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The Life I Stole

From the author of MY MOTHER’S SHADOW, SUMMER OF SECRETS and THE ORCHARD GIRLS: an evocative new novel of one woman struggling to protect herself and her dreams, in a city in tatters. Can Isobel hide her secret – or will love force her hand?

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Nikola Scott


It’s 1953. Memories of the war are beginning to fade.
Young Queen Elizabeth has just ascended to the throne. Isobel McIntyre is a doctor-in-training at a London teaching hospital. It’s not easy being a woman working in medicine. And Isobel carries the additional burden of a shocking secret . . .

One night three years ago, Isobel took the chance to walk into another woman’s life. By the time she understood the implications, it was too late to turn back. Now the secret she’s been hiding for so long threatens everything – her career, new-found friendships, and a love affair that promises the kind of joy Isobel thought was only for others.

Love and happiness can’t thrive in a world of lies. But does Isobel have the courage to tell the truth, whatever the consequences?


‘Packed with intrigue, heart and emotion. The historical detail shines through on every page, transporting the reader through time and place. A story of innocent lives destroyed by prejudiced social norms, the power of love and forgiveness. I loved it!’
Louise Fein, author of People Like US

‘This beautiful story stole my heart. A compelling read for anyone who loves great stories, love and romance, mysteries and secrets, the early years of the NHS and women in medicine. I tore through it!’
Lizzie Page, author of When I Was Yours 

‘Nikola’s best yet: 1950s London, a female doctor, family mystery, identity theft. I was immediately drawn into the story, rooting for the characters all the way to the end. Atmospheric and compelling. I loved it!’
Lorna Cook, author of The Hidden Letters