World War II hits home to a scattered London family in new and unexpected ways in Jessica Stirling’s stirring third novel about Britain under siege. Susan Cahill enjoys her job at the BBC until a bomb destroys the building and brings unwelcome responsibilities and an autocratic new boss, Walter Boscombe. He has no time for ambitious young women from Shadwell and seems determined to break Susan’s spirit and her heart.
Breda Hooper, Susan’s widowed sister-in-law, and her small son are rescued from London’s shattered docklands by Danny, Susan’s estranged husband. Settled in a shabby caravan in small town Evesham, Breda soon finds herself entangled in village affairs in more ways than one, with only her quick wits, her new friends, and the ever dependable Danny to keep her out of trouble. For Susan and Breda jeopardy comes not from the skies but in the terrible price each must pay for falling in love with men who are not all what they seem to be and who, even in the midst of all out war, will change their lives forever.