BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge: The Cottingley Secret

Can you believe it’s already the middle of September? Before we know it, the calendar will officially declare it’s fall, and Thanksgiving and Christmas will be right around the corner.

It’s senior year of the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge, so get ready to watch your TBR pile grow. Start your fall reading with The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor.

Start the new season off right with the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! The Cottingley Secret is a cozy read that you'll want to add to your book list.

From the Amazon: 

The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Came Home turns the clock back one hundred years to a time when two young girls from Cottingley, Yorkshire, convinced the world that they had done the impossible and photographed fairies in their garden. Now, in her newest novel, international bestseller Hazel Gaynor reimagines their story.

1917… It was inexplicable, impossible, but it had to be true—didn’t it? When two young cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright from Cottingley, England, claim to have photographed fairies at the bottom of the garden, their parents are astonished. But when one of the great novelists of the time, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, becomes convinced of the photographs’ authenticity, the girls become a national sensation, their discovery offering hope to those longing for something to believe in amid a world ravaged by war. Frances and Elsie will hide their secret for many decades. But Frances longs for the truth to be told.

One hundred years later… When Olivia Kavanagh finds an old manuscript in her late grandfather’s bookshop she becomes fascinated by the story it tells of two young girls who mystified the world. But it is the discovery of an old photograph that leads her to realize how the fairy girls’ lives intertwine with hers, connecting past to present, and blurring her understanding of what is real and what is imagined. As she begins to understand why a nation once believed in fairies, can Olivia find a way to believe in herself?

Start the new season off right with the BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge! The Cottingley Secret is a cozy read that you'll want to add to your book list.

My thoughts on The Cottingley Secret

Inspired by the true story of two girls who fooled the world with their photos of fairies, The Cottingley Secret explores the stories behind the photos. Flipping between present day Ireland and the early 20th Century, Gaynor weaves a story of a young woman who is caught up the in the story of the fairies while rediscovering herself.

This is a cozy read that calls for a cup of tea on a cool, fall night. While I found the novel to be a little slow going, the story is an interesting one. The idea that two girls could fool the world with photos of fairies seems unbelievable, and yet it’s true!

This book was sent to me for review and is part of BookSparks Fall Reading Challenge.

What are you reading?

P.S. If you liked this post, you might, also, enjoy The Witch House of Persimmon Point!

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  1. That is absolutely wild – that two girls fooled the world. I mean, we are all such gullible beings though aren’t we? This sounds like an interesting read and I’d like to know how in the heck they managed to pull it off. It be a nice change of pace from the regular genres I read. Very cool.
    PS. Your socks though!

  2. Yes I know of this story I have seen it referred to in different documenters. Crazy that peopled believed in things like this even though deep down I think most people had doubts but that was an interesting time in history when the old world or way of thinking was truly giving way to the modern age.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  3. No, I cannot believe it’s already the middle of September, it’s crazy, the year is almost over. Great review Ashley. I’m not reading a book right now 🙁 I have to fix that problem.

  4. Isn’t it amazing that it is fall already? Love that you are getting in some good reading. Right now I am reading a book about Hollywood publicity. I forgot the name of it and it is too early to tell if it is good or not as I am on the fence right now.