• The Secret Diary

  • Gripping and Emotional WW2 Historical Fiction
  • By: Anna Stuart
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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The Secret Diary

By: Anna Stuart
Narrated by: Katy Sobey
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Publisher's Summary

Two women. One house. And a secret that spans decades....

The past merges with the present in an unforgettable, poignant story of love, loss and courage in this beautifully written story set between World War Two and the present day. 

She steps into the room and it’s like going back in time. 

Catapulting her right into the heart of the 1940s. 

The spindle of the record player frozen and ready to play. The flowery wallpaper faded but intact. A soldier’s uniform pressed and hung on a door, coal still in the fireplace. 

A floorboard creaks beneath her and she notices a small desk in the corner of the room. She opens the top drawer and runs her hands along the edges, something catching at her fingertips. A hidden compartment. And behind it, the soft edges of a book. 

As she dusts it off, she can see it has a red leather covering, the pages yellowing with age. She realises it’s a diary. Some of the pages have been torn out. The first entry has 16 June 1945 printed in neat little letters at the top. Below it, in hurried, untidy script are the words: 

"My name is Nancy Jones. And I have a secret...."

Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Alice Network, and Lilac Girls will love this incredible tale of the amazing bravery and inspiring friendships of everyday women during World War Two that had the power to change history. 

©2021 Anna Stuart (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"I absolutely LOVE this book...it had my heart breaking and tears constantly streaming down my face!... I can’t give this enough praise, I genuinely loved it so much.... A beautiful love story...an emotional rollercoaster...such a tear jerker. Absolutely recommended from me, you NEED to read this!" (Curled Up with a Good Book)

"It broke my heart and put it back together several times...loved the book from the first page to the last." (Portobello Book Blog)    

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Interesting but too long.

A decent story for sure, but too drug out and narration got old. I quit with 12 minutes left. I couldn’t do it anymore.