A courageous wife, mother, and resister confronts the devastation of World War II in a heartbreaking and hopeful novel by the bestselling author of The Venice Sketchbook and The Tuscan Child.
Londoner Madeleine Grant is studying at the Sorbonne in Paris when she marries charismatic French journalist Giles Martin. As they raise their son, Olivier, they hold on to a tenuous promise for the future. Until the thunder of war sets off alarms in France.
Staying behind to join the resistance, Giles sends Madeleine and Olivier to the relative safety of England, where Madeleine secures a job teaching French at a secondary school. Yet nowhere is safe. After a devastating twist of fate resulting in the loss of her son, Madeleine accepts a request from the ministry to aid in the war effort. Seizing the smallest glimmer of hope of finding Giles alive, she returns to France. If Madeleine can stop just one Nazi, it will be the start of a valiant path of revenge.
Though her perseverance, defiance, and heart will be tested beyond imagining, no risk is too great for a brave wife and mother determined to fight and survive against inconceivable odds.
Rhys Bowen is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and #1 Kindle bestselling author of two historical mystery series and five historical standalone novels. Her Molly Murphy mysteries are set in early 1900s New York City and her popular Royal Spyness books feature a minor royal in the 1930s. Rhys’s historical standalone novels take us to the first half of the Twentieth Century, primarily focusing on World War II. Rhys’ books have been translated into 29 languages, have sold millions of copies worldwide, and have won over twenty major awards (including the Agatha). Rhys was born and raised in Britain, was a former broadcaster with the BBC, and lived in Australia before settling in California with her husband. To learn more about the author, visit www.rhysbowen.com.
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