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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back 100 years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international best seller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917... It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true - didn't it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs' authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told. 

One hundred years later...When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather's bookshop, she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls' lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself? 

©2017 Hazel Gaynor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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Lovely listen!

Lovely listen...great narration for an intriguing story - I really didn't want it to end!

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Heartwarming

This book was perfect. I loved everything about it. Did not want it to end. A magical tale with amazing female characters. Empowering, mystical, moving. I will be recommending this ti many!!!

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Just lovely

What a sweet book! Loved the characters and the whole story. Have loved the fairy stories for years having seen the movie. The book is just great. Narration very good. Loved her accents and characterization. Made it come to life.

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Makes you believe

I loved the originality of this story. It was beautifully written and made me look around for fairies and not want to stop listening. The narration of both Karen and Billie were great.

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Disappointed

I was very disappointed. I thought this would be a great read but, I found it boring and hard to keep up with the jumping back and forth to different storyline's. I kept hoping it would get better but unfortunately it didn't.

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complete and heartwarming

My heart both broke and was restored anew with this story and hope was completely satisfied.

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Enough about fairies !

There are two parallel story lines here, and the fact-based narrative regarding the Cottingley fairy "sightings" was the more interesting. The present day characters were, frankly, rather felt and boring. The narration is good and helped keep me interested when the plot veered into silliness.

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Good overall, but this drove me crazy

I enjoyed this book. I thought the story was good, maybe a little predictable at times. The narrators were great when narrating or portraying the female characters. However, the male narrations seemed very odd.....over the top. I almost couldn’t listen to them. Just my opinion.

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  • Krisie
  • Honolulu, HI, United States
  • 01-23-18

Utterly splendid!

From the start of the book, I knew in my bones, that this was going to be a fantastic book! When I get that feeling, it becomes a very slow listen, as I want to take in every detail of Ms. Gaynor's intricate writing. And also, I do not want the book to end.

Oh and the narration is so wonderful! I love the soothing tones of both narrators.

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charming and hopeful<br /><br />

a simple but sweet story, with an innocent mood, magical but also believable, which is nice

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  • Mrs. Nicola Jemphrey
  • 10-14-17

The original story is better

The story of the Cottingley fairy hoax is endlessly fascinating and was the best part of the book. The other story, set in a modern day Ireland of balmy summer nights and perfect autumn days I don't recognise, was too formulaic and contrived and didn't add anything to the original story; if anything it confused it.

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  • tristan
  • 09-09-17

Magical

A beautiful and thoughtful fairytale written with all the complicated emotions of adulthood, a joy to listen to