In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life - a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield.
Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel's half sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them.
When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives.
What members say
- Gayle H Spurlock
Beautiful and suspenseful
As with all of Kate Breslin’s books, I was immediately drawn in by Ms. Breslin’s ability to paint a compelling picture with words. In this book, as with her others, she immediately works her way into your heart with believable characters and all the deep emotions revealed by both their interactions with each other and their private ruminating. She creates a vivid panorama of the world surrounding them in such detail that you feel as if you are experiencing it with all your own senses. The story is both tender and tense, tentative and hopeful, woven in such a way that you can’t stop reading because you can’t know what turn it will take next. All this, with perfect authenticity and simplicity. There is nothing contrived about any of this book; it feels completely real, like a page from your life. Once again, Ms. Breslin has taken us on a journey to a time and place we can never experience on our own, but one which leaves us feeling as if we were there, seeing, hearing, and feeling everything that transpired; and leaving us with an indelible memory.