Forgive me, Dorothea, for I cannot forgive you. What you do, to this child, to this child’s mother, it is wrong…

Roberta likes to collect the letters and postcards she finds in second-hand books. When her father gives her some of her grandmother’s belongings, she finds a baffling letter from the grandfather she never knew – dated after he supposedly died in the war.

Dorothy is unhappily married to Albert, who is away at war. When an aeroplane crashes in the field behind her house she meets Squadron Leader Jan Pietrykowski, and as their bond deepens she dares to hope she might find happiness. But fate has other plans for them both, and soon she is hiding a secret so momentous that its shockwaves will touch her granddaughter many years later…

‘A first novel of great charm and assurance, beautifully told and utterly gripping.’
The Times

‘A heart-breaking tale of loss, missed chances and enduring love’
Good Housekeeping

‘Totally absorbing . . . Beautifully done and heartbreaking too’
Esther Freud, author of Hideous Kinky

‘[a] charming debut… as appealing on the inside as its enticing jacket’
Daily Mail