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The New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back 100 years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international best seller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.
1917... It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true - didn't it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs' authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.
One hundred years later...When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather's bookshop, she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls' lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself?
©2017 Hazel Gaynor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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By Dana Rampi-Cruz on 10-22-17


This book was perfect. I loved everything about it. Did not want it to end. A magical tale with amazing female characters. Empowering, mystical, moving. I will be recommending this ti many!!!

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By Amazon Customer on 08-16-17

Lovely listen!

Lovely listen...great narration for an intriguing story - I really didn't want it to end!

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By Mrs. Nicola Jemphrey on 10-14-17

The original story is better

The story of the Cottingley fairy hoax is endlessly fascinating and was the best part of the book. The other story, set in a modern day Ireland of balmy summer nights and perfect autumn days I don't recognise, was too formulaic and contrived and didn't add anything to the original story; if anything it confused it.

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By tristan on 09-09-17


A beautiful and thoughtful fairytale written with all the complicated emotions of adulthood, a joy to listen to

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