The Royal Daughter - Soraya Lane
"My darling B, my heart, my soul. I only wish we'd had longer. Longer to search for the daughter that I should never have given up. The daughter that I should have been brave enough to keep, brave enough to tell you about, brave enough to tell the world about."
London, Present day. As Ella looks down at a faded black-and-white photograph of an unknown woman and child alongside a yellowing piece of sheet music, she wonders how the two things can possibly relate to her own family. The items were left for Ella at Hope's House, a home for unmarried mothers whose babies were adopted.
Soon Ella learns that the photograph was taken on the picturesque Greek island of Skopelos, nestled in the calming turquoise waters of the Aegean sea, and that the woman in the photo holds the key to her heritage. Ella's new flame, Gabriel, urges her to unravel the mystery. He will wait for her for as long as she is on the island.
Though torn, Ella decides to go and, once there, she discovers a heart-wrenching story of a royal family forced to leave their country for a new life in London, and of a girl with a unique talent for music who captured the heart of a young violinist.
When Ella uncovers the sacrifice made by the two young lovers and comes face to face with her forgotten Greek family, her life is turned upside down. Will their story give her the courage to follow her own heart back to London and Gabriel, or will the beauty of the island capture her heart and lead her to a new love altogether?
A totally addictive and heart-breaking novel about the strength of family ties and never giving up on true love. Perfect for fans of Santa Montefiore, Lucinda Riley and Victoria Hislop.
What everyone is saying about Soraya Lane:
"Outstanding, I wanted to stay awake to read more and kept finding 5 minutes here and there to pick up the book!... Amazingly written" NetGalley reviewer
"Amazing... I cried buckets, I laughed, and totally loved it" Goodreads reviewer
"I started this book last night and finished it today... I couldn't stop reading... Heartfelt... I was moved to tears... touched my heart in every way imaginable" Goodreads reviewer
Soraya Lane is the author of historical and contemporary women's fiction, and her novel Wives of War was an Amazon Charts bestseller. Soraya lives in her native New Zealand.