Fiction & Drama
Lisa Rookes on the inspiration behind The Gallows Tree
Congratulations to historical fiction author Lora Davies, whose novel The Widow’s Last Secret is published in paperback and ebook by Bookouture today.
Set in 1846, at the dawn of the steam engine age, this is a page-turning novel about secrets, mistaken trust and the impossibility of hiding from your past, perfect for fans of Kerry Barrett, Kate Morton and Tracy Rees.
Six years ago, Bella Farrow lost everything. Desperate and starving, she made a terrible mistake that forced her to abandon her home, her livelihood and her family. And when the only person she trusted – her beloved, steadfast husband – was killed in a tragic accident, Bella was left alone. She had to make her own way, while keeping her past hidden upon risk of imprisonment, or worse…
Now Bella is living a quiet life under a secret identity and making a good, honest living. But then a young, handsome man named James Earlham comes to town, and everything changes. Their instant connection disturbs her heart, her peace and her safety. Because Bella knows that for their love to flourish, she will have to reveal the secret that has remained hidden all these years – and put her trust in James.
Bella’s heart tells her to confess everything. But can she be sure James is really who he says he is? Can Bella truly be herself with him? Or is she putting her life in the hands of the one person who could betray her?
Lora Davies studied English at the University of Hull before training as an actor at East 15. After working as an actor and director for companies including English Touring Theatre, The Orange Tree and Theatr Clwyd, Lora rediscovered her passion for writing on a course at her local bookshop. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and her debut novel, Daughter of the Shipwreck, was published in August 2021.