This was such an engaging read. Sundin knows how to pull a reader into the story very quickly and take them on an emotional roller coaster ride using her characters.
Aleida’s situation is fraught with all manner of difficulty; having escaped war torn Holland, she lands in London desperately seeking to locate her son who has been abandoned by his father, and Aleida’s husband. It’s incredible that parents did this during the war, literally passing their children through car windows to escape likely death or imprisonment if they stay.
Aleida gets a job in the Health Ministry helping London parents who have sent their children to the country for safety. It works well for her as she can use it as means of potentially finding her son, Theo.
Hugh Collingwood is a radio broadcaster, much to the disappointment of her wealthy parents. Hugh loves reporting on the war. He figures if he’s unable to be on the frontlines holding a gun, he can serve as well holding a microphone. He does his job very well and is well liked by his BBC audience.
Aleida and Hugh meet accidentally through his work. He’s looking to interview people who have suffered through the war. The attraction is immediate but Aleida is recently widowed and doesn’t want to make a poor decision like she did first time. Aleida hardly meets the profile of the privileged society ladies which his parents would prefer him to meet.
Sundin keeps us turning pages as our characters evade falling bombs, chase scoops, run from murderers, and search for Aleida’s boy in what seems a lost cause from the outset. I loved Aleida’s never-say-die attitude in the pursuit of her son.
It’s clear significant research has gone into the preparation of this story which adds to the authenticity of it and makes one wonder what is indeed fact and what is fiction at some key moments. The descriptions of war-torn London are brilliantly captured for our imaginations and the emotional highs and lows we go on with both Aleida and Hugh’s stories keep our hearts pumping.
I feel very fortunate to have received an early ebook copy from Revell as part of their Revell Readers program via Net Galley. However, this has had no bearing on my review.