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The Widow's Secret Katharine Swartz

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19th June 2020
352 pages: 198mm x 130mm
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When marine archaeologist Rachel Gardener is summoned to the coast of Cumbria to investigate a newly discovered shipwreck, she is relieved to escape the tensions of her troubled marriage, as well as spend some time closer to home, so she can visit her ailing mother. Yet the past has a way of rising up to confront us, and being close to her mother forces Rachel to confront the hidden hurts of her childhood. When the mysteriously sunken ship is discovered to be a slaving ship from the 1700s, thought to have been lost at sea somewhere in the Caribbean, Rachel is determined to dig deeper into the past, and explore the town of Whitehaven's link to the slave trade. Soon she learns of Abigail Fenton, the young wife of a slave trader, who has a surprising secret of her own, lost to the ages. The more Rachel learns about Abigail and her husband's ship that sunk strangely so close to home, the more she realises how the past can inform the present... by learning from Abigail, can Rachel break free from her troubled history, and embrace the future she longs to claim for her own?
Katharine was born in Pennsylvania, went to college in Vermont, and has spent summers in the Canadian wilderness. After several years as a diehard New Yorker, she now lives in the lovely Cotswolds in England with her husband, five young children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever.

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