Gwen’s war is over, but her greatest battle is about to begin.
‘An engaging story of secrets, sacrifice and the persistence of love’ Sunday Times
‘An enticing slant on wartime life’ Mandy Robotham
May, 1945. When bells ring out for Victory in Europe, young wife and mother Gwen wonders if her world is about to change.
Six years ago, she married Jack – not out of love, but to keep a secret. On their wedding night, hoping to atone for events in his past, Jack promised he would leave for the war the following day and never return.
But Jack is coming home, unable to keep the promise he so faithfully made, and full of hope that he may at last win a place in Gwen’s life and her heart.
As events of the past return to haunt them, threatening all they hold dear, Jack and Gwen find themselves facing their greatest battle yet.
To win, they will have to stand together and fight as one.
In this sweeping historical story with huge heart, Anita Frank weaves a glorious tale of love and loss, secrets and promises.
Fans of The Things We Cannot Say and The Keeper of Happy Endings will love this utterly heart-breaking novel.
Praise for After the War:
‘A truly wonderful novel, so beautifully written and with an engrossing plot’ Jill Mansell
‘Draws you in with a deeply held secret so that just when you think it should all be over, it’s really just beginning – an enticing slant on wartime life’ Mandy Robotham
‘Set during WWII, Anita Frank weaves a beautiful and poignant love story that tugged at my heartstrings’ Jenny Quintana
‘An engrossing story of loss, betrayal and love on the farming home front during WWII’ Carolyn Kirby
‘Beautiful, atmospheric writing and masterful storytelling’ Jenny Ashcroft
‘A more modern take on Far from the Madding Crowd’ Historical Novel Society, Editor’s Pick
‘Utterly gripping. It wrapped me in its spell from the first page to the last’ Iona Grey
‘A love poem to a lost agricultural way of life’ Caroline Scott
‘A beautiful tale of love, loss and survival’ Fíona Scarlett
About the author
Anita Frank was born in Shropshire and studied English and American History at the University of East Anglia. She lives in Berkshire with her husband and three children and is now a full-time carer for her disabled son. Her debut novel The Lost Ones was shortlisted for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award and the Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award. The Return is her second novel.