Can Eleanor follow her heart in troubled times?
Eleanor Roy is determined to do her bit for the war effort after being recruited by the War Artist Advisory Committee. When she meets handsome artist Jack Valante, her dreams seem to be finally coming true when Jack promises to help her pursue her ambition of becoming an artist. But after a whirlwind romance, Elean...more
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“War art was the public face of the warring nation; their visible response to the conflicts and a reflection of their national grief.”
Eleanor’s Secret is the second novel by British-born Australian author, Caroline Beecham. It’s 1942 and, as well as her volunteer work, Eleanor Roy is holding down two paying jobs and keeping an eye on her fragile younger sister, a trainee nurse. She’s lucky to have work in the field she loves: art. On behalf of the Ministry of Food, she organises artwork for ...more
Eleanor’s Secret, the second novel from author Caroline Beecham promises to be ‘an engrossing wartime mystery of past deceptions, family secrets and long-lasting love…’. I go this and so much more from this first rate dual time frame narrative novel.
Eleanor’s Secret transports the reader to London in the year 1942, a time of war, uncertainty and great upheaval. Eleanor Roy is the central protagonist of this mystery, come love story. Eleanor is an ar ...more
Eleanor's Secret by Caroline Beecham. (2018).
London, 1942. Eleanor is an art school graduate recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee and dreams of becoming one of few female war artists. Eleanor then meets Jack, only to be quickly separated by his sudden posting overseas.
Melbourne, 2010. Kathryn is leaving her family at home at her grandmother Eleanor's request for help to return a precious painting to its artist. But that sear ...more
This actually kept me pretty entertained. It was blessedly light on all the horrors-of-war details and focused more on the art and artists, which I found quite interesting. It's a new angle, thus quite refreshing.
The split views between the 1940s and 2010 also allow for variation and make things a bit more interesting, particularly as the mystery surrounding Jack's disappearance grows deeper and more intriguing. I was very curious ...more
This story set in the war follows Eleanor and her work with the War Artist Advisory Committee. And it follows Jack, one of the war artists....... And Eleanor's love.
This book gave me goosebumps on more than 1 occasion.
This is the first book I've read by this author. I immediately found myself engrossed in the 1940s storyline of Eleanor, the WAAC and Jack and remained so during these sections of the book throughout. Unfortunately I wasn't as taken with the modern day elements of the story which I found dragged a bit and Eleanor's reluctance to be forthcoming with information that may help find Jack frustrated me. This was definitely an engaging love sto ...more
In 1942 Eleanor is working for the Ministry of Food and has been sent to have a contract signed by artist Jack Valante where she finds him drawing war orphans in an old estate building. ...more
In 1942, the reader follows in the footsteps of Eleanor Ray. A young woman who works for the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC), her true calling is to be a war artist. Knowing little about wa ...more
Eleanor's Secret is a new and slightly different story focusing on War Artists.
This story is full of mystery and intrigue ~ an artistic flair and a touch of romance.
It's absorbing, easy to read, very interesting ~ full of history and research into War Artists of the 1940's.
Thank you to Amanda at Mrs B's Book Reviews and also the publishers, Allen and Unwin fo ...more
Initial Thoughts Upon Finishing
This was certainly an interesting read. It didn't turn out to be what I expected from it and it was very slow-going at the start. I still enjoyed it, however, and thought it was really beautifully written! But the whole story is definitely more of a family saga than the nitty gritty historical fiction I was hoping for.
So! This book is historical fiction set around ...more
Eleanor is working for the War Artist Advisory Committee while also keeping an eye on her family as much as she can. While she feels lucky with regards to her job, her dream is to be a war artist herself and bring the reality of what is happening on the ground to those at home but as she is a woman this isn't a possibility. When her wo ...more
An interesting take on World War II; once again Caroline Beecham weaves a tale of life in Britain through a government agency. Eleanor, a budding artist as well as an employee of the War Artist Advisory Committee encounters Jack; an established artist. The tale evolves around their joint love of art and friendship when the world is changing at a rapid pace.
Beecham uses Eleanor’s grandda ...more
Thank you so much Beauty and Lace Bookclub and Allen & Unwin for letting me read this beautiful story.
Thank you to the author for a copy – opinions are my own.
This novel attracted me with its artistic slant and Eleanor’s desire to become a female war artist. I’ve never read anything about war artists before so this definitely piqued my interest. I particularly loved the scenes which focused on the war orphans and Eleanor struggling at first to bring them out of their shells, but succeeding by encouraging them to focus on things that mattered to them – taki ...more
Firstly, I really liked the characters, especially Eleanor. They were believable, well-rounded and likeable, and each held a purpose within the story-line. Secondly, I loved the author’s descriptions of things, from the settings to the paintings, which created beautiful detailed images in my mind. Furthermore, like this author’s p ...more
In 1942 Eleanor is an art school graduate and is recruited by the War Artists Advisory Committee to help artists capture the war in any medium possible. Eleanor’s greatest dream is to become a war artist herself but this proves difficult for her and thus follows her story. Eleanor meets painter Jack Valente through trying to get him t ...more
Eleanor’s Secret is a really well written and well researched book that covers two timelines.
It is 1942 in war-torn London where we are first introduced to Eleanor who joins the War Artist Advisory Committee during WWII .
In 2010 Eleanor is requesting her grand-daughter Kathryn’s help to solve the mystery of the disappearance of a war artist Jack Valante who Eleanor had a special relationship with.
I found the history which inspires the book to be really fascinating and Caroline has done a great job with her thorough research turning up many interesting facts about Second World War Artists and life in that time.
A beautifully told love story and an intriguing mystery.
Caroline’s p ...more