Accept it, he is dead.
No, it’s not true.
It is. Everyone thinks so except you.
Forced to leave their family home in London after it is bombed, Maddie and her two young daughters take refuge at Knyghton, the beautiful country house in Norfolk where Maddie’s husband Philip spent the summers of his childhood. But Philip is gone, believed to have been killed in action in northern France. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Maddie refuses to give up hope that she and Philip will some day be reunited. Arriving at Knyghton, Maddie feels closer to her missing husband, but she soon realises that there’s a reason Philip has never spoken to her about his past. Something happened at Knyghton one summer years before. Something that involved Philip, his cousin Lyle and a mysterious young woman named Flora. Maddie’s curiosity turns to desperation as she tries to discover the truth, but no one will speak about what happened all those years ago, and no one will reassure her that Philip will ever return to Knyghton.
I adored this book. I could not put it down once I started it and just was instantly intrigued by the story and characters. Maddie and Phillip meet and get married after a quick romance. After two children Phillip leaves to fight in the war.
After a bombing, Maddie and her two children have gone to a country house where her husband spent his summers when he was younger after a bombing. Maddie still has hope that Phillip is out there but as the days pass she starts to lose that hope. He has gone missing with everyone telling her he’s died but she still has a part of her that believes he could be alive.
In this new place she wants to try her best and keep her children happy during this hard time. But, there is a little bit of mystery. The name Flora has been mentioned and she’s never been told about a Flora and why will no one talk about her? Separated by war and dealing with mystery and betrayal, Maddie tries to figure out what happened and to keep her children safe.
I really enjoyed the different chapters of different years as this really added to the characters and their backstory. This is a book of mystery, love and betrayal and it was so good. The detail and the writing where beautiful and was just so lovely to read.
I love the setting in this book. Knyghton was written so beautifully that it was easy to picture this place and little town surrounding it. I really enjoyed how this story did not go fast. Over the span of the book secrets and lies started to come out and it was so well done that some parts shocked me.
This is my first book by Rachel but I will be definitely reading more from her. The way she writes about history and intertwines it with the life of Maddie was so well done. With mystery, secrets and hope this is a wonderfully written book. I sometimes have a hard time with historic fiction but they way this book was written has made me a big fan of this author already and I cannot wait to get more from her.