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In May 1950, Britain is struggling with the hardships of rationing and the aftermath of the Second World War. Peter Schormann, a German ex-prisoner of war, has left his home country to be with Mary Howarth, matron of a small hospital in Wales. The two met when Mary was a nurse at the pow camp hospital. They intend to marry, but the memory of Frank Shuttleworth, an ex-boyfriend of Mary's, continues to haunt them and there are many obstacles in the way of their happiness, not the least of which is Mary's troubled family.
When tragedy strikes, Mary hopes it will unite her siblings, but it is only when a child disappears that the whole family pulls together to save one of their own from a common enemy.
Welsh Books Council Book of the Month for June 2013
"...an excellent read which has been well researched, and the author obviously has a love for this period. It is well paced and grips its reader from the first few pages."
Historical Novel Society
Sequel to the acclaimed Pattern of Shadows:
"Judith Barrow has not written an ordinary romance but a book that deals with important issues which are still relevant today... an excellent debut novel and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading."
Fenella Miller, Historical Novels Review
"Judith Barrow has written, with great intensity of emotions, an absorbing saga wich charges along, tempting the reader from chapter to chapter."
Beryl Thomas, www.gwales.com
"Barrow beautifully evokes those raw and edgy days with this well-paced, gritty love story"
Steve Dube, Western Mail
"thoughtful and atmospheric"
Lancashire Evening Post
"The tension builds cleverly and the many threads in this rich mix of well-drawn characters and imminent dangers, combined with the strong sense of the deprivations and darkness of the wartime period, come together to create a gripping read."
"An unforgettable debut novel - perfectly paced."
"No ordinary love story; not only does Judith Barrow perfectly evoke a sense of time and place, but she deftly weaves in issues that speak across generationsÂ… An intelligent, poignant first novel brimming with intricate observations of the human condition"
Category: Fiction Novels
First published by Honno in : May 2013