The Song of Hartgrove Hall (Paperback)
It's New Year's Eve, 1946. Candles are all aglow and a gramophone plays as guests dance for one night at Hartgrove Hall. World War II has ended and the three Fox-Talbot boys are home once again. The house is in ruin, but the beautiful voice of wartime singer Edie Rose sings an enchanting spell. In the near future, Edie must choose between those three brothers, who will be her life long husband. Fast forward fifty years later, now a celebrated composer, Fox, the younger of the three brothers, reels from the death of his adored wife, Edie. Soon comes a new connection with his four-year-old grandson, Robin, a piano prodigy. Robin propels Fox back to life, only to ultimately force him to deal with his past, and his eldest brother. This novel was hard to put down, it always drew me back in.— From Ama's Picks
January 2016 Indie Next List
“Three brothers return to Hartgrove Hall after World War II to find their beloved home hard-used by military forces and greatly in need of repair. Their efforts are complicated by the introduction of the oldest brother's fiance, Edie Rose, whose beautiful voice instilled hope in the British citizenry during the darkness of war. Soon, all three brothers are in love with Edie, but only one will ultimately win her hand. Fast-forward to present times and Edie has just passed away, leaving Fox reeling from his wife's death and mired in grief. Called upon to babysit his four-year-old grandson one day, he discovers that the lad is a prodigy at the piano with an uncanny ability to impart through his grandfather's musical compositions the emotions Fox felt when writing them. This novel is a joy to read and fills readers with a hope of restoration in the face of loss.”
— Vicki Burger, Wind City Books, Casper, WY
From the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, a captivating 1940s English country novel of a love triangle, family obligations, and rediscovering joy in the face of grief, perfect for fans ofKate Morton and Downton Abbey.
It's a terrible thing to covet your brother's girl
New Year's Eve, Dorset, England, 1946. Candles flicker, a gramophone scratches out a tune as guests dance and sip champagne for one night Hartgrove Hall relives better days. Harry Fox-Talbot and his brothers have returned from World War II determined to save their once grand home from ruin. But the arrival of beautiful Jewish wartime singer Edie Rose tangles the threads of love and duty, and leads to a devastating betrayal.
Fifty years later, now a celebrated composer, Fox reels from the death of his adored wife, Edie. Until his connection with his four-year old grandson - a music prodigy propels him back into life, and ultimately to confront his past. An enthralling novel about love and treachery, joy after grief, and a man forced to ask: is it ever too late to seek forgiveness?
About the Author
A screenwriter and novelist, Natasha Solomons lives in Dorset, England, with her husband and young son. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The House at Tyneford, The Gallery of Vanished Husbands, and The Song of Hartgrove Hall.