The Drowned Village
Based on an incredible true story…
Britain, 1954. The Second World War has ravaged the country, and for years families had been forced to go without to help the war effort. Even in the tiny stone village of Capel Celyn – where time seemingly stands still in the lush beauty of the surrounding hills – the war has left behind empty tables and broken hearts. But then the residents learn that their beloved village is at risk of being taken from them, and in the most shocking way imaginable. Who will be brave enough to save it?
Present day. Al Locke, retired Navy Captain, sets off up the well-worn track through the valley, towards the pretty village of Capel Celyn, determined to find the girl he once loved. Elin Jenkins: the dark-haired Welsh beauty he was going to marry after the war… until tragedy tore them apart.
But what he finds in that silent valley is a mystery greater even than their own. The village, once lively, is underwater. A shimmering ghost town in the depths of a vast lake. How can he find Elin when all trace of her has vanished? And will she be capable of forgiving him for his part in their tragic loss?
A gorgeously atmospheric and page-turning read about family secrets, heartbreak and learning to forgive. Fans of Kate Morton, Fiona Valpy and Lorna Cook will adore this beautiful book.
What readers are saying about The Drowned Village:
This beautifully unique tale will fill you with hope, then will suddenly break your heart into a million pieces. Without giving too much away, it is truly an emotional rollercoaster, so tissues at the ready! Norma Curtis, you have gained a new fan :).’ Off the Hook Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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‘Kept me reading until the end!! I would highly recommend this book!!’ NetGalley reviewer,
‘Truly heart-wrenching.’ Goodreads reviewer
A beautiful and heartbreaking story… I cannot wait to read more by this author. This author has now become a go-to author.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘I absolutely loved this.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘Excellent story… So much emotion… A definite must read.’ Goodreads reviewer
‘Set around WWII this is a heartbreaking tale of love and loss… beautifully written… a poignant ending… Loved it!’ Goodreads reviewer