1927: When Fred Lawson takes a summer job on St Kilda, little does he realise that he has joined the last community to ever live on that beautiful, isolated island. Only three years later, St Kilda will be evacuated, the islanders near dead from starvation. But for Fred, memories of that summer – and the island woman, Chrissie, with whom he falls in love – will never leave him.
1940: Fred has been captured behind enemy lines in France and finds himself in a prisoner-of-war camp. Beaten and exhausted, his thoughts return to the island of his youth and the woman he loved and lost. When Fred makes his daring escape, prompting a desperate journey across occupied territory, he is sustained by one thought only: finding his way back to Chrissie.
What a beautiful setting this book has, I liked hearing about the people and the bird life that lives there. There is an interesting map at the front of the book so you can get your bearings. It shows when the author has done lots of research into the place and this seems to be a very special place, I had never even heard of St Kilda before reading this book but now I want to learn more about this interesting place. I did find parts a little slow but it was a good read and the cover of the paperback is spectacular.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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