An epic story of love and war, and of England in the first half of the twentieth century, from the bestselling author of Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
A return to the epic romance, heroism, history and warm and eccentric cast of characters that made CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN such an extraordinary hit (2.5 million copies sold).
In the brief golden years before the outbreak of World War I, Rosie McCosh and her three very different sisters are growing up in an eccentric household in Kent, with their neighbours the Pitt boys on one side and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood adventure are shadowed by the approach of the conflict that will engulf them on the cusp of adulthood.
When the boys end up scattered along the Western Front, Rosie is left confused by her love for two young men - one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?
“A feast of a novel … This book is very much a hit”
John Sutherland, The Times
“Louis de Bernieres is in the direct line that runs through Dickens and Evelyn Waugh... he has only to look into his world, one senses, for it to rush into reality, colours and touch and taste”
“This, [De Bernieres]’ eighth novel, proves that he can and is still producing Good Things”
Fiona Wilson, The Times
“A richly rewarding read”
Vanessa Berridge, Daily Express
“De Bernieres is an astute observer of the human heart, and his account of an idealistic young woman learning to live in the real world is beautifully observed”
Mail on Sunday
“It’s a book in which readers will happily immerse themselves, and one which will surely and deservedly be a bestseller”
Allan Massie, Scotsman
“Rhapsodic, wistful and with more than a touch of whimsy… It’s pure escapism of the very highest quality”
Jeffrey Taylor, 4 stars, Sunday Express
“[A] charming and quietly moving tale”
Christian House, 4 stars, Sunday Telegraph
“Another epic novel of love and loss”
Woman and Home
Bert Wright, Nudge
“The comparisons with his Captain Corelli’s Mandolin are happily justified”
Micyael Conagyan, Belfast Telegraph Morning
“Magnificent and moving”
“Magnificent and moving.”
“This is a novel suffused with warmth and humour as it follows the threads of love and family ties. It is a pleasure to follow these characters through the tumultuous times in which they live… a well-told and engrossing story, bringing back to life a generation who are slipping from our collective memory.”
Kate Slotover, Riddle