In 1913, a ship arrives in Australia from London with a four-year-old girl travelling alone on board. She carries nothing but a small suitcase with a book of fairy tales inside, and she says she cannot remember her name. All she remembers is that a lady she calls The Authoress told her she would come back for her. In Brisbane, 2005, Cassandra inherits an old cottage in Cornwall from her recently deceased grandmother, a cottage of whose existence she had no idea. Her grandmother, Nell, was once the little girl on that ship. Cassandra follows her footsteps and travels to England to help solve the mystery of her past.
If you are looking for a novel to escape into this is the perfect one. Part history, part mystery, this is a lovely story weaving three generations of women together to discover their past and future. The book has the feel of magic without actually being including any fantasy characters. Once I got into the story, it was hard to put down. Give yourself a treat and go pick it up today.