By Charles Todd
From the brilliantly resourceful ny occasions bestselling writer Charles Todd comes an unforgettable new personality in a great new series
England, 1916. Independent-minded Bess Crawford's upbringing is much diversified from that of the standard upper-middle-class British gentlewoman. starting to be up in India, she realized the significance of accountability, honor, and accountability from her officer father. on the outbreak of global struggle I, she in his footsteps and volunteered for the nursing corps, serving from the battlefields of France to the doomed sanatorium send Britannic.
On one voyage, Bess grows keen on the younger, gravely wounded Lieutenant Arthur Graham. anything rests seriously on his moral sense, and to provide him a bit peace as he dies, she can provide to bring a message to his brother. it really is a few months prior to she will be able to perform this accountability, and while she's subsequent in England, she herself is recuperating from a wound.
whilst Bess arrives on the Graham residence in Kent, Jonathan Graham listens to his brother's final needs with staggering indifference. Neither his mom nor his brother Timothy turns out to imagine it has any value. Unsettled by way of this, Bess is ready to take her go away while surprising tragedy envelops her. She speedy discovers that satisfying this responsibility to the lifeless has thrust her right into a maelstrom of intrigue and homicide that would endanger her personal existence and try out her braveness as now not even warfare has.
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