Windsor, England, 2019, and Amelia Prentice is recovering from the worst two years of her life. First her daughter and then her parents have died, leaving her without any surviving relatives.
As she gets ready to put the family home, a vast Victorian house in Windsor, on the market, she fulfils her mother’s last request to clear out the attic, and she discovers a strange box of Victorian photographs.
The photographs are of a large estate in Pembrokeshire called Cliffside, and they feature the Attwater family. When Amelia uncovers the diaries of Osyth Attwater, she realises the family had tragedies of their own…
Pembrokeshire, Wales, 1883. Every summer the Attwater family gather at Cliffside to tell each other stories. The youngest in the house is Osyth, a dreamer and writer who waits eagerly every year for the wind chime in the garden to signal the arrival of her relatives.
But her happiness is shattered when she overhears a conversation that tears her world apart.
Raised by her grandparents, she believed her mother, Eudora, had died. But it seems that may not be the case. Desperate to find out the truth, Osyth decides to unravel her family’s secrets. But what she discovers will shock her to her core…
Alexandra is also the author of the Marquess House Trilogy of dual-timeline novels set in the Tudor and Jacobean eras. She spoke to Historia about the inspiration behind her series and the theme of friendship and support between women, then and now. Alexandra also offered some tips for first-time authors.