In a world destroyed by war, can hope survive?
Summer 1918: Young couple Amy and Edmond Derwent, after their experiences on the front line of battle – Edmond as an officer and Amy as a VAD in France - have now settled back in England and are starting to build a life as a family, with the arrival of baby Beth bringing them much-needed joy. But while she may have married into the wealthy Derwent family, now living with her in-laws in their grand home, Amy’s modest upbringing means that she is never truly accepted by Edmond’s family.
The Great War rages on, and while the men are off fighting, those left at home steel themselves for tragic news, praying that their loved ones return safely.
Edmond, still struggling with the effects of the injury he sustained at Ypres, feels the guilt of remaining at home while his friends are sent into battle. But life at Larchbury is not without its own problems – as food becomes scarce, and the Spanish Influenza causes deaths throughout England, tragedy strikes closer to home and it seems no one is safe from heartbreak.
Can Amy and Edmond keep their love strong, even in a world crumbling all around them?
A captivating family saga set in WW1 about the power of love amongst the heartbreak of war – if you like Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood, you’ll be swept away by this engrossing, emotional novel.
Praise for Rosemary Goodacre:
‘a highly emotional, captivating story of love and loss set in WW1… brought a lump to my throat and a tear to my eye as I read.’ Over The Rainbow Book Blog
‘I pretty much read this in one sitting…If you’re a fan of historic novels and romance, this book is perfect. I loved it.’ Novel Kicks
‘an absorbing, interesting and emotional read… Highly recommended, particularly to fans of historical romance.’ Double Stacked
‘an incredibly well-written and emotional read… I really felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster.’ FNM Book Reviews
‘did a fabulous job of balancing the reality of war and still giving us hope with a love story between Amy and Edmond… An absolutely fantastic book and an author I highly recommend!’ Rose is Reading
‘There are many emotional scenes of love and grief, and the changing dynamics of life pre and post war is portrayed well.’ French Village Diaries
‘I thoroughly enjoyed this story and its eclectic mix of characters… the simplicity of the story made it easy to read and yet was full of emotional content.’ Dragon Rose Books Galore
‘an amazing book with a beautiful and emotional message of love, as well as the strength of the men and women that fought for freedom and to save the life of the innocent.’ Jess Bookish Life