Tuesday, January 18, 2022

BLOG TOUR - The Widow's Last Secret


Victorian England, 1846: A gripping and powerful story about one woman’s incredible courage in the face of heartbreak, and a secret that – if revealed – could destroy everything.

Six years ago, Bella Farrow lost everything. Desperate and starving, she made a terrible mistake that forced her to abandon her home, her livelihood and her family. And when the only person she trusted – her beloved, steadfast husband – was killed in a tragic accident, Bella was left alone. She had to make her own way, while keeping her past hidden upon risk of imprisonment, or worse…

Now Bella is living a quiet life under a secret identity and making a good, honest living. But then a young, handsome man named James Earlham comes to town, and everything changes. Their instant connection disturbs her heart, her peace and her safety. Because Bella knows that for their love to flourish, she will have to reveal the secret that has remained hidden all these years – and put her trust in James.

Bella’s heart tells her to confess everything. But can she be sure James is really who he says he is? Can Bella truly be herself with him? Or is she putting her life in the hands of the one person who could betray her?

A page-turning novel about secrets, mistaken trust and the impossibility of hiding from your past, The Widow’s Last Secret is a must-read for fans of Kerry Barrett, Kate Morton and Tracy Rees.

Title:   The Widow's Last Secret
Author:  Lora Davies
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Historical Fiction
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   284
Date of Publication:   January 18, 2022
My Rating:   5 Stars

Desperation leads to an act that proves that good people can do bad things. That is the case with Bella Farrow. She and her husband are starving and she commits theft. Her husband stands by her and they leave their home and family and start over again. Forced to take on a dangerous job, Bella's husband eventually loses her life. This is utterly devastating to Bella as her love for him reached no bounds. Now she is all alone and must find her way yet again. Her secret travels with her.

Bella's life does turn around and she holds her head up high, even chancing finding love once again. However, Bella wants a clear conscience. The man that found a way into Bella's heart is James Earlham, a railway engineer, and Bella soon must wonder if revealing her secret once and for all will finally give her hope and love for her future?

This book took many a sad turn. I felt for Bella throughout but as I read this book I kept waiting for the shoe to fall regarding her past. Then, as the story went on I found myself watching James with a wary eye. 

What an utterly compelling read. Bella's decision to steal in order to eat followed her at a close clip throughout and it was heartbreaking as life came full circle for her. The drama, the twists, the knowledge of the coal mines and the early railway system, all came together in a story that also included romance, loss and heartbreak.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


For as long as I can remember, I have been happiest with a book in my hands. From hiding under the covers with a torch as a small child so that I could stay up reading, to studying English at university so that I could get my hands on even more books - I guess it was only a matter of time before I went from reading books to writing them. It wasn't a straightforward path; my passion for gripping plots and rounded characters led me first to work as an actor and theatre director, but after a Creative Writing course at my local bookshop, I was hooked. After completing a Masters at Royal Holloway, University of London, I finished my first novel, Daughter of the Shipwreck. I live in Brighton where I get inspiration from the incredibly rich history of the city and the inspiring and beautiful natural environment.


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Twitter: @DaviesLora 

Website: https://www.loradavies.com/

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