A sweeping family saga of long lost love, a forbidden secret and a family reunited.
The Lost Pearl
By Emily Madden
From Pearl Harbor to the shores of Sydney, a family secret that spans generations could unite a family – or destroy it.
Honolulu, Hawaii 1941
On the evening of her sixteenth birthday party, Catherine McGarrie wants nothing more than for the night to be over, even though the opulence of the ballroom befits the daughter of a US Navy Rear Admiral. Then she meets Charlie, a navy officer from the other side of the tracks, a man her parents would never approve of.
As rumours of war threaten their tropical paradise, Catherine and Charlie fall in love. But the bombing of Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941 changes their lives forever.
Seventy–five years later, addled by age and painkillers, Catherine tells her granddaughter Kit her story and reveals the tale of a long–lost treasure. Can Kit uncover the secret and reunite her family? Or will the truth tear them apart?
I am not typically a historical fiction reader but when a book comes along that just blows your mind as this one did, it has made me want to delve more into historical fiction books.
Emily grabbed my attention from the start and I could not put this book down, I devoured it in days. I had to stop reading to do the wife/mother duties and also to sleep!!!
The story begins in Hawaii 1941, Catherine (Kitty) McGarrie meets Charlie the love of her life at her 16th Birthday party. Fast forward to Sydney 2016 Catherine ends up in hospital and her granddaughter Kit Bennett visits her and this is where we hear the story of love, heartache and all about the lost pearl. We are the taken on an adventure of a lifetime.
Oh, if you are reading this review to find out what happened guess what, you aren’t finding out from me, sorry but you have to go get a copy and read it yourself!!!
But I will give you the heads up on one thing, before you start reading this book, clear your diary and make sure you have a box tissues handy as you are going to need them!!! (I wish someone told me this)
It is a beautifully written story and Emily has achieved a work of art with this novel. I was transported me to some wonderful places throughout this book. Emily has done some thorough research, which has made the description of the Pearl Harbor battle come across as authentic.
This story is one that I can honestly say is going to stay with me for a long time. I still feel the high emotions of the story today. It is a must-read book.
I highly recommend it!!!
Top Pick 2018
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Number of Pages: 480
Publication Date: 20/08/2018|
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers|
Category: Historical, Romance, General Fiction
About the Author
A self-confessed romance nerd, Emily Madden covets books like some women covet shoes and handbags (although she has a decent collection of each of those too!). Her love of books started at a young age and she would often go shopping with her mum just so she could score yet another novel. Nothing has changed – she rarely leaves a bookstore without a book. While she reads anything and everything, stories that touch the heart and uplift the soul are what she loves the most.
Emily wrote her first story at eight and was horrified when she was made to read it out aloud at her school assembly. She dabbled with poetry before returning to writing novels, albeit many years later. Emily lives in Sydney with her two girls and husband. She loves coffee and is forever frequenting her local coffee haunts. She has an unnatural obsession with needing to be close to the ocean, but is terrified of deep water.