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The Hiding Places by Catherine Robertson (April 2015)

Rich in myth, mystery, warmth and wit - a touching novel about what it means to be alive.

When April Turner's small son is killed by a car, she decides she is no longer entitled to anything but the barest existence.  Five years on, she has shed everything and everyone she loves, and expects to be this way for ever.  Then a letter arrives from an English solicitor, informing April that she is the last surviving heir to Empyrean, a long-abandoned country house.

At first, April resists.  But with the letter comes a map full of tiny mysteries, and she is drawn all the way from New Zealand to the English countryside, and into a small but intriguing circle of people: musician Oran, who remains loyal to his faithless wife; Jack, who lives wild in the woods with a dog; and Sunny, Lady Day, approaching ninety but more vital than others half her age.

Sunny knew Empyrean in its prime, and her stories bring the past to life.  But will April be prepared to give up her principles and start coming alive again herself?
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