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A captivating novel that evokes the author’s New York Times bestseller The House at Tyneford
It’s a terrible thing to covet your brother’s girl.
New Year’s Eve, 1946. Candles flicker, and a gramophone scratches out a tune as guests dance and sip champagne. For one night only, Hartgrove Hall relives better days. Harry Fox-Talbot and his brothers have returned from the war determined to save their once grand home from ruin. But the arrival of beautiful wartime singer Edie Rose tangles the threads of love and duty and leads to a devastating betrayal.
Fifty years later, now a celebrated composer, Fox reels from the death of his adored wife, Edie. But his connection with his four-year-old grandson—a piano prodigy—propels him back into life, and he must ultimately confront his past.
The Song of Hartgrove Hall is an enthralling novel about love and treachery, joy after grief, and a man forced to ask: Is it ever too late to seek forgiveness?
“Packed with beautiful writing and marvelously conceived characters, The Song of Hartgrove Hall moves effortlessly between the threadbare riches of England’s postwar country house society and the discordant ambitions of modern life, all bound together by a timeless love story.”
Beatriz Williams, New York Times bestselling author
“[A] tender, lyrical novel of family and fame.”
Sunday Express (London)
“A delightful, moving, utterly believable family saga.”
“Part East of Eden, part Far From the Madding Crowd, The Song of Hartgrove Hall finds Solomons hitting perfect pitch in this symphony—sometimes sweet, sometimes bitter, always entrancing—of life.”
“Solomon’s reliably lush prose holds its own.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“The perfect mid-winter read, especially if you’re a Downton Abbey fan…This story will capture your mind and heart.”
Washington Independent Review of Books
“Combines exceptional prose and absorbing story-telling with grace and beauty and is still a page-turner.”
“Descriptions of the verdant British countryside, the grandeur of the manse, and Fox and Edie’s devotion combine in a novel as engaging as Downton Abbey and as literary as a Brontë work.”
“Devotees of television’s Downton Abbey will be drawn in by this novel’s historical detail and emotional story line.”
“Solomons colors this beautiful story of love, loss, and betrayal with rich descriptions of the bucolic English countryside while shining a brilliant light on the inner workings of the music world, new and old.”
“Narrator James Langton tells this lyrical story with gentility and grace…The audiobook goes back and forth in time, showing us both the youthful compiler of folk tunes and the elderly renowned musician…Langton’s leisurely pacing suits the languid atmosphere, and he adequately vocalizes both genders and the varied ages of characters in the story.”
“Written in exquisite and razor sharp prose, The Song of Hartgrove Hall explores the bonds of family, the power of music, and the very nature of what it means to leave behind a legacy. I cannot recommend this novel strongly enough.”
Alyson Richman, author of The Lost Wife
“Natasha Solomons crafts a symphony of words in this luminous novel of a young musician on the verge of great passion. From the very beginning, I was swept away in the music of the story. Brimming with the intertwined melodies of love, loss, and regained joy, The Song of Hartgrove Hall soars.”
Jessica Brockmole, author of Letters from Skye