Books: Precious love in Eleanor's Secret
THE story of Eleanor's Secret is at once a surprising tale tangled with compelling love, an engrossing wartime mystery of past deceptions, family secrets and long-lasting love.
It's London in 1942. Art school graduate, Eleanor Roy, is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee and she comes one step closer to realising her dream of becoming one of the few female war artists. But breaking into the art establishment proves difficult until Eleanor meets painter, Jack Valante, only to be separated by his sudden posting overseas.
Go forward to Melbourne in 2010. Although reluctant to leave her family at home, Kathryn can't refuse her grandmother Eleanor's request to travel to London to help her return a precious painting to its artist.
But, when the search uncovers a long-held family secret, Kathryn has to make a choice to return home or risk her family's future, as Eleanor shows her that safeguarding the future is sometimes worth more than protecting the past.
Written by Australian author Caroline Beecham and published by Allen & Unwin, Eleanor's Secret is available in bookstores. RRP $29.99.