A beautiful and moving novel about love and loss in France in the early twentieth century.
A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience, will and desire which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up the post at the seedy Hotel du Lion D'Or in a small French town in the mid-1930s.
“This moving and profound novel is perfectly constructed, and admirable in its configurations of place and period”
“[A] story of restrained emotions played out in a period setting among picturesque locations...Faulks gives every sign of being a real novelist, who thinks and feels through the written word.”
“An unusual and moving novel in which courage and abnegation are pitted against illicit but total love...a poised and well-judged work”