'Powerful and humane, a novel that charms and beguiles' Sadie Jones, bestselling author of THE SNAKES
A heart-breaking historical tale of love and hope set at the end of the Great War.
Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women’s lives:
Hettie whose wounded brother won’t speak.
Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover.
And Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son’s death, and is still waiting for him to come home.
As the mystery that binds them begins to unravel, far away, in the fields of France, the Unknown Soldier embarks on his journey home. The mood of the nation is turning towards the future – but can these three women ever let go of the past?
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The Great War casts a pall over the intertwined lives of three different women in Anna Hope’s powerful debut. Hettie is a starry-eyed dance instructress desperate to escape the dreariness of her mother’s home, where her shell-shocked brother’s nightmares disturb her sleep. Evelyn lives far from her disdainful family, processing claims from discharged soldiers and grieving the love of her life. And Ada tries to keep her marriage from falling apart in the wake of her son’s death. Darting between her protagonists’ stories—and the dramatic tale of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior in London—Wake vividly evokes the turmoil of post-war society. Hope brings a modern sensibility to imagining her characters’ inner lives, creating a captivating and moving portrayal of resilience.