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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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