If you’re a fan of historical fiction who appreciates a bit of supernatural flavor added to the mix, Leila Cassell’s new novel, Girl in the Hat Shop, could be up your alley. It’s available now from Silverwood Books, and we have a bit more info to share…
Masterfully crafted by Leila Cassell, herself born in the middle of an air raid during WWII, Girl in the Hat Shop embroils readers in the life of a young woman with an incredible gift – the ability to see disasters before they happen. Fusing its paranormal undertones with the tumultuous life of the London Jewish community in 1940, Cassell produces a cinematic novel unlike anything else on the market.
The year is 1940. Fay is a salesgirl in a Mayfair hat shop. But Fay is no ordinary girl. She sees things before they happen and, forbidden by her mother to speak about the visions that have clouded her life since she was a child, she has learned to stay silent.
Now, with the threat of invasion on everyone’s mind, she must speak up; and in a climate of prejudice and suspicion, a Jewish girl from Willesden becomes the target of attention. Followed, watched, threatened with imprisonment, and suspected of being in league with the enemy, she discovers that she’s not the first member of her family to be plagued by visions.
From the privileged lives of Mayfair’s aristocracy to the neglected tenants of Stepney, from nights sheltering in luxury at the Savoy to those huddled in an Anderson shelter, Girl in the Hat Shop is a story of courage, class distinction, and family secrets in wartime London.