The Secret Shore

By Liz Fenwick

The next gloriously uplifting, escapist, historical read from ‘the queen of the contemporary Cornish novel’ (Guardian)

As one of the Navy’s most skilled mapmakers, Merry knows that lives depend on her work in the War Office. But when a family crisis draws her back to her beloved Cornwall, she finds herself working alongside Jake, an enigmatic American officer, on secret operations spanning the rugged coasts of Cornwall and Brittany which she knows so well.

As rumours and suspicion swirl around her family, Merry is increasingly drawn to Jake, despite the defences she’s built around her heart. It’s a dangerous time to fall in love; the tides of war are rising and there is everything to lose…

The award-winning author Liz Fenwick returns with a glorious, sweeping novel full of intrigue and passion.

Praise for The Secret Shore:

‘Arguably Liz Fenwick’s best book to date. Merry is a wonderful narrator… fascinating and complex… It’s beautifully researched and the life and landscape of the secret part of Cornwall around the Helford river gloriously evoked. What a pleasure to read!’ Rachel Hore

The Secret Shore is such a wonderful, evocative novel, brimful of atmosphere and tension, with an unforgettable heroine… With her meticulous research and brilliant storytelling, Liz Fenwick has once again swept me away. What a treat!’ Jenny Ashcroft

‘Feel-good and beautifully written’ Woman

‘A beautifully researched, romantic read full of mystery and atmosphere, I loved it’ Deborah Carr

‘Liz Fenwick weaves intrigue and romance into this profound, luminous novel’ Woman’s Own

‘Liz Fenwick has created a stirring tale of intrigue, passion and espionage, set in a corner of Cornwall she knows intimately, against the backdrop of WWII. The compelling and unusual love story at its heart… will sweep you away on dangerous tides’ Jane Johnson

‘A gorgeous, sweeping novel, impeccably researched and threaded with mystery and romance’ Amanda Geard

‘A gripping, action-packed, love-filled odyssey… A must read this summer’ The Star

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 25 Apr 2024
Pages: 480
ISBN: 978-0-00-853230-7
Called ‘the queen of the contemporary Cornish novel’ by the Guardian, Liz Fenwick is the author of nine books, including the most recent The River Between Us which won the Popular Romantic Fiction Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association. She lives with her husband and two mad cats near the Helford River in Cornwall. When not writing Liz is reading, painting, knitting, plot walking, and procrastinating on social media.You can find her on X @liz_fenwick, Instagram @liz_fenwick, Facebook and TikTok @lizfenwickauthor.For more information or to join her mailing list visit

Praise for Liz Fenwick: -

”'Wonderfully evocative” - Judy Finnigan

”'Vivid and beautifully written, Liz Fenwick is a gifted storyteller” - Sarah Morgan

'Full of delicious atmosphere and intrigue, and with a compelling mystery flowing through its pages … an absolute delight… I loved it!' Hazel Gaynor -

”'Wonderful escapism … a relaxing, evocative read” - Tracy Rees

”'I enjoyed sinking into this gloriously rich novel, so laced with secrets” - Rachel Hore

'Liz has conjured up a lovely story that blends the past and the present beautifully' Erica James -

”'Pure escapism at its best” - The Sun

”'The queen of the contemporary Cornish novel” - The Guardian

”'Sublime storytelling” - Cathy Bramley

”'The story and relationships take some intriguing twists and turns that will have you gripped” - Woman & Home

”'A compellingly atmospheric and emotional rollercoaster of a read, which leaves one ultimately replete” - Kate Ryder

”'A warm and feel-good romance that will have you pining to feel sand beneath your feet” - Woman’s Weekly

”'A captivating and romantic Cornish story that explores the tangle of relationships connecting us through time” - Susanna Kearsley

”'Captures the magical atmosphere of Devon and Cornwall. And what a wonderful journey of discovery” - Rosanna Ley