My review for The Skylark’s Secret by Fiona Valpy, 5/5 stars.
Set in Scotland, with a dual timeline, the story follows the lives of Flora during World War II and her daughter, Lexie, in the late 70s. Lexie, disillusioned with life in London and no longer able to sing, returns to her late mother’s cottage in the Scottish village where she grew up. But she finds it hard to adjust to her new life.
I loved reading both the characters’ stories, and the background setting of the loch and the simple way of life added a touch of magic to the narrative. The two stories seamlessly interweave, and come together at the end with a lifelong secret being revealed.
I’ve already read a couple of books by this author and loved them, so I knew this would be a wonderful read. Her writing transports you to another time and place, with characters who will remain in your heart for a long time after you’ve finished reading.
A beautifully written story I highly recommend.