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Song of the Skylark

By Erica James

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The captivating new novel from the SUNDAY TIMES bestseller

Lizzie has always had an unfortunate knack of attracting bad luck, but this time she's hit the jackpot. Losing her heart to her boss leads to her losing her job, and with no money in the bank, Lizzie finds herself forced to move back home with her parents. When she reluctantly takes another job, she meets Mrs Dallimore, a seemingly ordinary elderly woman with an astonishing past . . .

Now in her nineties, Mrs Dallimore is also coming to terms with her situation. Old age is finally catching up with her. As she and Lizzie form the bond of unexpected friendship, Mrs Dallimore tells the story of a young girl who left America before the outbreak of World War Two and, in crossing an ocean, found herself embarking on a new life she couldn't have imagined.

As Lizzie listens to Mrs Dallimore, she begins to realise that she's not the only person to attract bad luck, and that sometimes life has a way of surprising you . . .

Biographical Notes

With an insatiable appetite for other people's business, Erica James will readily strike up conversation with strangers in the hope of unearthing a useful gem for her writing. She finds it the best way to write authentic characters for her novels, although her two grown-up sons claim they will never recover from a childhood spent in a perpetual state of embarrassment at their mother's compulsion.

The author of many bestselling novels, including GARDENS OF DELIGHT, which won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award, and her recent Sunday Times top ten bestsellers, SUMMER AT THE LAKE and THE DANDELION YEARS, Erica now divides her time between Suffolk and Lake Como in Italy, where she strikes up conversation with unsuspecting Italians.

Visit her website www.ericajames.co.uk or follow her on Twitter @theericajames

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  • ISBN: 9781409159551
  • Publication date: 10 Mar 2016
  • Page count: 400
  • Imprint: Orion
A thoroughly enjoyable feel-good read — FANNY BLAKE, WOMAN AND HOME
A stunning book, brilliantly written, poignantly capturing the lives of both women. The Song of the Skylark will totally captivate you and your emotions, impossible to put down! Highly Recommended! — Kaye Thorne, HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES
A beautifully crafted and hugely uplifting tale of friendship, history and love. A real gem. — Isabelle Broom, HEAT MAGAZINE
A captivating tale of love and loss — Kerry Hiatt, SUNDAY EXPRESS MAGAZINE
Written with tenderness and genuine affection, Song of the Skylark grabs you by the heartstrings and won't let go. Poignant, moving and totally captivating, this is a stunning story to savour from first page to last. — Pam Norfolk, LANCASHIRE EVENING POST
Inter-generational friendship takes centre stage in this upbeat and heartwarming novel — THE LADY
Absorbing and uplifting — Karen Byrom, MY WEEKLY
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