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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author turns the clock back to a time when two young girls convinced the world that fairies really did exist....

1917: When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, announce they have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when the great novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorses the photographs' authenticity, the girls become a sensation, their discovery offering something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war.

One year later.... When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript and a photograph in her late grandfather's bookshop, she becomes fascinated by the story of the two young girls who mystified the world. As Olivia is drawn into events a century ago, she becomes aware of the past and the present intertwining, blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, will Olivia find a way to believe in herself?

©2017 Hazel Gaynor (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic Reviews

"Enchanting, magical.... This book reminds us that we are never too old to believe in magic." (Carmel Harrington)
"I adored The Cottingley Secret...an enchanting and enthralling tale of childhood magic." (Pam Jenoff, New York Times best-selling author of The Orphan's Tale)

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Loved this soft story, well written great Narrator, takes you away from any worries you may have, sure it may be predictable but I loved every moment...

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  • 04-11-2017

Brilliant!

I absolutely love this book. I couldn't stop reading but didn't want it to end. This has to be my favourite read of 2017.

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