The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch – Bee Readin'

The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch

The Hidden Women by Kerry Barrett is a historical novel that goes between present day 2018 and back to the war in 1944. The story delves into the history of the women who flew for the ATA in Britain and family secrets one woman hoped would never be uncovered.

I was pulled into this novel immediately. First I love historic novels, second, I am incredibly curious and thirdly, I am deep into genealogy, so discovering family stories really intrigues me.

The book starts in present day London 2018. Helena Miles is a young single mom who loves digging into the past and it is also her job. She works as a researcher for a hit television show “Where Do You Come From”?, and her work has her dealing with mainly celebrity families. When the handsome superstar Jack Jones blows into her life, Helena will put on a path she never saw coming. While researching Jack’s genealogy, a familiar name pops up and Helena finds herself unexpectedly sliding down a deep dark rabbit hole into her own family history.

Readers are soon transported back Berkshire, England 1944. Lillian Miles is an ATA pilot and flies every type of aircraft during the war. When her niece starts poking around, she remains quiet about the secrets she has locked deep in her soul hoping they would never be discovered.

Helena’s job has strict rules about using the company resources to research your own family, but she ignores them hoping no one will discover her digging into her own family. Jack encourages her to continue her work and helps her along the way. This too will bring Helena trouble.

When Helena brings the information to her family, her father has his own questions and wants her to continue researching. What she discovers could quite possibly destroy her family. What happened to her Aunt Lillian during the war, why won’t she talk about it and what do the answers mean for her family?

If you really enjoy historical novels, are curious about the past and family stories and genealogy, you will love this novel. I enjoyed going between present day and the past to learn Lillian’s story. The book really is about friendship, sisterhood, strong women and family secrets.

The author did an incredible job bringing the character’s to life, giving them depth and you may just find yourself sympathetic to both sides. One wanting to keep the past secret and the other needing to know the truth.

I noticed the book was published a year ago today, so happy book anniversary to Kerry Barrett for a truly wonderful novel. Even better, Amazon’s Kindle price today is .99 cents. Don’t know if it is a one day deal or the price for now, but either way, it is totally worth the buy and read.

Until next time,
Bee Readin’

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10 thoughts on “The Fairy Tale Girl by Susan Branch”

  1. I love Susan Branch and have been collecting her books since she first come on the literary scene. I didn’t know about all the “extra” goodies she has available. Thank you for her link. Off to get my credit card…

    1. Nanci,
      I love it all too. Have the note pads, desk calendar, books, cookbooks and the list goes on. Her art work and books put a smile on my face. Happy Shopping!!

  2. It’s wonderful to meet another Girlfriend and kindred spirit, Terri! ♥ Susan Branch has been such an inspiration in my life, home, garden and family traditions for the past thirty years. It feels like such an honor to read her memoir ~ a wonderful, heartwarming trilogy! I’m to happy to hear that you are enjoying Martha’s Vineyard Isle of Dreams. It is my very favorite book of all! 🙂 Can’t wait to follow along (virtually) on Susan’s blog as she travels through England and Scotland for the next two months! I have shared many stories about Susan Branch on my blog. Stop by for a visit some time! ♡

    1. Dawn,
      Thank you so much for your comment. It is nice to meet you, another girlfriend through Susan Branch. I love her things and she has been such an inspiration to me too. I loved her memoir, I truly felt like a girlfriend sitting over a cup of tea and having a conversation with her. I am in the middle of Martha’s Vineyard, Isle of Dreams and loving it too. I will be following along virtually through England and Scotland and am looking forward to the picnic. Her blog showed some adorable napkins and I’m sure it will be a memorable event. I can’t wait to check out your blog.
      Thanks again. Terri

  3. Susan Branch…the name sounded familiar but I couldn’t place her until you said “scrapbook”. Yes, I have used her stickers and albums. The story sounds great, another to add to my list (which is growing quite large thanks to your recommendations). 🙂
    P.S. I too am an April baby.

    1. Janet, Another April birthday and scrapbooking, sounds like we have so much in common. If you love her artwork, you will love the book. She ties the artwork in with her life story and it is hard to put down. Enjoy! Hope to read another great hiking story soon. Have an awesome day!

      1. Terri, I FINALLY read this book. I scrolled through your website to find your review and I can’t believe it was in 2016 that you wrote it. Wow, time flies. I felt like it was just a few months. I adored this book. I could hardly put it down and didn’t want it to end. I’m a fan. Now I’ll read her other two (though it might take some time for me to get to them as well). Thank you for always recommending such interesting reads. Hope you’re doing well.

        1. Janet,

          I am thrilled you finally got to the book and read it. I’m even more thrilled that you loved it and are a fan. She is actually writing another book, not sure when it is due out. I love her books, her art and her creativity. Thank you for following along and it warms my heart that you are finding interesting books amongst my reads. I am doing really well, thanks. I hope all is well with you too. Any great hikes planned in the near future?

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