Some secrets are better left buried…
2022. Stained-glass expert Rhoda Sullivan is called to Telton Hall to examine a window designed by an Italian prisoner of war during WW2. It should be a quick job but when she and the owner’s son, Nate Hartwell, discover a body underneath one of the flagstones in the chapel, Rhoda cannot let the mystery go. She knows what it’s like to miss someone who is missing – her twin brother disappeared just before their eighteenth birthday, and she has been looking for him for nearly a decade. But when the threats start, it’s clear someone doesn’t want the secrets of Telton Hall to come to light.
1945. Alice Renshaw is in trouble. Pregnant and alone she is sent away to hide her shame and taken in by Louise Hartwell who has a farm in Somerset worked by prisoners of war. As the weeks pass, Alice finds solace in new friendships, but not everyone at Telton Hall is happy about it. And even though peace has been declared in Europe, the war at home is only just beginning…
Beyond a Broken Sky is an historical romance with a dual timeline, which takes place during the Second World War in 1945 and in 2022 in Somerset. The story cleverly uses the stained glass window and the discovery under the stone flags in the chapel to tie the two eras together. The chapters are told from the alternate points of view of Alice, Rhoda and Nate. Scattered throughout are letters from Paolo, the Italian Prisoner of War, to his family in Italy, where we glean snippets of information about his personality and home life.
This is a well researched book and an eye-opening insight into the hardships one had to endure during WWII. The storyline is engrossing in itself, but with the incorporation of the murder mystery it became a real page-turner and exciting to watch the mystery unfold. There is also a little bit of romance in both timelines, which is kept light and doesn’t over-power the storyline. This is quite a fast-paced book and there is never a dull moment. The characters are portrayed well, they are colourful and interesting and I liked the camaraderie and the fact some wonderful friendships are forged during these difficult times.
This a thoughtfully written book, which is an enjoyable and easy read, it’s entertaining and a wonderful glimpse into the history of WWII. A must read for all fans of historical fiction and romance with a dash of mystery.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Publication Date (UK): 21 July 2022
Page Count: 464
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
About the author:
A USA Today and Amazon UK & USA bestselling author, with The Girl Who Lied and Sister Sister both reaching #1 in the Amazon UK Kindle chart in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her books have sold over a million copies and translation rights for her novels have been sold worldwide. She was born in Hertfordshire but had a nomadic childhood, moving often with her family, before eventually settling in West Sussex where she now lives with her husband and family.
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