The Sea Gate by Jane Johnson – Book Review

Synopsis:  Rebecca’s mother has recently died and while sorting through her personal belongings, she finds a letter from her mother’s cousin, Olivia who is elderly and requesting assistance.  Feeling at loose ends with her mother gone, Rebecca decides to go and meet Olivia to see if she can assist.  She arrives in Cornwall to find Olivia in the hospital and a very run-down house which has to have major fixes and improvements done in order for Olivia to be discharged from hospital.  Rebecca gets to work restoring the home and while doing so uncovers secrets from long ago and the present.

My thoughts:  This book has a dual timeline set in present day and during WWII.  We have a bit of everything in this book – a story where the house is a main character; murder; financial abuse of the elderly, romance and to my utter delight – a swearing parrot.  There are a lot of layers in this book and I found it very enjoyable.  I found it quite reminiscent of Kate Morton’s works and if you enjoy her books, you will quite likely enjoy this story.

This book is available now from booksellers. Thank you to Netgalley who provided this book to me in exchange for an honest review.

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