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Towards the Vanishing Point

Jan Turk Petrie

In Northern England in 1938, schoolgirls Lily and Stella form an unlikely but enduring friendship. Post-war, the two are working as nurses when Lily meets widower Will Bagshaw. Stella hears sinister rumours about him, but the besotted Lily won’t listen to her warnings. Can Stella make her see sense before it’s too late?

What would you do if your best friend was about to risk everything?

In the North of England in 1938, two ten-year-old girls, Lily Hetherington and Stella Marsden, form a close if unlikely friendship that endures despite their wartime experiences. After the war, the two women are working as nursing auxiliaries when Lily meets male nurse Will Bagshaw. Stella hears sinister rumours about the man, but the besotted Lily won’t listen to a word said against him. Can Stella make her see sense before it’s too late?

Building to a tense, dramatic climax, this is a story of friendship, love, loyalty and the ultimate betrayal.

“Jan Turk Petrie has created a striking and distinctive plot…consistent in her use of the 1930s to the 1960s dialect, using it both in narration and character conversations. This made it easier to immerse myself into the timeline and made the story even more compelling. Overall, I found this book to be a remarkable piece of work.” (Reviewer for Readers’ Favorite)