Haunted by a devastating tragedy she believes she has caused, nineteen-year-old Nadine Hall has lived an illusion rather than face a brutal reality. Eager to make a fresh start, she lands a dream job as a carer for an archaeologist near Cannes – the perfect location for the movie buff that she is – shortly before the film festival is due to be held. The blissful existence she finds among her charge, Lilly Somerville, Lilly’s sister Viv who suffers from dementia, and Agnes the housekeeper is soon shattered with the arrival of Lilly’s only daughter, Katrina, who wants Nadine gone. As the implications of losing her job and being sent home are greater than anyone can imagine, Nadine will do anything to outsmart Katrina and win her charge’s favour. When she happens upon Lilly’s account of her life in German-occupied Paris, she banks on using it to her advantage. But her audacious scheme backfires, with grave consequences.
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Born in Beirut, Dana K. Haffar went on to obtain an MLitt in English Literature from Oxford at a time when the “City of Dreaming Spires” and war-torn Lebanon were poles apart. Out of a love for books and languages, she chose a career in writing and editing for various academic and commercial institutions. She’s the author of ‘Beirut in Shades of Grey’ and ‘Leah’. Her novels are journeys into the human mind and human behaviour under exceptional circumstances, journeys she would rather take with her readers.