The University of South Carolina Beaufort Lunch with Author 2022-2023 Series begins Oct. 5 at The Belfair Clubhouse with author Katherine Reay.
The author will be discussing her historical fiction novel “The London House.” Reay is a national bestselling and award-winning author of “Dear Mr. Knightley,” “Lizzy and Jane,” “The Brontë Plot,” “A Portrait of Emily Price,” “The Austen Escape,” and “The Printed Letter Bookshop.”
“The London House” is the story of how uncovering a dark family secret sends one woman through the history of Britain’s World War II spy network and glamorous 1930s Paris to save her family’s reputation.
Caroline Payne thinks it’s just another day of work until she receives a call from Mat Hammond, an old college friend and historian. But pleasantries are cut short. Mat has uncovered a scandalous secret kept buried for decades: In World War II, Caroline’s British great-aunt betrayed family and country to marry her German lover.
Determined to find answers and save her family’s reputation, Caroline flies to her family’s ancestral home in London. She and Mat discover diaries and letters that reveal tales of her grandmother and great-aunt and how they drifted apart before the war.
Together, Caroline and Mat uncover stories of spies and secrets, love and heartbreak, and the events of one fateful evening in 1941 that changed everything.
The lunch event begins at noon in the Clubhouse, 200 Belfair Oaks Blvd. in Bluffton. Reservations must be made by Sept. 27. Tickets are $50 per person and are available at USCBCenterForTheArts.com.