The secrets that might save a nation could shatter a marriage.
Madly in love, Diana Foyle and Brent Somerville married in London as the bombs of World War II dropped on their beloved city. Without time for a honeymoon, the couple spent the next four years apart. Diana, an architectural historian, took a top-secret intelligence post at Bletchley Park. Brent, a professor of theology at King’s College, believed his wife was working for the Foreign Office as a translator when he was injured in an attack on the European front.
Now that the war is over, the Somervilles’ long-anticipated reunion is strained by everything they cannot speak of. Diana’s extensive knowledge of London’s churches could help bring down a Russian agent named Eternity. She’s eager to help MI6 thwart Communist efforts to start a new war, but because of the Official Secrets Act, Diana can’t tell Brent the truth about her work.
Determined to save their marriage and rebuild the city they call home, Diana and Brent’s love is put to the ultimate test as they navigate the rubble of war and the ruins of broken trust.
This standalone romance from McMillan (Dream, Plan, and Go) pits the happiness of a pair of newlyweds against a desperate hunt for a Russian spy and the couple's own dark wartime memories in 1945 London. Architectural historian Diana Somerville loves two things: churches and her husband, King's College theology professor Brent Somerville. The pair were separated by WWII shortly after their wedding night and are both grateful to reunite in peacetime, but their differing wartime experiences still divide them. The Official Secrets Act prevents Diana from telling her husband about her work breaking codes at Bletchley Park and hunting spies for British Intelligence, while Brent hides his ongoing nightmares of his horrifying tribulations at the front. Adding another secret to the mountain between them, Diana agrees to finish one last job for her MI6 handler, who believes her knowledge of church architecture will be an asset in the hunt for a Russian agent called Eternity. McMillan breaks up the present-day action with substantial flashbacks that fill in Diana and Brent's backstory, but drain tension from the suspense plot. Still, McMillan's historical setting is solidly drawn and the focus on an established couple is refreshing. Romance fans will be satisfied.
Very basic book
It was a very long stroll to get to the meat of the story. I could see the potential in the book but unfortunately it fails. It lacks details about about the spy ring and spends too much time with the main characters going over and over the same ground.