A heartbreaking and deeply compelling debut, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a compulsive page-turner about thwarted love, dashed hopes, and family secrets—book-club fiction at its best.
Roberta, a lonely thirty-four-year-old bibliophile, works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. When she finds a letter inside her centenarian grandmother’s battered old suitcase that hints at a dark secret, her understanding of her family’s history is completely upturned. Running alongside Roberta’s narrative is that of her grandmother, Dorothy, as a forty-year-old childless woman desperate for motherhood during the early years of World War II. After a chance encounter with a Polish war pilot, Dorothy believes she’s finally found happiness, but must instead make an unthinkable decision whose consequences forever change the framework of her family.
The parallel stories of Roberta and Dorothy unravel over the course of eighty years as they both make their own ways through secrets, lies, sacrifices, and love. Utterly absorbing, Mrs. Sinclair’s Suitcase is a spellbinding tale of two worlds, one shattered by secrets and the other by the truth.
This is a wonderful story that flips between present day and WWII.
Roberta finds a confusing letter in an old battered suitcase of her grandmother. This takes her through the past of her family to unravel the mystery.
I loved Roberta and this winding tale of her family’s past. As a reader, you can’t help but be drawn into her life and her grandmother’s secrets
This is a heart twisting read with many facets to the story line. That being said…this story is a little confusing in places, but it is well worth the time!
I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.