Something was missing in her life. Then World War I came and changed everything.
As a young woman of twenty-one, Grace did not think it unusual to marry a man of forty. Although she wed a kind and respectful individual, something remained absent from their relationship. Before she could fully understand her growing despondency and restless emotions, England declared war on Germany. Like a jigsaw puzzle turned upside down, the pieces of Grace’s life scatter in different directions. When her husband leaves for France to fight for king and country, Grace is left behind to face years of loneliness, temptation, and loss. After the declaration of peace, the picture puzzle of her life is reassembled but paints a vastly different scene than it did before.
Ms. Hopkins has a very direct way of writing, the story is told without fanfare but with plenty of details. It's easy to fall into this story, to feel as though you are there, experiencing everything that happens, every emotion.