The Married Girls by Diney Costeloe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is my first read by Diney Costeloe, although I’ve heard many praises for her previous works and was very excited to read her new release.
The war has finished, but Charlotte and Daphne’s new lives are only beginning. Two girls with different backgrounds, end up in a small English village. Each girl carries an individual goal. Charlotte, German-born, happily married to an English man, with two wonderful children, is looking forwards to a peaceful life in a beloved village. But when she thinks her past is behind her – it makes a shocking appearance. And here we have beautiful and charming Daphne, desperate to marry and reside as a lady of the manor… comes to a sad realization that the manor is not as large and rich as she had expected, and worse than that – under a big financial struggle.
Great story of love and loss, betrayal and forgiveness, heartbreak and happy ending. I have enjoyed the stories of both Charlotte and Daphne, and as much as I tried to dislike Daphne, I felt sorry for her… and later – joy, for her finding and embracing the life she finally enjoyed. I understand that this novel is the second book of the series, and not reading the previous novel I was left confused about Charlotte and Harry’s background. Although an author has shaded light and given us a little backstory on Harry’s character, his and Lisa’s story remained a mystery to me. Nevertheless, I absolutely love the storyline Diney Costeloe has written for Charlotte. I think it was a great ending to this story. Thank you NetGalley and Head of Zeus publisher for a free and advanced copy of the novel.
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