It brings us great joy to announce that The Skylark’s Secret, by No.1 bestselling author Fiona Valpy, has reached the incredible milestone of a quarter of a million copies sold!

Published in 2020 (Amazon Publishing / Lake Union Publishing), The Skylark’s Secret is a gorgeously crafted historical romance novel set in Loch Ewe, Scotland, which has entirely captivated readers with its vivid, atmospheric writing and dramatic historical backdrop. The story follows Lexie, a singer who returns to her remote village after the death of her mother, Flora. Though she struggled to understand her mother while she was still alive, Lexie now learns the story of her own origins, and the sacrifices Flora had to make to protect her.

Following its publication, The Skylark’s Secret was shortlisted for the RNA’s 2021 Romantic Novel of the Year Awards, with readers praising Fiona’s breathtakingly visual writing and captivating themes:

‘A wonderfully immersive novel about mothers and daughters, lovers and friends, set against a vivid and beautifully described Scottish setting. I loved it!’ Victoria Connelly, bestselling author of The Rose Girls

‘Love, love, loved it. I love Scotland and history so it ticked lots of boxes. Brilliant story I was completely immersed in it, so moving and touching too. The research needed must have been hard to do but it brought the war and the arctic convoys to life. I felt cold just reading about it. I wish Fiona every success.’ Lesley Pearse, author of You’ll Never See Me Again

‘A moreish story of love, war, loss, and finding love again, set against an atmospheric Highlands backdrop.’ Gill Paul, bestselling author of The Lost Daughter

This is the latest in a series of successes for Fiona, who hit the astounding achievement of two million copies sold in November 2021. In 2020, her novel The Beekeeper’s Promise hit an amazing half a million copies sold.

Fiona’s books have been translated into over twenty languages worldwide. She spent seven years living in France, having moved there from the UK in 2007. Her love for the country, its people and their history has found its way into the books she’s written. She draws inspiration from the stories of strong women, especially during the years of the Second World War, and her meticulous historical research enriches her writing with an evocative sense of time and place. Fiona now lives in Scotland, but still enjoys regular visits to France in search of the sun.

Fiona, we are so proud of you, and send you all our congratulations. If you haven’t read The Skylark’s Secret yet, get your copy here!