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    "Only Fun & Pretense". Or is it?

    "The Cottingley Secret" shares the true story of England's "Yorkshire Fairies" that peeked the interests of many during World War I, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The story is now entering into it's 100th year which has prompted Hazel Gaynor to research and share through the fictional eyes of Olivia. Olivia begins the story after her Grandfather passes and receives the story of Frances Griffiths. As Olivia struggles to find herself, she begins to gain hope from Frances' account of the fairies in Cottingley. I struggled to continue reading the story in the beginning due to the seemingly excessive descriptions but began to appreciate it as the story progressed. It was also difficult to overcome the ridiculous 21st century-ism "went missing" in a story supposedly written in the early 20th century which would have used the correct word "disappeared." Overall, Olivia's discovery of herself and how her life entwines with Frances' gives readers continued hope in life, explained or not. The frequent mention of Frances' favorite book, "Water Babies", and it's conclusion is what truly brings this story to life as it explains the true story behind as "only fun and pretense." My opinion is solely my own, but I do want to thank Goodreads, William Morrow Imprint, and Hazel Gaynor for a copy of such an amazing book. Had I not received this copy, I never would have read such an amazing book, but I will certainly be researching the "Yorkshire Fairies" and reading more of Hazel Gaynor's books.
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    The cottingley secret

    I recall seeing that photo somewhere and was intrigued by this book. I had no idea the history of the photo and enjoyed it! I believe!
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    Fairies are real..?

    I love when books are based on true events from history, especially when they are well-researched, which this book clearly is. I love even more when I am motivated to do further reading on the subject once I've finished the story, and this did not disappoint. I had never heard of the events or the photos taken in Cottingley during World War I, but I was almost immediately hooked. I admit that I was much more interested in Frances' timeline in the past, than I was with Olivia's running concurrently in present day. I did end up warming to Olivia and very much enjoyed her journey by the end of the book, but it was Frances and Elsie who were truly captivating. The story was beautifully written and engaging- a wonderful introduction to Hazel Graynor and her works for me! Due to her, I have Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Coming of the Fairies" cued up to read next on my kobo. I can't wait to read his account, as well as another of Hazel Graynor's novels in the future. 4.5/5 and worth the read!
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    A soothing read

    I loved this book. It had a calming effect on me for some reason. The details on the countryside and beck took me there. I would read more from this author.
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    Magical

    From the opening paragraph, I was so hooked. The story is so beautiful and well thought out and it makes your mind wonder about the what ifs
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