The Faithful by Juliet  West
(Macmillan, 2017)

The Faithful

by Juliet West

As England is pulled towards war, the secrets within two families threaten to tear them apart . . .

July 1935. In the village of Aldwick on the Sussex coast, sixteen-year-old Hazel faces a long, dull summer with just her self-centred mother Francine for company. But then Francine decamps to London with her lover Charles, Oswald Mosley’s blackshirts arrive in Aldwick, and Hazel’s summer suddenly becomes more interesting. She finds herself befriended by two very different people: Lucia, an upper-class blackshirt, passionate about the cause; and Tom, a young working-class boy, increasingly scornful of Mosley’s rhetoric. In the end, though, it is Tom who wins Hazel’s heart - and Hazel who breaks his.

Autumn 1936. Now living in London, Hazel has grown up fast over the past year. But an encounter with Tom sends her into freefall. He must never know why she cut off all contact last summer, betraying the promises they’d made. Yet Hazel isn’t the only one with secrets. Nor is she the only one with reason to keep the two of them apart . . .

From the beaches of Sussex to the battlefields of civil war Spain, The Faithful is a rich and gripping tale of love, deception and desire.

Reviews

A wonderful writer ”
- Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist and The Muse
A vivid and unforgettable story of love, The Faithful sweeps readers not only into the social turmoil of the 1930’s but into the turmoil of the human heart. Absorbing, fast-paced, and poignant, the portrait of ordinary people caught up in movements bigger than themselves makes this a must-read for today’s readers.”
- Ann Weisgarber, author of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree and The Promise
The Faithful is a rich, multi-layered story of love, loss and conflict - a story woven around characters so real, they stay with you long after the book has ended. At once heartbreaking and full of hope - with insights so perceptive, drama so compelling I raced through the book to find out where and how it would finish. I loved it, and I'm recommending it to everyone I know!”
- Isabel Ashdown, author of Little Sister
A twisting plot, in a little-known era - I was totally absorbed”
- Lissa Evans, author of Their Finest and Crooked Heart
'Rich in period detail and told with warmth, wit and passion. Wonderful”
- Jason Hewitt, author of Devastation Road
'A compelling and perceptive story of divided loyalties and the complexities of love, friendship and family”
- Isabel Costello, book blogger and author of Paris, Mon Amour
Vibrant prose and characters. So well drawn, and incredibly topical”
- Vanessa Lafaye, author of Summertime and At First Light
enthralling...tugs the reader close to the inner lives of ordinary people, characters whose decisions and dilemmas, loves and losses remain with you long after reading”
- Jane Rusbridge, author of Rook
A vivid, compelling tale of confused loyalties, compromises and consequences.”
- Suzannah Dunn