Author: Helen Humphreys
Published by: HarperCollins Publishers on February 3, 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction
Book Rating: 8/10
Downed during his first mission, James Hunter is taken captive as a German POW. To bide the time, he studies a nest of redstarts at the edge of camp. Some prisoners plot escape; some are shot. And then, one day, James is called to the Kommandant’s office.
Meanwhile, back home, James’s new wife, Rose, is on her own, free in a way she has never known. Then, James’s sister, Enid, loses everything during the Blitz and must seek shelter with Rose. In a cottage near Ashdown forest, the two women jealously guard secrets, but form a surprising friendship. Each of these characters will find unexpected freedom amid war’s privations and discover confinements that come with peace.
This is a touching story about three characters trying to survive and find their way amongst the unpredictability of war.
The imagery is beautiful and the power of nature and the solace one can find within it is clearly depicted.
This is a quiet, understated book that is elegantly written and definitely worth a read.