Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! We hope you are having a wonderful holiday with your families, feasting to your hearts content!
To celebrate this American holiday with you, we’re re-reading a few books from our archives that feature Americans in Britain, or Britons in America.
After all, the special relationship between our nations is stronger than ever, with almost 177,185 American-born residents of the UK. And we LOVE having them around. Thanks to them our supermarkets finally stock Skippy peanut butter! (There’s more about this on our American imports we love Pinterest board!)
So if you find yourself with any free time this weekend, why not give one of these a try…?
Homecoming Girls by Val Wood
Hull, 1874. The beautiful, mysterious Jewel Newmarch, adopted as a baby, turns heads wherever she goes – her exotic looks point to her origins far away from the streets of Hull. Even at her cousin Elizabeth’s wedding, she is the belle of the ball. But as she looks on at the happy, newly-married couple she feels a restlessness and intense longing to know her own roots.
And so she decides to return to her birthplace in America, taking the bride’s twin sister Clara as her companion. In discovering the mysteries of Jewel’s past the girls realise that this is a life-changing voyage of discovery for both of them, as they learn important lessons about family, friendship, love and home. But most importantly, love…
Read an excerpt of Homecoming Girls
The Angel of Brooklyn by Janette Jenkins
In January, 1914, Jonathan Crane returns home from his travels with a new American bride, former Coney Island showgirl Beatrice. In the remote Lancashire village Beatrice is the focus of attention, the men captivated by her beauty, and the women initially charmed by tales of her upbringing in Normal, Illinois, with her father, an amateur taxidermist, and her brother, a preacher—although she will take the story of how she became the Angel of Brooklyn to her grave.
But when the men head off to fight in the Great War, the glamorous newcomer slowly becomes an object of suspicion and jealousy for the women who are left behind and as the years pass and their resentment grows, Beatrice’s secret proves to be her undoing. Beautifully observed, tragic, funny, and so evocative you can taste the candy floss at Coney Island and feel the chill of wartime England, this is an extraordinary, heartbreaking story.
Rachel’s Secret by Susan Sallis
In 1943 two schoolgirls, Rachel and Meriel,best friends in the Gloucestershire city where they have grown up, amuse themselves by tracking down imaginary German spies. It all seems a harmless way of whiling away the long school holidays, until their game turns into a frightening reality, the consequences of which affect their whole lives.
Rachel becomes a reporter on the local paper while Meriel, a GI bride, goes to live in Florida. But the bonds which hold them together can never be broken, as the secrets and scandals which first surfaced in those far-off wartime days eventually come to light.