Rachel Hore

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The Love Child

book | Fiction | 2019
Simon & Schuster (Ed. Suzanne Baboneau)

The captivating, Sunday Times bestselling novel from the author of Last Letter Home, a 2018 Richard and Judy Book Club pick.

London, 1917

When seventeen-year-old Alice falls pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family.  But all Alice can think of is the small, kitten-like child she gave away, and how the father, a young soldier, so beloved, will never have the chance to know his daughter.  

Meanwhile, Edith and Philip, a couple unable to have children of their own, secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, given up by a young unmarried mother. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children but no one will tell her the full truth. 

As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at last come to light?


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A story that stirs the deepest emotions

Woman & Home

A gorgeous and deeply absorbing story

Tracy Rees

An emotive and thought-provoking read . . . My heart went out to both these two women as they faced such difficult personal decisions that would change their lives forever

Rosanna Ley

I found her writing warm, compassionate in this story about one girl's search for her true identity amidst the secrets and dynamics of her adopted family. It had a realism about the poignancy of illegitimacy in this prewar setting

Leah Fleming

Simply stunning . . . I savoured every moment of this moving story of love, loss and, ultimately, forgiveness. The Love Child is an absolutely beautiful book and, in my view, Rachel’s best so far

Dinah Jefferies

Rachel's stories are always absorbing and intricately woven and The Love Child is no exception. This is a wonderfully moving tale of love and loss, hope and eventual reconciliation, and I very much enjoyed it

Barbara Erskine

The Love Child is a hugely compelling, poignant and moving read. Rachel has great skill as a storyteller and readers are sure to be engrossed and swept away by her clever double-stranded tale

Jane Johnson

A poignant story, rich in period detail

Sunday Mirror

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