Alice is the protagonist in Finding Eadie and is fearless in the pursuit of her Eadie, and despite the social pressures of the 1940s and the treatment she endures, she cleverly uses the guise of her work in the publishing world to search for her daughter.
As with most stories, there is light and dark and some of the light comes from the role that London Zoo, a place that is important to Alice and her family, played throughout the war. It kept its doors open to visitors and entertained them with its exotic animals and memorable keepers, some of whom I’ve featured in the novel.
I don’t want to give too much away—and you can read the synopsis and the excerpt—other than to say that Finding Eadie is a perfect read for our times. Its set in the publishing world of London and New York, and the characters are bound together by their shared belief that books have the power to change lives, and their communal fight to publish more books with ever-dwindling resources. Like now, there was an increased demand for books—as a distraction for the troops, for entertainment as the public and voluntary services waited in shelters and during blacked-out nights—and as people strived to understand their world and find an escape. It does feel quite bizarre that history has repeated itself in the challenging first months of 2020 when many of us have turned to books for distraction, information, entertainment, inspiration, escape and hope.
Finding Eadie is a story about the triumph of love; romantic love, parental love and the love between friends, and of course, it’s a celebration of our long-standing love-affair with books and I can’t wait to share it with you!