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On his way to Lyme Regis to search for work, Bert looks out of the train window in a town called Singleton Magna, and sees an unbelievable sight--his wife and two children who he thought were killed in a London bombing raid. He leaps off the train and tries to find his family, racing desperately across fields and country roads, and finally winding up asleep under a tree. Meanwhile, the battered body of a woman is found on the edge of a cornfield, and Mowbray is arrested. Is the woman his wife? Did he kill her? And what happened to the two children who were with her?
Everywhere Rutledge looks, he shows us various forms of damage caused by the war--from the hopes of a local girl whose lover returned with a French wife, to the trauma that Mowbray is going through. As in the first two books, A Test of Wills and Wings of Fire, Todd demonstrates the massive damage done to an entire country by focusing on the small, personal battles of the survivors. --Dick Adler
This is just a great series, I can't get enough of it, feel sorry for WWI survivors, their plight was not recognized or addressed, so sad.Published 6 months ago by Oldie Goldie
"Charles Todd" (a mother/son writing team) has/have created a memorable inspector and a haunting sidekick in this series. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2003
I was introduced to the this book by accident. While on vacation I picked up a book to read and it was this one. Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2001
I had a really tough time with this book. Initially, I found it very slow moving, but I stuck with it. Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2001 by "bibliofiend"