The Secrets of Nanreath Hall
By: Alix Rickloff
Not your typical coming of age novel, The Secrets of Nanreath Hall has many more intriguing layers and captivates your attention until the very last page. It’s 1940 in this novel, the war has affected many and now cities across England are being bombed by the Nazis. At the center of the physical turmoil of war, is a newly minted Red Cross nurse, Anna Trenowyth. As she struggles to make a difference in the war, Anna is wounded in France. Nurse Trenowyth is able to recover from her injuries, only to suffer more, though this time the injuries are emotional. After losing her mother as a baby, Anna Trenowyth was taken in and raised by friends of her mother. These foster parents of hers are claimed by the war setting Anna on a search for answers about her mother’s mysterious past.
The Secrets of Nanreath Hall switches back and forth between Anna’s story during World War Two, and her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth’s diary. As Anna searches for answers while working in her astranged family’s home as a Nurse, the reader catches glimpses into her mother’s past. Reader and Anna become intertwined as they both struggle to uncover the truth about Lady Katherine. The Secrets of Nanreath Hall is a delightful window into two very intriguing times in history, and shed light on the plight of women and their roles in society. Duty and passion butt heads throughout the pages of Rickloff’s latest book and make for delightful story to read.