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Author Reading with Heather Marshall
The Secret History of Audrey James

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Saturday, June 8, 2024 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Bayfield Community Centre, 4 Jane Street, Bayfield

The Reading is followed by a Q&A. The author will be available to sign books following the Reading.

Moderated by Gemevieve Graham, author of The Secret Keeper.

The #1 bestselling author of Looking for Jane returns with a poignant, gripping novel about a pianist in Berlin on the cusp of WWII and a choice she makes that echoes across generations.

Sometimes the best place to hide is the last place anyone would look.

Northern England, 2010
After a tragic accident upends her life, Kate Mercer leaves London to work at an old guest house near the Scottish border, where she hopes to find a fresh start and heal from her loss. When she arrives, she begins to unravel the truth about her past, but discovers the mysterious elderly proprietor is harbouring her own secrets…

Berlin, 1938
Audrey James is weeks away from graduating from a prestigious music school in Berlin, where she’s been living with her best friend, Ilse Kaplan. As she prepares to finish her piano studies, Audrey dreads the thought of returning to her father in England and leaving Ilse behind. Families like the Kaplans are being targeted as war in Europe threatens.

When Ilse’s parents and brother suddenly disappear, two high-ranking Nazi party members confiscate the Kaplans’ upscale home, believing it to be empty. In a desperate attempt to keep Ilse safe, Audrey becomes housekeeper for the officers while Ilse is forced into hiding in the attic—a prisoner in her own home. Tensions rise in the house and the chance of survival diminishes by the day. When a shocking turn of events pushes Audrey to become embroiled in cell of the anti-Hitler movement - clusters of resisters working to bring down the Nazis from within Germany itself - Audrey must decide what matters most: saving herself, protecting her friend, or sacrificing everything for the greater good.

Inspired by true stories of courageous women and the German resistance during WWII, this is a captivating novel about the unbreakable bonds of friendship, the sacrifices we make for those we love, and the healing that comes from human connection.

 

Author Bio

Heather Marshall was born and raised in Canada, where she lives with her family and their giant golden retriever. She worked for several years in politics and communications before finally turning her attention to her true passion: storytelling.

Heather's debut novel Looking for Jane was an instant #1 bestseller and dominated the Toronto Star and Globe and Mail bestseller charts for 27 total weeks over the course of 2022-2023, including 5 consecutive weeks at #1.

Selected as one of Indigo’s Top 10 Best Books of 2022, the Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2022, and CBC’s Best Canadian Fiction of 2022, Looking for Jane was also chosen as STYLE Canada’s Book of the Month, CityLine’s Book Club pick, and was an Indie Next pick. It has been published in 14 languages in 19 territories around the world, and was recently optioned for development into a television series. 

You can connect with Heather on instagram @heathermarshallauthor

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