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Series Title
Wheeler Large Print Book
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Hazel Gaynor
Is Large Print
Publication Date
February, 2018
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
8.60 x 5.80 x 1.20 Inches

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The Cottingley Secret...

"The Cottingley Secret" by Hazel Gaynor is one of those stories that stick with you long after you finish the last page. Bittersweet, haunting, enchanting, and magical are some of the words that come to mind when I think of this book. And, as a personal bonus for me, the theme of the book-the possibility of fairies being real-goes perfectly with the name of my blog! "The Cottingley Secret" tells two stories. One is the story of Olivia, who lives in present-day Ireland. She inherits a bookshop and finds a manuscript written by one of the two girls involved the Cottingley fairy incident. As Olivia reads the manuscript, we are transported back to 1917 in Cottingley England and are told the story of two girls who supposedly discover fairies and "fool" the world. The story of the Cottingley fairies is based on a true story, which makes it even more fascinating. The characters and the story are very well written. Olivia needs to find the little girl inside of her and believe in that person. I love the journey that Olivia's character goes through emotionally and the decisions she makes as she evaluates her life and who she is. The story in 1917 also deals with beliefs and emotions. Believing in fairies gives people hope during the war and people need something to believe in; if fairies and the photographs are real, then anything is possible, such as the war coming to an end. It is such a dark time that people love the story of the fairies and it becomes a sensation, to the extent that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of the Sherlock Holmes books) believes and writes an article on the girls and their fairies. There are so many amazing themes and lessons that one can draw from "The Cottingley Secret." There is a theme of memories and still being the same person deep inside that you always were, even as a little girl and of believing in oneself. Ms. Gaynor's story brought to mind blissful memories of being of a little girl, believing in magic, and it encouraged me to find that little girl once again-to look at the world with wonder. I became so emotionally attached to this book that I didn't want it to end! Tell me in the comments: Do you believe in fairies? Content, Rating and Genre: This is a clean read. There are a few minor swear words. There is also a scene where characters get drunk. I give this book 5 stars! The genre is contemporary, historical, and women's fiction. I want to thank Hazel Gaynor, William Morrow and Dey Street and Harper Collins Publishers for the complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express in this review are my own. This is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's CFR 16, Part 255.

This is a wonderful bo...

This is a wonderful book on the true story of two cousins who claimed to have photographed fairies in the glen near their home in England back in 1917. What starts as a harmless hoax, suddenly becomes a big event when word of the photographs spreads and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle even writes about the authenticity of the photographs. Part of the story takes place in modern times. Olivia finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather's bookstore. The book then goes back a hundred years ago to when Elsie and Frances took their photographs. It was really interesting to read about how these fairy photographs got started and how both girls really did not want all the attention that followed them. A fascinating read into how a nation still in mourning after the war was ready to believe in the magic of fairies. I received a complimentary copy from Librarything Early Reviewers.

I received this book f...

I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. I have read other books by Hazel Gaynor so was thrilled when I found out I had one this book. And after reading even more of a fan of Ms. Gaynor. The Cottingley Secret is a fictionalized account of the true story of two girls who take pictures of fairies, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's involvement and the controversy that results over a period of years. Ms. Gaynor gives two points-of-view, one from Olivia a woman of the present who is home in Ireland to take care of her recently-deceased grandfather's affairs and the other is from Frances, one of the girls caught up in the fairy controversy. What I loved most about this book was that I could hear the characters voices in my head, they all had such a clear presence. Of course as a long-time reader/believer in fairy tales and magic I loved the magic that was woven though out the book. Ms. Gaynor reminds us to live life and consider that faeries and magic can exist if we believe.

I have been fascinated...

I have been fascinated by the true story that took place in England in the early 1900s when pictures of two cousins with fairies was released to the public. (Google "Cottingley Fairies" for the scoop.) The story was later determined to be a hoax...or was it? This book, written by Hazel Gaynor, tells two stories that intersect: one at the time the fairies were spotted and another in the current day. I enjoyed both stories and how they intertwined. And I loved the ending. Keep in mind that this is fiction even though it's based on a true story.


 MY REVIEW OF "THE COTTINGLEY SECRET' by Hazel Gaynor I enjoyed this enchanting and delightful novel "The Cottingley Secret" by Hazel Gaynor. The genres for this novel are Historical Fiction, and Fiction. The timeline of this story vacillates from the past 1917 to the present. In 1917 during the war, which was a disturbing and distressing time, two young cousins  in Cottingley, Yorkshire convince the world that they see fairies in their garden. The girls use a camera and their " imagination" and photograph the fairies. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle writes about fairies and believes the girls' photographs are real. Frances and her cousin Elise promise to keep a secret about the photographs.  Could this really be true? One hundred years later Olivia Kavanagh, mourning her grandfather's death, is in his Old Bookstore and discovers an old manuscript about the two young girls and photographs. Olivia is conflicted with secrets of her own, but something draws her to this manuscript.  What is there about this manuscript that makes Olivia question things she believes in? I love the author's descriptions of the breathtaking landscape, waterfalls and countryside.  I appreciate the author's historical research and the way the author describes her characters and their story. The author talks about family, friends, love , faith and hope. I would highly recommend this magical and inspirational novel.  I received an Advanced Reading Copy from Great Thoughts Ninja Group for my honest opinion.

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