The lives of two very different couples—an officer and his
aristocratic wife, and a young soldier and his childhood sweetheart—are
irrevocably intertwined and forever changed in this stunning World War I epic of
love and war.
At eighteen years old, working-class Riley Purefoy and posh
Nadine Waveney have promised each other the future, but when war erupts across
Europe, everything they hold to be true is thrown into question. Dispatched to
the trenches, Riley forges a bond of friendship with his charismatic commanding
officer, Peter Locke, as they fight for their survival. Yet it is Locke’s wife,
Julia, who must cope with her husband’s transformation into a distant shadow of
the man she once knew. Meanwhile, Nadine and Riley’s bonds are tested as well
by a terrible injury and the imperfect rehabilitation that follows it, as both
couples struggle to weather the storm of war that rages about them.
Moving among Ypres, London, and Paris, this emotionally rich
and evocative novel is both a powerful exploration of the lasting effects of
war on those who fight—and those who don’t—and a poignant testament to the
enduring power of love. Download and start listening now!