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When We Meet Again

When We Meet Again

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‘Books about the power of stories to bring people together and nourish their spirits are my favourite kind. So it was with much joy that I read When We Meet Again, a wonderful tribute to all things bookish. But it is also a compelling exploration of a heartbreaking and little known aspect of wartime life. The research, compassion and sensitivity poured into novel are admirable and make for a deeply affecting reading experience.’

- Natasha Lester, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret

‘[A] deeply compelling wartime tale of love and mystery.’

- Woman’s World

‘Beecham pulls off a thrilling conclusion and elevates the story with some well-researched context on the publishing industry during the war, when demand for books was high. Fans of sentimental WWII fiction will fly through this.’

- Publishers Weekly

‘Character-driven with the impending doom of war looming, When We Meet Again delivers a softly paced mystery with a dash of hope and romance to keep readers rooting for Alice when outlooks look dim.’

- Booklist

‘Movingly rendered. . . The characters are likeable [and] the charms of daily life in 1943 London, seen through the kindhearted Theo’s eyes, make up for any weaknesses in realism. The unusual subject of baby-farming makes this well-told story stand out.’

- Historical Novel Review

‘A compelling story of a determined young woman and her quest for justice set against the fascinating world of publishing–and even a zoo–during World War II.’

- Rhys Bowen, New York Times bestselling author of The Tuscan Child

‘When We Meet Again is a poignant and absorbing novel about a young woman editor personally devastated by the historically true practice of “baby farming” during World War II-era London. Caroline Beecham’s emotional and beautifully written story is a testament to the enduring power of a mother’s love and to the power of books and stories themselves, in even our darkest times.’

- Jillian Cantor, USA Today bestselling author of In Another Time and Half Life

‘By turns heart-pounding and heart-tugging, When We Meet Again is a dramatic story of baby farming in WWII-era London. Following a mother searching for her stolen daughter, Caroline Beecham’s writing, rich with historical detail and filled to the brim with emotion, will pull readers in from the very first page.’

- Molly Greeley, Author of The Clergyman’s Wife and The Heiress

‘An evocative and heart-warming story that reminds us of everything that is important.’

- Belinda Alexandra, Author of The Invitation and The Mysterious Woman

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About the author

Caroline is the bestselling author of four books: Maggie’s Kitchen, Eleanor’s Secret, Finding Eadie and Esther’s Children. Her debut novel was shortlisted for Booktopia’s Best Historical Fiction in 2016 and nominated as Book of the Year.

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About the book

A love bound by hope, secrets, and the power of reading

London 1943: War and dwindling resources are taking their toll on the staff of Partridge Press. The pressure is on to create new books to distract readers from the grim realities of the war, but Partridge’s rising star, Alice Cotton, leaves abruptly and cannot be found.

Alice’s secret absence is to birth her child, and although her baby’s father remains unnamed, Alice’s mother promises to help her raise her tiny granddaughter, Eadie. Instead, she takes a shocking action.

Theo Bloom is employed by the American office of Partridge. When he is tasked with helping the British publisher overcome their challenges, Theo has his own trials to face before he can return to New York to marry his fiancee.

Inspired by real events during the Second World War, Finding Eadie is a story about the triumph of three friendships bound by hope, love, secrets and the belief that books have the power to change lives.