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This title presents a moving tale of love and loss, set at the outbreak of World War II. It is 1938. Meg Stephens, a young art student from a middle-class North London family, travels to Saint Tropez with a friend in pursuit of art and adventure. Captivated by the colours and scents of Provence, the two girls embark on a painting holiday through which they meet a circle of bohemian artists and writers including the famous Pierre Bonnard. As war approaches, and the storm-clouds gather over Europe, Meg is drawn into the exotic entourage of Madame Leary and Les Cigalettes. Very soon she has fallen deeply and irrevocably in love; with Werner, an Austrian-born intellectual exiled from his homeland for his political views...Many years later, after Meg has died, her daughter Alice discovers a long-lost painting which had belonged to her mother, and which tells the story of this secret wartime love affair.
Charlotte Hardy is the author of Julia Stone, Far From Home, The Last Days of Innocence and Abby O'Leary and from Severn House, Sarah. She is married and lives in Surrey.