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The House

The House by the Lake

Anna is content with her well-ordered life in San Francisco. But her world is turned upside down when her beloved grandfather, Max, reveals a startling secret: Anna is part of an aristocratic family who lost everything during World War II. What’s more, Max was forced to leave behind a precious item over seventy years ago in their estate in old Prussia. It’s now his ardent wish that Anna retrieve it.

Anna burns with questions as she heads for Germany: What memento could be so important to her grandfather? And why did he keep their history hidden? As she searches for answers, she finds herself drawn to Wil, a man who may hold the key to unlock the mystery. Together they discover that her family’s secrets are linked with an abandoned apartment in Paris, and these secrets go deeper than she ever imagined.

Alternating between 1930s Europe and the present, The House by the Lake illuminates the destiny of a family caught in the tumult of history.

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Ella Carey is a writer and Francophile who claims Paris as her second home. She has been studying French since the age of five, and she has degrees in music and English. Her debut novel, The Paris Time Capsule, has captured global attention and her second novel, The House By The Lake, will be released on March 29th, 2016. She lives with her two children and a pair of Italian greyhounds in Hobart.

How did this story come to you?
This story came to me in three parts- I was inspired by a photograph, of a palace in Germany that was on the wall in a dear friend’s house. She started telling me about her family, who had to flee their palace in 1946 just as the Soviets were about to come through the former East Germany. I read my friend’s mother’s journals, from her life in the palace in the 1930s, and then, I confess my imagination took over…
What’s next for you?
I am in the process of editing my third novel, which, like The House by the Lake and my first novel, Paris Time Capsule, is also set partly in Paris. The book will be released with Lake Union publishing later this year. I am writing my fourth novel as well!
What would you tell aspiring writers?
Some of the best advice I ever received was not to submit your work to publishers until you know you are really ready. I think this was very worthwhile!

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