Nearly 70 years ago, on August 15, 1952, a devastating flash flood nearly destroyed the village of Lynmouth on the coast of North Devon. Among the dead was a young woman, who was never identified.
That was the starting point for my new novel, which publishes on November 5. Who was she? What had led to her being there? What had happened to her before that terrible night? Recreating the life of this unnamed girl led me back to WW2 and made me question the impact that dreadful events can have on a person’s ability to develop and sustain lasting relationships. Can all scars heal or do deep wounds continue to fester?
I hope I have done justice to the real life story, honoured those who suffered at that time and stimulated thoughts about how people can recover from disaster.
I’m thrilled to read the following words in a very sympathetic review written by Fiona Alison for the Historical Novel Society:’Although Kate’s contemporary work-life sections are drawn-out at times, her delicate care over what fragments of her aunts’ lives to preserve, and her interactions with long-time neighbours about the reclusive siblings, is heartfelt. There is an ordinary everydayness to the author’s story, which is very moving, and the fate of the many spinsters left behind by the Great War resounds through the book’s poignant title.’
It is so encouraging to read reviews from the blog tour for this book, confirming that readers are understanding why this story had to be told. I’m very grateful to all the reviewers, like Fireflies and Freekicks Fiction Reviews who said:
‘This is probably the longest review I have written. I have so much more to say about this book, because each time I think about it, I find some other parallel, or something else that struck me.
I guess that’s the sign of a really good book – it continues to make you think long after the last page has been read. This definitely qualifies.’
I don’t want to think that this novel was in any way prophetic, but it does deal with Spanish Flu around the end of WW1. The first draft was written ten years ago and and I signed up to rework the story in September 2019. Little did I know that the last year would suddenly make this so poignant. Hopefully by the time it is published on June 29 we shall be seeing light at the end of the tunnel.
So thrilled to read the latest review. I’m trying to write the next book, but keep reading this five-star review!
‘OH MY GOD! What a book. I was hooked right from the start … the plot twist at the end, just left me bawling. Words won’t do justice to this book. Please pick it up and read it asap.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Why is every new book guaranteed to stretch a writer’s nerves? Your critique group like it, so does your agent and your editor is confident, but until the first reviews start appearing it doesn’t seem as if anyone else is going to love it. So huge relief all round to see these early five-star reviews emerging. It’s going to be alright! Phew!
‘What an amazing tale, I’ve been totally captivated the whole way through the story of Stevie and Ruby it’s heart wrenching at times,I totally loved every pageand what an amazing ending. I can totally recommend this OUTSTANDING book for all.’ Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
‘I can’t get over how good this book was. The Girl Without a Name filled me with so many emotions. … A page-turner for sure as you are transported back and forth between past and present. …Goldring’s in depth research, character development, and plot execution has made me a big fan. An excellent read. Five amazing stars. I loved it!’ Cyireadbooks, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