The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

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Read The Cottingley Secret Online Free - “The Cottingley Secret tells the tale of two girls who somehow convince the world that magic exists. An artful weaving of old legends with new realities, this tale invites the reader to wonder: could it be true?” — Kate Alcott, New York Times bestselling author of The Dressmaker

One of BookBub's Most-Anticipated Books of Summer 2017! 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred 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 bestseller 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?


Title : The Cottingley Secret
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ISBN : 006249984X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 416 pages


Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ rated it ★★★★★

September 02, 2017

This book is so very magical 💕 It was my feel good book and let me give justice to the amazing cover! I want to go there!! This story is about Frances and Elsie from the past and Olivia from present day. Olivia has come home to Ireland to get her grandparents (nana & pappy) things in order. Ol...

Diane S ☔ rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2017

Whimsical, lyrical, a pure delight, and I fell into this magical story just like Alice falling into the rabbit hole. It is 1917 and Nine year old Frances and her mother leave South Africa for Cottingley, England to stay with family while her father fights in the war. There she find a cousin, Elsi...

Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader rated it ★★★★★

August 15, 2017

I read The Girl Who Came Home by Hazel Gaynor and deeply enjoyed it. Gaynor's writing was beautiful and uplifting, even in the midst of the Titanic tragedy. The Cottingley Secret, her fourth novel, is one I want to hug, and it's going to my favorites shelf. Told in dual storylines; one story is o...

Cheri rated it ★★★★★

November 17, 2017

4.5 Stars ”I know that the best time to see them is in that perfect hour before sunset when the sun sinks low on the horizon like a ripe peach and sends shafts of gold bursting through the trees. The ‘in between.’ I call it. No longer day, not yet night; some other place and time when magic hangs...

Phrynne rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

This is a rather clever fictional approach to the true story of the Cottingley fairies. Back in 1917 when photography was still fairly basic and people were less cynical than today, two young girls fooled the world with photos of paper fairies posed at the bottom of their garden. This is the true...

Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2017

Can Olivia have some connection to Elsie and Frances who lived 100 years ago? Can Olivia find it? Is the connection somewhere in the pages of the rare books in the bookshop, SOMETHING OLD, that Olivia's grandfather left her? Is it in the story she finds that leads her to believe in herself like El...

Wanda rated it ★★★★★

September 05, 2017

My thanks to my Goodreads friends Melissa and Rory, whose reviews pointed me towards this lovely book. It was a nearly perfect book for me—first, there is the question of what Frances has actually seen. In her mind, she has seen fairies and I found myself wanting so much to believe her! Having spe...

❀⊱Rory⊰❀ rated it ★★★★☆

November 16, 2017

4 stars. Two hankies and one pot of Earl Grey tea. Olivia Kavanagh, now living in London, has gone home to Ireland. Her grandfather has passed away and her grandmother is in a nursing home, suffering from Alzheimer's disease. As she clears out her grandparent's cottage and tidies up their antiquar...

Myrna rated it ★★★★☆

October 31, 2017

The Cottingley Secret has a little bit of everything: magic, loss, deceit, heartache and love! The characters are well drawn and both timelines intertwine nicely. One timeline is based on true events of two young girls that photographed fairies in Yorkshire. I knew nothing of The Cottingley fairi...

Heather rated it ★★★★★

April 26, 2017

With lyrical prose, Gaynor captures the vivid imagination of two young girls, their journey through a world of lush forest and glittering streams and the magic that lies therein--an escape from the difficult realities of family life and WWI era England. I was utterly transported to the enchanting...

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