Following on from Lesley's previous two novels, The Promise and Belle, this third novel catches up with the family is New Zealand where they left to start a new life. I'm a massive fan of Lesley's novels and this one did not disappoint.
We catch up with Belle and Etienne where they have settled, become parents and are living the dream. The life they have always wanted. However their errant daughter Mariette or Mari as she known is a difficult, wilful teenager who is earning a bit of a name for herself.
In a bid to help their daughter, Belle and Etienne decide that maybe it would do her good to spread her wings and leave the sleepy town of Russell and send her to visit relatives in England. Little did they know of the danger they were sending her into.
With the outbreak of World War II, Mariette finds herself facing unthinkable tragedy and challenges. This part of the book had my gripped and awake long into the early hours as we experience with Mariette the true horror of the Blitz and the loss of many lives she encounters.
We journey with Marriette and see her transform from a deceitful, arrogant young girl into a kind, compassionate and heroic young lady, experiencing with her her many dramatic relationships with men. Will she ever find her Mr Right?
Putting her life in danger to save others she ends up facing the biggest challenge of her life when she is seriously injured. Will she ever recover from this?
This was a beautiful book with lots of twists and turns, many of which left tears in my eyes both of sadness and of joy. I have read many book set in the WWII but none have ever painted the true horror as brilliantly. Would definitely recommend this book to anyone.