret is wonderful! She mentioned I might see some similarities between myself and the heroine, so I find I'm quite curious. From style to pacing to characters to the overall story, she thoroughly enjoyed the book and gives it a thumb's up.

Have you read this book, or others by the author?


The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

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?


The Reading Room is where I share books, because authors are readers, too! I don't rate books on my blog, but I do like to share books I've read and enjoyed. My tastes are eclectic, so expect to see everything from sweet, wholesome romance to edge-of-your-seat, sexy thrillers, and more in between.


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