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The Clock-Mender

By Maggie Freeman

The clock is ticking and something has got to change.

In a rural village in interwar Sweden, Nils Lindgren is content with his simple life as a clock-mender. Unfortunately his partner, Katarina, is not. Nils is utterly devoted to her and is desperate to make her happy, despite her affairs. That is until he discovers that Katarina has been having an affair with his best friend, Josef Olsson. The confrontation between Josef and Nils escalates out of control, leaving Nils badly injured and Josef in need of an alibi.

Meanwhile, Katarina is dreaming of setting sail for America with her daughter Freja’s boyfriend – an aspiring film writer. When she visits Freja in Stockholm and finds out he has already left, it is the final straw. Spreading a web of lies about Nils, Katarina dismantles his reputation and ruins his friendships with very serious repercussions.

While war threatens, can Nils find happiness again? Or will Katarina’s reckless search for her own contentment tear her family apart? 

The Clock-Mender is a moving and memorable story that will keep readers gripped to the last page, perfect for fans of The Time Traveller’s Wife.

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