Combining the atmosphere of Jess Walters’ Beautiful Ruins with the intriguing historical backstory of Christina Baker Kline’s The Orphan Train, Deborah
Lawrenson’s mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese
town with a shadowy past—where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a
dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.
to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an
unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career. Faro is an enchanting
town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan
Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But behind the crumbling façades of
Moorish buildings, Joanna soon realizes, Faro has a seedy underbelly,
its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. And Nathan has
an ulterior motive for seeking her company: he is determined to
discover the truth involving a child’s kidnapping that may have taken
place on this dramatic coastline over two decades ago.
Joanna’s subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically insists she will find answers in The Alliance,
a novel written by the American Esta Hartford. The book recounts an
American couple’s experience in Portugal during World War II and their
entanglements, both personal and professional, with their German enemies.
Only Rylands insists the book isn’t fiction, and as Joanna reads deeper
into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford’s
story and Nathan Emberlin’s may indeed converge in Faro—where the past
not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger. Download and start listening now!