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From New York Times best-selling author Charles Todd comes a haunting tale that explores the impact of World War I on all who witnessed it - officers, soldiers, doctors, and battlefield nurses like Bess Crawford.
Though the Great War is nearing its end, the fighting rages on. While waiting for transport back to her post, Bess Crawford meets Captain Alan Travis from the island of Barbados. Later, when he's brought into her forward aid station disoriented from a head wound, Bess is alarmed that he believes his distant English cousin, Lieutenant James Travis, shot him. Then the captain is brought back to the aid station with a more severe wound, once more angrily denouncing the lieutenant as a killer. But when it appears that James Travis couldn't have shot him, the captain's sanity is questioned. Still, Bess wonders how such an experienced officer could be so wrong.
On leave in England, Bess finds the captain strapped to his bed in a clinic for brain injuries. Horrified by his condition, Bess and Sergeant Major Simon Brandon travel to James Travis' home in Suffolk to learn more about the baffling relationship between these two cousins.
Her search will lead this smart, capable, and compassionate young woman into unexpected danger and bring her face to face with the visible and invisible wounds of war that not even the much longed for peace can heal.
©2017 Charles Todd (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Kathi on 01-10-2017


Charles Todd has done it again! Consistent excellent writing, character development, historical details and even good mysteries (though this one wasn't too hard to figure out), this series is one of my favorites! I am always thrilled when a new Todd book comes out (either this series or the other, featuring Ian Rutledge, the post WWI detective).

Bess Crawford is a nurse during WWI, and in this episode, the war is ending, the Armistice has been declared, but there is still some fighting happening. She meets an officer casually at first, later he is brought back into her aid station wounded, and that touches off what will be a new adventure for Bess, as she and family friend Simon Brandon set out to try to untangle the odd circumstances surrounding the shootings.

I feel a little worried that the author(s) have set this at the end of the war. I am hoping that doesn't mean they are planning to bring this exceptional series to an end, but merely intending to have the series shift to post war Britain. This book was a bit unusual in that Simon Brandon played a larger role than he usually does, and Bess' father was more involved than usual, as well. In my opinion, this added to the story, as they are both interesting characters.

Rosalyn Landor has narrated these books so well, that I would hardly want anyone else to ever take her place. I think this could be a successful stand alone book, but for full enjoyment and understanding of the background, it would be well to listen to them in order. Highly recommend!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Faith Christmas on 21-11-2017


every time I listen to these books its like I've been teleported into the book. I love it !!!
truly cant wait until the next book in the series

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