‘You weren’t called Clara last time’ said the boy. ‘Before. When we came…’
Clara can't remember the life she led before falling into a coma. Now, nothing is more important to her than her new life with the man she loves. She may not have a past, but her future looks bright.
Then she meets a young boy, Alfie, playing in the grounds of their home, and there is an instant bond between them. As a secretive friendship grows, the similarities between their pasts emerge, and Clara discovers just how inextricably her own future is linked, not just to Alfie’s, but to an event which happened centuries ago.
But what should Clara fear most – her past, or her future?
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When Sara was researching for The Lost Boy she met Vincent Conlan, who had been a pupil at the real school at Croome in the 1960s. The White Angel tells the story of his struggle through the care system...
Born out of wedlock in the 1950s, Vincent was abandoned by his mother and shunted between children's homes and foster families before being sent to St Joseph's, Croome Court, a school for 'problem' boys.
Branded a 'retard' by the authorities, who had failed to notice that he was desperately ill, a kindly nun at St Joseph's took Vincent under her wing and sought proper medical care for him, and he was operated on for a brain tumour. Free from the pain which had dogged his early years, his childhood could now begin properly, although there were many hurdles still to be overcome.
The White Angel is the inspiring story of a young boy's struggle to survive, and a grown man's quest to understand his past and create a future for himself.