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Publisher's Summary

Beneath the surface lie forgotten secrets....

A village destroyed

It’s the summer of 1935, and 11-year-old Stella Walker is preparing to leave her home forever. Forced to evacuate to make way for a new reservoir, the village of Brackendale Green will soon be lost. But before the water has even reached them, a dreadful event threatens to tear Stella’s family apart.

An uncovered secret

Present day, and a fierce summer has dried up the lake and revealed the remnants of the deserted village. Now an old woman, Stella begs her granddaughter Laura to make the journey she can’t. She’s sure the village still holds answers for her, but with only days until the floodwaters start to rise again, Laura is in a race against time to solve the mysteries of Stella’s almost forgotten past.

Haunting and evocative, The Drowned Village reaches across the decades in an unforgettable tale of love, loss and family.

©2018 Kathleen McGurl (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"The Drowned Village with its dual timelines is a compelling story which drew me straight in and kept me hooked until the past met the future in a satisfying ending. Look forward to reading more from this author." (Linda Finlay, author of The Flower Seller)

"Really touching, a gently gripping mystery. Made me desperate to visit the Lake District!" (Kerry Barrett)

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This was a very enjoyable book to read! Very vivid and was easily taken to the places in the story! Would like to read some more by her!

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  • sadie
  • 09-25-18

Fabulous

I was hooked straight away and found it a fascinating story of love, tragegy and betrayal. I found the narrator a little slow at times but it didn't put me off. It was detailed so I could almost picture how the village would look.
It's a story about Stella who's life was ripped apart when she was just 11 years old. Set in the Peak District in 1935 just before the little village of Brackendale Green had to be evacuated to make way for the new reservoir and lost forever. Fast forward 80 years and a hot summer drought exposes it's remains.