by Chris Cleave
Reviewed by Janet:
The author of Little Bee brings World War II London to life in his newest novel inspired by his grandparents’ love letters. Mary North is assigned to be a teacher after she volunteers at the War Office, which is how she first meets Tom and, later, his roommate Alistair. As they are confronted by love, war, and survival, their hopes and dreams are shaped by events beyond their control. Wry humor, determination, and the triumph of the human spirit make this novel both inspirational and heartbreaking.