“I love her more than life and I failed her. I won’t fail her again.”


Could you rekindle a relationship with the mother you left behind over thirty years ago?


Sylvia, struggling through the aftermath of a doomed love affair, is not getting along with her teenage daughter, Antonia, who has always wanted to meet her never-seen grandmother. After years of resistance, and in her desperation to be close to Antonia again, Sylvia, taking her daughter with her, returns to the forgotten Devon estate where she grew up, and to the mother who once hurt her so badly.


To Sylvia's surprise, the estate’s much-fabled hermit Old Theo is still alive. He is mute and mysterious, and Sylvia was discouraged from approaching him as a child. But now she is not a child, and she wants answers. When Sylvia finally approaches Theo, he finally talks, and reveals more than Sylvia ever imagined.




ISBN 9781739109509


Published September 2022. Signed copies will be sent out in mid-August. 


The Hermit by Louise Walters