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Top 40 Book Club : 2012
32 ThE STRAnGER’S ChILD AlAN HollINGHuRSt This story is a love triangle and a family mystery involving the Sawle and Valance families across five decades. In 1913 George Sawle invites his charming friend Cecil Valance to stay for the weekend. Both George and Daphne, his sister, fall in love with Cecil. While staying at the house Cecil writes a poem ‘Two Acres’ about the Sawle family home. Cecil is killed in the Battle of the Somme and his poem becomes popular in England. The novel deals with the family relationships up to the present day all linked to Cecil Valance. This is a great read about the power of desire and how the heart creates its own interpretation of a story. At times this was a difficult book but well worth the read with plenty to discuss at a book club.