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All of Rachel Hore’s Books in Order!
Who is Rachel Hore?
Rachel Hore is a British fiction writer who used to work at HarperCollins before moving to Norfolk with her husband–author D. J. Taylor–and children in 2001. That’s when she started her writing career.
First, she worked on a short story that keep on growing until it became her first novel, The Dream House, published in 2006. Since then, she wrote close to a dozen books.
For a long time too, until recently, Rachel Hore taught Publishing and Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.
How to read Rachel Hore Books In Order?
This is all of Rachel Hore’s novels in order of publication. She didn’t write any series.
- The Dream House (2006)
- The Memory Garden (2007)
- The Glass Painter’s Daughter (2009)
- A Place of Secrets (2010)
- A Gathering Storm (2011)
- The Silent Tide (2013)
- A Week in Paris (2014)
- The House on Bellevue Gardens (2016)
- Last Letter Home (2018)
- The Love Child (2019)
- A Beautiful Spy (2021)
- One Moonlit Night (2022)
- The Hidden Years (2023)
What is the plot of the Rachel Hore’s books?
For more information about the stories written by Rachel Hore, you’ll find below the official synopsis for all the novels:
The Dream House (2006) – Everyone has a dream of their perfect house. For Kate Hutchinson, the move to Suffolk from the tiny, noisy London terrace she shares with her husband Simon and their two young children was almost enough to make her dreams come true. Moving in with her mother-in-law must surely be only a temporary measure before the estate agent’s details of the perfect house fall through the letterbox. But when Kate stumbles upon the house of her dreams, it is tantalizingly out of her reach. Its owner is the frail elderly Agnes, whose story echoes so much of Kate’s own. And Kate comes to realize how uncertain and unsettling even a life built on dreams can be.
The Memory Garden (2007) – A hundred years ago, Lamorna Cove, a tiny, picturesque bay in Cornwall, was the haunt of a colony of artists. Today, Mel Pentreath hopes it will be a place she can escape the pain of losing her mother and a broken love affair, and gradually put her life back together. Renting a cottage in the enchanting grounds of Merryn Hall, Mel embraces her new surroundings and offers to help her landlord Patrick restore the overgrown garden. Then Patrick finds some old paintings in the attic, and as he and Mel investigate the identity of the artist, they are drawn into an extraordinary tale of illicit passion and thwarted ambition from a century ago, a tale that resonates in their own lives.
The Glasspainter’s Daughter (2009) – In a tiny stained-glass shop hidden in the backstreets of Westminster lies the cracked, sparkling image of an angel. The owners of Minster Glass have also been broken: Fran Morrison’s mother died when she was a baby; a painful event never mentioned by her difficult, secretive father Edward. Fran left home to pursue a career in foreign cities, as a classical musician. But now Edward is dangerously ill and it’s time to return. Taking her father’s place in the shop, she and his craftsman Zac accept a beguiling commission – to restore a shattered glass picture of an exquisite angel belonging to a local church. As they reassemble the dazzling shards of colored glass, they uncover an extraordinary love story from the Victorian past, sparked by the window’s creation. Slowly, Fran begins to see her own reflection in its themes of passion, tragedy, and redemption.
A Place of Secrets (2010) – Auction house appraiser Jude leaves London for her dream job at Starbrough Hall, an estate in the countryside, examining and pricing the manuscripts and instruments of an eighteenth-century astronomer. She is welcomed by Chantal Wickham and Jude feels close to the old woman at once: they have both lost their husbands. Hard times have forced the Wickham family to sell the astronomer’s work, their land and with it, the timeworn tower that lies nearby. The tower was built as an observatory for astronomer Anthony Wickham and his daughter Esther, and it served as the setting for their most incredible discoveries.
A Gathering Storm (2011) – 2011. When Lucy’s troubled father Tom passes away, she travels to Cornwall to visit his childhood home – the once-beautiful Carlyon Manor. Before he died, Tom had been researching an uncle she never knew he had. Determined to find out why, Lucy tracks down Beatrice Ashton, a local woman who seems to know more than she lets on, and has an extraordinary story to tell… 1935. Growing up in Cornwall, Beatrice plays with the children of Carlyon Manor – especially pretty, blonde Angelina Wincanton. Then, one summer at the age of fifteen, she falls in love with a young visitor to the town: Rafe, whom she rescues from a storm-tossed sea. On the surface, her life seems idyllic. But the dark clouds of war are gathering, and nobody, not even the Wincantons, will be left untouched.
