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One of our Books of the Year 2016.
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
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...
Closing date: 03/10/2019
Publication date: 01/06/2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||11th August 2016|
|Publisher:||Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction,|
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 ‘...More About Elizabeth Buchan