I adore the Lake District – it’s definitely my favourite part of Britain and very possibly my favourite place in the world. It was only ever a matter of time before I set a novel there!
And here it is. The Drowned Village, inspired by the real-life valley of Mardale and the Haweswater reservoir.
Here’s a Pinterest board with images that inspired me while I wrote this novel.
The novel is due for publication September 20th 2018, and is currently available to preorder as both ebook and paperback.
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Beneath the surface lie forgotten secrets…
A village destroyed
It’s the summer of 1935 and eleven-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella’s family apart.
An uncovered secret
Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can’t. She’s sure the village still holds answers for her but, with only days until the floodwaters start to rise again, Laura is in a race against time to solve the mysteries of Stella’s almost forgotten past.
Haunting and evocative, The Drowned Village reaches across the decades in an unforgettable tale of love, loss and family.
And the prize for the first review of this book goes to… drum roll… Karen at GoBuyTheBook. She “was transported back to 1935, and could truly visualise the landscape and houses making up the village of Brackendale Green”. Thanks so much, Karen!
The countryside in The Drowned Village was closely based on Mardale Green and the Haweswater reservoir. The hot summer of 2018 caused the reservoir to dry out – life imitating art! Some fabulous photos of the real-life drowned village re-emerging here.