• Title: Girl With Secrets
  • Author: Carol Rivers
  • Publisher: Self Published on February 23, 2021
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
  • Pages: 377
  • Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
  • Rating: 4/5

Trigger Warnings: Graphic Scenes of War, Gun Violence, Child Injury, Bullying, Anti-Semitism

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Girl With Secrets Blurb

A coming of age war story and family saga full of romance, mystery and danger in London’s East End. From the Sunday Times and ebook bestselling author of the Lizzie Flowers series and A Wartime Christmas comes a gripping NEW coming-of-age saga about love, loyalties and secrets.


‘Surely one of the best saga writers of her time’ – Rosie Clarke

1938, East London. Nine year old Daisy Purbright is a country girl at heart and together with beloved brother Bobby, they’ve enjoyed the endless freedoms of rural England.

But when her father gambles the family’s fortunes on a speculative investment in London’s docklands, Daisy and her family are swept up into the intrigue, danger and excitement.Desperately the Purbrights attempt to settle to a new life in the East End, but the whisperings of war grow louder.

Then, one late afternoon in September 1940, Adolf Hitler conducts a paralysing bombardment on London and war tightens its grip. Life changes dramatically and closely guarded secrets threaten the Purbrights’ happiness.

Can Daisy and her family survive one of the most fateful events of the 20th century?

Perfect for fans of Nadine Dorries, Pam Howes, Rosie Clarke and Dilly Court.

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My Review

Carol Rivers does a saga right. Girl With Secrets is an excellent coming of age novel with a spirited young lady at its center. I enjoyed every moment of this harrowing story of love and loss in a time of war.

Daisy has an uncanny way of coming across all the secrets. The way she interacts with the adults in the story is interesting. The adults all know the secrets. However, watching Daisy witness how they deal with those secrets is awe-worthy.

The story is also incredibly heart-wrenching. London is one of those places that I’ve always wanted to visit. Reading about how ravaged the city was in WWII breaks my heart. To see such tragedy in my mind’s eye makes me a little sick to my stomach. But, the farm setting is phenomenal. I wanted to be there in the countryside with them.

But, Carol Rivers brings it all full circle. I award Girl With Secrets 4 out of 5 stars. If you are into historical sagas, then this one is a great one to pick up.

About the Author – Carol Rivers

Mum and Dad were both East Enders who were born on the famous or should I say the then infamous Isle of Dogs. Their family were immigrants who travelled to the UK from Ireland and France, while others emigrated to America.

As a child I would listen to the adults spinning their colourful stories, as my cousins and I drank pop under the table. 

I know the seeds of all my stories come from those far off times that feel like only yesterday. So I would like to say a big heartfelt thank you to all my family and ancestors wherever you are now … UK, Ireland, France or America, as you’ve handed down to me the magic and love of story telling.

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