In 1940, as the shadows are lengthening over Europe, painter Louis Duval decides to leave his studio in Brittany and, in his small motor boat, make the short but perilous journey to England. His aim is not to flee from the enemy, but to join the Resistance to fight for his beloved France. He arrives in Dartmouth and finds his way to the boarding house run by the delightful young widow Barbara Hillyard, who is trying to make a living for herself and her young evacuee Esme. Lieutenant-Commander Alan Powell, unfit for active service after being wounded in action, is overseeing undercover operations in that part of the West Country, and he and Duval find themselves in dangerous circumstances. Alan, lonely and frustrated in his work, is drawn towards the lovely Mrs Hillyard, but she seems to have eyes only for the attractive Frenchman...
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Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire. Her novels, Bluebirds, The Crew, The Little Ship, Our Yanks, The Pathfinder and Those In Peril are all published by Corgi Books.From Booklist:
Squadron leader Michael Harrison is sent to Berlin in 1948 by the Royal Air Force, and is unnerved by the city's utter destruction, how it's divided up by the allies, and how the Russians are making it difficult to bring in supplies. Michael has no compassion for the residents, believing that they all supported Hitler, until he buys a black market watch from a teenage boy and then meets his sister. Lili and her family are barely surviving in the Russian sector, living in the bombed-out remains of their former apartment. Her father was sent to the camps because he opposed Hitler, and her mother was killed in one of the bombings. Initially they are antagonistic toward each other, but they learn to put the past behind them, and soon Michael wants to marry Lili, but his career, the Russian blockade, and Lili's hidden past are against them. Mayhew's well-crafted story provides an insightful look at an overlooked facet of the post-World War II era. Patty Engelmann
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