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The outstanding new novel from the Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of The Garden of Lost and Found.

‘It’s a funny old house. They have this ceremony every summer . . . There’s an old chapel, in the grounds of the house. It’s half-derelict. The Hunters keep bees in there. Every year, on the same day, the family processes to the chapel. They open the combs, taste the honey. Take it back to the house. Half for them – ‘ my father winced, as though he had bitten down on a sore tooth, ‘and half for us.’

Catherine, a successful barrister, vanishes from a train station on the eve of her anniversary. Is it because she saw a figure – someone she believed long dead? Or was it a shadow cast by her troubled, fractured mind?

The answer lies buried in the past. It lies in the events of the hot, seismic summer of 1989, at Vanes – a mysterious West Country manor house – where a young girl, Jane Lestrange, arrives to stay with the gilded, grand Hunter family, and where a devastating tragedy will unfold. Over the summer, as an ancient family ritual looms closer, Janey falls for each member of the family in turn. She and Kitty, the eldest daughter of the house, will forge a bond that decades later, is still shaping the present . . .

‘We need the bees to survive, and they need us to survive. Once you understand that, you understand the history of Vanes, you understand our family.’

Prepare for the stunning brand new novel by Sunday Times top five bestselling novelist Harriet Evans. THE BELOVED GIRLS is coming summer 2021. You can pre-order your copy now.


‘Spellbinding’ Independent

Gorgeous Stylist

‘My top book of 2019’ Dinah Jeffries

‘Her best yet’ i newspaper

‘Gripping’ Irish Times

‘Multi-layered, heartbreaking . . . beautiful’ Veronica Henry

‘Heart-stopping and wonderful . . . an epic, sweeping, romantic story told brilliantly’ Sophie

‘Evocative’ Good Housekeeping

‘I can’t remember the last time I was so enthralled’ Red

‘Epic, absorbing … full of intrigue and emotion’ Fabulous

‘A sweeping novel you won’t put down’ Katie Fforde

Atmospheric and descriptive, Evans creates a tangible world full of tragedy and hardship, love and redemption, with a satisfying conclusion. Hugely enjoyablePsychologies

‘I was blissfully carried away by this intelligent (she’s as good as the great Rosamunde Pilcher), classy and superbly executed family saga’ Saga

‘A really superior modern saga, with utterly true to life characters’ Sunday Mirror

‘Harriet Evans has superbly captured the complexities and emotions of her characters’ My Reading Corner

‘Explosive, emotional and completely addictive’ Bookaholic Confessions

‘Had me hooked until the last page … this is an accomplished piece of writing’ Shaz’s Book Blog

‘A cleverly written, engrossing story, full of secrets and lies’ Laura’s Little Book Blog

Have you lost yourself in the captivating novels of Harriet Evans? You can fall in love with the Winter family of A PLACE FOR US, enter the world of the Wildes in the breathtaking novel THE WILDFLOWERS – a Richard and Judy Summer Book Club pick; explore the dark corridors of Keepsake in THE BUTTERFLY SUMMER or discover the spellbinding and Sunday Times bestselling THE GARDEN OF LOST AND FOUND . . . All available now.