Where the Story Starts

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020.

A strange encounter. An unlikely friendship. But will it survive when they both know the truth?

As single mother Leah struggles to get her children ready one morning, the doorbell rings. Standing on the doorstep of their terraced house in Whitley Bay is a well-dressed stranger, Clio, who feels an emotional tie to the house that she can’t explain. The story should end there, but a long-buried secret is already on its way to the surface…

In some ways the two women couldn’t be more different: Leah’s a mother of two and the daughter of a barmaid; Clio’s a perennially single heiress to her baroness mother’s estate. But where Leah lacks grown-up company, Clio lacks any experience of the real world, and the unlikely friendship sparked by their curious first meeting offers both of them a welcome respite from the routine of their lives.

It is a friendship that will answer questions neither of them knew to ask, uncovering secret stories from the past that have stayed hidden for decades. But will it also be the catalyst for them to finally feel that they belong?


“Yet another great novel from Imogen Clark. From start to finish, I was hooked.”
C. J. Richardson, Amazon reader review

“The author’s style is easy and accessible, with plenty of dialogue. I enjoyed reading this book and was sorry to see it end…”
A Watts, Amazon reader review

“… a warm, sensitive book where the best and the worst things happen when two apparently opposite worlds collide.”
Morag Fowler, Amazon reader review

“A great read with a feel good twist and a little bit of mystery thrown in.”
Elizabeth Allison, Amazon reader review


Where the Story Starts
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Available in: Paperback, ebook, audiobook
ISBN: 978-1542044660

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“… it’s wonderful how she brings out the nuances of her characters… Beautifully written and highly recommended.”

Barnes & Nobel reader review