It’s the perfect time of year to cuddle up with an escapist read and we have just the book for you: Ella Carey’s beautiful historical novel, The Things We Don’t Say, which is out today.

Ella consistently delivers a gorgeous mixture of the past and present, and this book is no exception, taking you on an incredible time-jump journey, from the 1980s, back to the 1920s, and transporting you from the centre of London to the glorious sunshine in the south of France.

What happens when the truths you have built your life on start to crumble?

Emma Temple sits looking out of the window in her beautiful apartment in the heart of London, surrounded by memories of her younger years as one of England’s most influential artists. Nearly ninety, it would be easy to overlook her as a forgetful older lady. But Emma’s past, including her great love affair which survived two world wars, is about to come crashing into the present.

When her granddaughter Laura arrives asking questions about the portrait that hangs above her bed, Emma is transported back over sixty years. The picture was painted by the only man she ever truly loved, the one soul on earth who knew her deepest secret. But when a newspaper claims that the portrait is a fake, everything Emma believed to be true starts to collapse. Suddenly she is transported back to a sunny house in the south of France in 1923 and the moment when her life changed forever…

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t Say, Secret Shores, From a Paris Balcony, The House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule.

Her books have been published in over twelve territories, in ten languages. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history.

She lives in Melbourne and is hard at work on her seventh book.