This title will be released on July 27, 2017.
Early spring 1944.
In a clearing deep within an English forest two lost souls meet for the first time.
Connie Granger has escaped the devastation of her bombed out city home. She has found work in the Women’s Timber Corps, and for her, this remote community must now serve a secret purpose.
Seppe, an Italian prisoner of war, is haunted by his memories. But in the forest camp, he finds a strange kind of freedom.
Their meeting signals new beginnings. In each other they find the means to imagine their own lives anew, and to face that which each fears the most.
But outside their haven, the world is ravaged by war and old certainties are crumbling. Both Connie and Seppe must make a life-defining choice which threatens their fragile existence. How will they make sense of this new world, and find their place within it? What does it mean to be a woman, or a foreign man, in these days of darkness and new light?
I was given a advanced reading copy of this book. I was looking for something different to read from my usual types of genres and I came across this book. It is set in 1944’s and we find out about Connie Granger and her life growing up and how she comes to work for the Women’s Timber Corps. We also meet Seppe who is Italian and he is a prisoner of War and it is about how the two of them get to know each other through working as Timber Corps. I found the start quite slow but I decided to persist and I am glad I did. I found the story deeply moving and it made me more aware what women would do in those days to protect till the end.
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