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Charlotte Moore
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7 Feb 2008
When her husband died, it was clear to Verity that she would have to sell Knighton, the beautiful old house where her daughter, Hester, had grown up and where her mother before her had come as a young bride. But the move proved to be a beginning rather than an ending: it revealed a host of secrets which the three women had been harbouring. Successful, single and independent, Hester was determined to put to rest the legacies that she had inherited.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0670917060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670917068
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,871,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for George and Sam:

'Extraordinarily positive and insightful . . . she is wonderfully upbeat, funny and completely without self-pity' Daily Mail

'Intelligent, admirably dispassionate. An unhysterical, thought-provoking portrait shot through with moments of unexpected humour' Daily Telegraph

'Outstandingly well written. Powerful and deeply affecting' Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Charlotte Moore was born in 1959. She read English at St Anne's College, Oxford, and history of art at Birkbeck College, London. She has published three novels, Promises Past, Martha's Ark and My Sister Victoria; a highly-praised account of her life with her two autistic sons, George and Sam, based on a column she wrote for the Guardian; as well as three biographies for children of Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth I and William the Conqueror.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secret revelations 20 Oct 2008
Beautifully written, the story of three generations of women unfolds gently and fluidly. The language and wonderful use of description is at times not unlike Austen, yet it's a very contemporary novel with strong hints of intrigue and deception that compelled me to keep turning the pages. With likeable and totally believable characters, Grandmother's Footsteps is ultimately a very satisfying read. Not least because you cannot help but compare the women with one's own family members - I defy you not to!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 2 Aug 2010
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Keep with the first few chapters - the character details are complex. After that, a really well written, intriguing plot. Hope there will be a sequel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Three Women, Three Secrets 2 July 2013
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Charlotte Moore's fourth novel tells the story of Knighton, a lovely house in the Sussex countryside, and of the three generations of women in the same family who have lived there. Evelyn, suffragette and novelist, came to Knighton as the bride of a much older former explorer, after losing the love of her life in World War I. Her daughter Verity grew up there, and when Evelyn became too frail to manage a big house alone moved back as an adult to live there with her husband Simeon (a high-flying lawyer) and her daughter Hester. Years later Hester, now a forty-year-old divorced radio broadcaster, independent, but beginning to wonder if a life as a single woman without children is a good idea, returns to Knighton to help her mother sell the house, after Simeon's death. Soon after her arrival, she discovers that it's not only her practical help that's required - her mother wants to tell her a secret about Simeon, hidden for many years. And Verity is not the only one with secrets. Soon it turns out that Evelyn had her secrets too - secrets that she wrote down for Verity and Hester to read about after her death. And Hester has her own secret - she is pondering whether to use either her very part-time boyfriend or her ex-husband to get herself pregnant. But does she want to be a single mother? Would she prefer one alternative - to get back with her ex-husband as he's offered, and have a family that way? Or does she really want to keep her independence? Gradually, as Hester ponders over her past and that of her mother and grandmother, she comes to some kind of self-acceptance and realizes where her priorities lie.

This is a novel that focuses more on character than on plot - not always a bad thing, if the characters are interesting enough.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 women and secrets 27 July 2010
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I couldn't really get to grips with this book. Felt it was dotting around all over the place until I lost track of who was who and what happened to who and how everything connected. Good idea for a story but not clearly written.
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