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The Hideaway

By: Norma Curtis
Narrated by: Susie Riddell
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Summary

Thea looked at the small suitcase on the kitchen table. The tan leather was scuffed, with the soft gleam of age. She ran her hands over the smooth, cool lid. The thunk of the lock sounded very loud in the stillness of the cottage and she froze, her eyes on her grandmother’s bedroom door. Hearing nothing, she took a big breath and peered inside....

Hedi Fischer, aged 90, smooths her hair and applies a touch of red lipstick from the tube. Over her pristine wool skirt suit she has knotted a men’s tartan bathrobe, wrinkled and frayed with age. Hedi hasn’t taken it off since Harry passed. Since the day she gave away everything but her battered leather suitcase and decided that she too was ready to die.

Thea has never met her grandmother Hedi, so she’s surprised when she receives a call from social services to take the frail old woman home. She’s not sure how Hedi will fit into her new life–the one where she’s left her boyfriend and moved into a run-down cottage miles from the nearest town. And Hedi refuses to talk about her past or why she and Thea’s mother haven’t spoken for more than 30 years. So when Thea spots Hedi’s old suitcase on the table, she can’t resist taking a peak inside.

What Thea finds there is more heartbreaking than she could have ever imagined. It is a story that begins in World War Two, when young Hedi arrives by train at a Nazi concentration camp, from which she has no hope of escaping alive....

A heartwarming and emotional listen that will have you reaching for the tissues! Perfect for fans of Fiona Valpy, Lily Graham, and Rachel Hore.

©2022 Norma Curtis (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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I listened to this in a day! Doesn’t shy away from the hard truths of the past. You won’t regret it.

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Touching story of family

I loved the characters and how real they were. The ending was a very nice surprise!