Now is the perfect time to get cosy and curl up with a new read – and we must recommend The House by The Lakewhich has been released today.

Ella Carey‘s addictive Secrets of Paris trilogy explores the hidden lives of ordinary people, linked in some way to the extraordinary French capital, against thrilling historical backdrops. The House by The Lake is the second in the series, which is being re-released by Bookouture. The book follows a wealthy Germain heir and his French fiancé, who are forced into life-altering decisions in a Berlin which is on the precipice of WWII.

The cobbled streets were dark as Isabelle hurried through the shadows, dodging in and out of doorways, constantly looking back. She worried the sound of her loudly thumping heart would give her away, as she peered around a corner. Suddenly, Isabelle was surrounded by Nazi soldiers, their black boots pounding on the pavement, barring her way…

1939, BerlinMax Albrecht is the young and handsome heir to a beautiful house on a lake where he spent his happy childhood. As war approaches, his parents tell him he must join the Nazi party or the whole family will be killed. But when his beloved French fiancé Isabelle shows him the horrifying truth, Max faces an impossible choice: protect his family or save the girl he loves?

2010, San FranciscoAnna Young is content with her life, running a bustling deli and taking care of her adored grandfather Max, who raised her. Max has never spoken of his past until he hands over an old map, the plans to a grand house just north of Berlin. With a shaking finger, he points to it and says, “I left something behind under the floorboards. Please bring it home before I die.”

When Anna arrives at the crumbling manor in Germany, she discovers a hidden engagement ring in a velvet box. She is desperate to find the woman her grandfather hoped to marry, but the local villagers look away when she mentions Max’s name, and back in San Francisco he is now in hospital, too unwell to speak to her. What did Max do so many years ago? Is Anna ready for the terrible secret that her family’s past may hold?

Fans have been busy praising Ella’s wondrous scene-building and emotional depth:

“This is a beautifully written story that was a joy to read from start to finish – there will be tears shed as you feel the emotions of the past and the present” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“As a reader, I was taken back in time to places I’ve never visited, to an era I’ve never known yet Ms. Carey’s vivid prose did not make me feel as if I were an outsider. Her story is so raw and electrifying, her characters so real and three-dimensional, her plot so complex, you read on just to know what happens next.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“I loved this book! The history has such beautiful detail and it was also a beautiful love story!!! I felt like I was there with them!” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

“One of the best books I have read in a long time. I will definitely read anything by this author. I recommend it to everyone, it’s really, really an excellent read.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Ella Carey is the international bestselling author of The Things We Don’t SaySecret ShoresFrom a Paris BalconyThe House by the Lake, and Paris Time Capsule.

Her books have been published in over twelve territories, and in twelve languages. A Francophile who has long been fascinated by secret histories set in Europe’s entrancing past, Ella has degrees in music, nineteenth-century women’s fiction, and modern European history. She lives in Melbourne and is hard at work on her seventh book.

This is a rich, deeply layered novel that is certain to delight old and new Ella Carey fans – be sure to purchase your copy today.