The Silent Tide (2013) – When Emily commissions an account of novelist Hugh Morton, she finds herself steering a path between Morton’s widow who’s determined to protect his secrets, and the charming and ambitious Joel Richards. But someone is sending Emily messages about Hugh Morton’s past and she discovers a buried story that has to be told.
A Week In Paris (2014) – When talented young violinist Fay Knox arrives in Paris from England, the city feels familiar to her. But not because Fay has visited Paris before. Back home, she finds an old canvas bag with a mysterious luggage tag hidden in her mother’s old trunk, and soon starts to realize her connection with the streets of Paris runs deeper than she ever imagined. As Fay traces the past, she is taken back to 1937 Paris – and the eve of a war that changed her mother’s life forever. When she discovers a dark secret buried years ago, Fay begins to question who she really is and where she belongs.
The House on Bellevue Gardens (2016) – Bellevue Gardens is a tranquil London square, tucked away behind a busy street. You might pass it without knowing it’s there. Here, through the imposing front door of Number 11, is a place of peace, of sanctuary and of secrets. It is home to Leonie; once a model in the sixties, she came to the house to escape a destructive marriage, and now, out of gratitude, she opens her house to others in need. Rosa, Stef, and Rick are running from their own problems. They have all found their way to Leonie’s home, each seeking refuge and searching for a new start. But then Leonie discovers that the house which has provided sanctuary for so many is under threat. Can she rescue the place that saved her all those years ago…?
Last Letter Home (2018) – Can a chance encounter unlock one woman’s past? On holiday in Italy, Briony Wood becomes fascinated by the wartime story of a ruined villa hidden amongst the hills of Naples. Not only is it the very place where her grandfather was stationed as a soldier in 1943, but she also discovers that it harbours the secret of a love long lost. Handed a bundle of tattered letters found buried at the villa, Briony becomes enraptured by the blossoming love story between Sarah Bailey , an English woman, and Paul Hartmann , a young German. The letters lead her back almost seventy years to pre-war Norfolk. But as Briony delves into Sarah and Paul’s story, she encounters resentments and secrets still tightly guarded. All too quickly it is clear that what happened long ago under the shadow of Vesuvius, she suspects, still has the power to cause terrible pain…
The Love Child (2019) – London, 1917. When 19-year-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth. Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London.
A Beautiful Spy (2021) – It all began in the summer of 1928… Minnie is supposed to find a nice man, get married and have children. The problem is it doesn’t appeal to her at all. She is working as a secretary, but longs to make a difference. Then, one day, she gets her chance. She is recruited by the British government as a spy. Under strict instructions not to tell anyone, not even her family, she moves to London and begins her mission – to infiltrate the Communist movement. She soon gains the trust of important leaders. But as she grows more and more entangled in the workings of the movement, her job becomes increasingly dangerous.
One Moonlit Night (2022) – Forced to leave their family home in London after it is bombed, Maddie and her two young daughters take refuge at Knyghton, the beautiful country house in Norfolk where Maddie’s husband Philip spent the summers of his childhood. But Philip is gone, believed to have been killed in action in northern France. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Maddie refuses to give up hope that she and Philip will someday be reunited. Arriving at Knyghton, Maddie feels closer to her missing husband, but she soon realises that there’s a reason Philip has never spoken to her about his past. Something happened at Knyghton one summer years before. Something that involved Philip, his cousin Lyle and a mysterious young woman named Flora…
The Hidden Years (2023) – In 1966, sensitive and musical Belle Patterson is finishing her first year at a Midlands university but not enjoying it and is troubled by secrets in her family life. When, after a chance meeting, she falls in love with talented and attractive folk musician Gray Tucker, he easily persuades her to abandon her studies and accompany him to Cornwall, a place that piques her interest because of a particular photograph she’s recently found of herself as a baby. On a small commune at Penmartin House near the beautiful Helford estuary she finds life off-grid idyllic at first, the other people creative and interesting, but underlying tensions soon reveal themselves.
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