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The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan
  

The New Mrs Clifton

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At the end of WWII Gus brings back an emotionally damaged German wife, Krista, to his family home on Clapham Common, London. In a bombed terrace his house remains unscathed yet possibly unstable. His two sisters are at home, one a grieving wartime widow who has also lost her baby. The other is suffering from the effect from war but we do not discover how deeply until towards the end. Gus works for an Intelligence Unit interrogating war criminals and Krista assists him until she has a baby. Gus had an English fiancée and his marriage sends emotional ripples through both his family and his ex fiancée’s. Krista has a difficult time adapting to English life and facing the obvious hostility towards Germans. Emotions run high throughout the book, personalities clash, lives change in this impressive tale. The Prologue alerts us to a dead body of a woman with child in the garden next door. We the reader, are left guessing who that woman might be until a fast-paced conclusion. Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

If you like Elizabeth Buchan you might also like to read books by Erica James, Anita Shreve and Irene Nemirovsky.

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The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan

As the Second World War draws to a close, Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton surprises his sisters at their London home. But an even greater shock is the woman he brings with him, Krista - the German wife whom he has married secretly in Berlin. Krista is clearly devastated by her experiences at the hands of the British and their allies - all but broken by horrors she cannot share. But Gus's sisters can only see the enemy their brother has brought under their roof. And their friend Nella, Gus's beautiful, loyal fiancee, cannot understand what made Gus change his mind about their marriage. What hold does Krista have over their honourable and upright Gus? And how can the three women get her out of their home, their future, their England? Haunted by passion, betrayal and misunderstanding these damaged souls are propelled towards a spectacular resolution. Krista has lost her country, her people, her identity, and the ties that bind her to Gus hold more tightly than the sisters can ever understand...

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At the close of the Second World War, Intelligence Officer Gus Clifton returns to London. On his arm is Krista, the German wife he married secretly in Berlin. For his sisters, this broken woman is nothing more than the enemy . . . * from the publisher's description * A wonderful book about life in post-war London ... Buchan's believable characters live in a world of bombsites, shortages and speculators that is deftly realised * The Times * A truly wonderful writer. Her books are rich with authentic period detail and her characters are vivid and intensely believable - I love this book -- Peter James Impressive . . . nerve-janglingly engrossing . . . Buchan brings the period vividly to life * Sunday Times * I loved The New Mrs Clifton by Elizabeth Buchan, a story of post-war adjustment which sets up a mystery on the first page -- Cathy Rentzenbrink * Stylist * When their brother brings home a German bride in the wake of the Second World War, two sisters wonder what hold she has over him in the elegantly written The New Mrs Clifton * Good Housekeeping * Compassionate and gripping -- Fanny Blake * Woman and Home * This compelling novel deals with the complex legacy of the war years ... Buchan, who brilliantly captures the blighted atmosphere of blitzed London and bomb-destroyed Berlin, is equally good on the emotional fall-out ... Slowly revealing the hidden secrets and chaos of the characters
inner lives, the novel describes how everyday life is tainted by the knowledge of what went on and the desperate measures that ordinary people had to take to survive the extraordinary circumstances

* Daily Mail * The tension is palpable and the atmosphere claustrophobic. Buchan vividly conveys the dispirited mood of a post-war London brought to its knees ... Her depiction of the horrors of wartime Berlin is equally compelling. She dissects her characters with precision to show the personal cost of war ... A powerful and emotional read -- FIVE STARS * Sunday Express * So so good. Great writing, great story. I could not put it down -- Internationally bestselling author, Marian Keyes Buchan vividly captures weary postwar Britain in this evocative, emotional novel * Daily Express * With such a vivid, thought-provoking evocation of life in ravaged, post-war London, there's plenty to enjoy * Irish Sunday Independent *


About the Author

Elizabeth Buchan

Elizabeth Buchan led a double life for a while as a publisher and author, managing to successfully pursue both careers simultaneously, until in 1994 she became a full-time writer and hasn’t looked back since. Her first novel for adults Daughters of the Storm, was set during the French Revolution. Her second, Light of the Moon, took as its subject a female undercover agent operating in occupied France during the Second World War. Her third novel, Consider the Lily, became an international bestseller and sold over 300,000 copies in the UK alone. Her subsequent novel Perfect Love, was described as ‘a powerful story: wise, observant, deeply-felt, with elements that all women will recognize with a smile – or a shudder’. Against Her Nature was then published in June 1998, critically acclaimed as ‘a modern-day Vanity Fair…brilliantly done’. The Independent on Sunday praised the most recent novel Secrets of the Heart, which ‘recalls E M Forster’s Howard’s End…and celebrates human resilience and flexibility’.

Elizabeth Buchan has also had a number of short stories published in various magazines and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. She is currently on the committee for the Society of Authors, and was a judge for the 1997 Whitbread Awards and Chairman of the Judges for the 1997 Betty Trask Award. Elizabeth lives in London with her husband and two children.

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Publication date

11th August 2016

Author

Elizabeth Buchan

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Publisher

Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd

Format

Hardback
416 pages

Categories

Historical Fiction
Family Drama
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Historical fiction

ISBN

9780718184063

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