The Cottingley Secret

The Cottingley Secret

Book - 2017
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Once upon a time, one hundred years ago, two English girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible: through that remarkable medium photography, they took pictures of actual fairies. They fooled their parents. They fooled the press. They fooled Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the world. Now, in her newest novel, Hazel Gaynor re-imagines their story.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062690487
0062690485
9780062499844
006249984X
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: 383, 16 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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Do you believe in fairies? Could you? If you have ever had thoughts of garden nymphs and fairies, this is the book for you. Written in two timelines, both tell the story of hope and believing in yourself and sometimes things not everyone can see with the naked eye. There is also discussion of why we believe what we do and how does this belief in the whimsy fairies actually fill gaps? A lovely little tale, beautifully described and a delight to read. Try it! (Submitted by Jamie)

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unicorn1
Sep 17, 2018

Even though I agree with the previous comment that this book was predictable and full of cliches, e.g., "warbling brook", I found that I enjoyed it anyway. Perhaps it was just that it was a welcome change from the dark events and behaviour that are going on in our world at the moment. Fairies at the end of the garden, whether real or not, are something lovely to think about!

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pp47
Feb 04, 2018

I am really enjoying this story with back history at end in mine, I won on goodreads Have loved all her books

LoganLib_Adults Jan 30, 2018

A light easy to read novel.

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Mordraid
Jan 29, 2018

Cottingley Secret...I read it all for a book club. I felt tortured by the cliches, the "warbling brooks", the predictability. I found it almost a torturous read. Thank God I've finished. There are, I think, so many ways she could have made the story work. But didn't. It also dragged on and on and on. It is a long time since I felt hostaged by a book. My opinion, of course. No more Gaynor for me.

MGBustillo Jan 06, 2018

Revisit the fairy controversy that captured the world's attention when Sir Arthur Conan Doyle got involved in this historical fiction.

samdog123 Jan 03, 2018

I really like Hazel Gaynor's books and this one is no exception. A mystical, lovely story about the Cottingley fairy sightings that occurred in the early 20th Century in rural England. Follows the narrative of the two girls who took pictures of fairies, which later turned out to be a hoax--or was it? The past and the present overlap and the threads of the old and new stories bind together very well.

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dougslater
Dec 22, 2017

I really liked this pleasant story.

ehbooklover Nov 05, 2017

Magical. Enchanting. Compelling. Delightful. Atmospheric. Honestly, there aren't enough words to describe how much I absolutely loved this book. I could not put it down. One of my favourite reads of 2017, bar none. Note: the story of the Cottingley fairies is based on a true story.

SPL_Robyn Oct 02, 2017

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, October, 2017

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SPL_Robyn Oct 02, 2017

It is 1917 and the Great War wages on. Frances Griffiths’ father is fighting somewhere in France, and she and her mother are forced to move to Cottingley in Yorkshire to live in with Frances’ aunt, uncle and cousin Elsie. Elsie is much older than Frances but she has a playful spirit, and tells Frances enchanting tales of the “little people”, the fairies who are thought to dwell near the little brook by her home. As a joke on the unbelieving adults, Elsie takes photographs of Frances and the “fairies”, an innocent prank until the photographs are brought to the attention of a celebrated novelist – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle –who is convinced they are authentic and proof of the spiritual world. They keep their secret for decades, though it makes Frances quite uncomfortable, because she has found that she can actually see, or at least sense the little people, especially if she is still, and very, very patient.

One hundred years later in Ireland, Olivia Kavanaugh finds she has inherited her beloved grandfather’s bookstore, Something Old. As she struggles with his loss, her Nana’s fading memory, an unwanted and impending wedding and attempts to help the little store thrive, she discovers an old manuscript telling Frances story from her own perspective that contains links to her own life in 21st century Ireland. She also finds some new friends, and ties to her past that give her new courage in the present. She also finds evidence – she thinks – that the little people are not wholly gone from the Irish landscape…

An introspective novel only just touched by magic that gives the very real Cottingley Fairies Hoax a new and thoughtful back-story, this newest novel from Hazel Gaynor with parallel narratives is sure to please fans of Cynthia-Harrod Eagles and Sarah Addison Allen alike. ~RLG

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