The Buttonmaker's Daughter
The novel is set in the long, hot summer of 1914 on a large estate famous for the beauty of its gardens. Summerhayes should be a place of calm and tranquillity…
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The first jigsaw puzzles were produced in the late 1700s by mapmakers mounting maps on hardwood and cutting pieces out with a maquetry saw. But the jigsaw's heyday was around 1900, when puzzle makers began to experiment with smaller pieces, often using people as their subject. This one is called Poinsettia and features at the end of the novel to suggest a resigned calm at Summerhayes.
Men often went to the recruiting office with friends and ended up in the same battalion, Encouraging men to join up with their friends or colleagues was a useful way to recruit even more soldiers, and help maintain spirits in difficult times.They were known as the Pals Battalions. My fictional gardeners at Summerhayes down tools and walk to Worthing to sign up for one.The picture is of Lowther's Lambs, a pals battalion based in Sussex.
This is the Mauretania, a Cunard ship sailing from Southampton to New York. It was large with seven decks and four massive funnels. It was also the fastest ship across the Atlantic, a blessing for my heroine, Elizabeth, who suffers badly from seasickness during the journey.