The novel’s strong pacing alternates between wartime and its aftermath, vividly capturing postwar life. . . At the heart of this story lies a tale of young love interrupted by the realities of war and life’s complications. A textured historical romance that is far more than the sum of its parts.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Emotionally layered. . . While Margot and Harry’s chemistry proves palpable, and their series of romantic misunderstandings provide tension, it’s Margot’s longing for James, the strain of her perceived shame, and her desire for forgiveness that underpins this deeply resonant post-war tale.
Fans of historical fiction will feel like they have stepped back in time and won't want to put down this charming mystery with a focus on family and the turmoil that can brew within. The sophisticated writing reflects the setting well and there is no doubt that the characters fit this period piece perfectly.
—School Library Connection
Smoothly written, well-plotted. . . will be catnip for both adult and YA romance fans.
A gorgeous, poignant, unputdownable new Christmas classic.
—Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks’ War
Sally Nicholls conjures another era with a miraculous lightness of touch that fills me with joy and envy. Her characters don’t just leap off the page, they grab you by the collar, demand your sympathy, and surprise you at every turn.
—Frances Hardinge, author of The Lie Tree
A festive treat of a story about family, lost loves, and finding yourself again after tragedy.
—Emma Carroll, author of In Darkling Wood