This is Historical Fiction novel that reads as more of a mystery than history. It is by Beatriz Williams, and apparently she has written previous novels about some of the characters in this story. I have not read any of them which could be why I am confused by the epilogue. It was recommended that I read A Certain Age by her before this one….well…I did not do that.
I will tell you that I did enjoy this book…the beginning was a bit slow, but it eventually picked up and I read the last 200 pages in one afternoon. It is about a strong woman named Virginia who is an ambulance driver in WWI in France, and it is there that she meets mysterious and handsome Captain Simon Fitzwilliams. The two fall in love and have a passionate affair. Yet they both have secrets from their past….some serious secrets that create tragedy to their eventual marriage and birth of their daughter.
Five years later, and they are living in America. Virginia and her daughter are in NYC while Simon is in Florida running several businesses. The pair become estranged for 3 years when Simon is suddenly killed in a fire. Virginia travel south to deal with the details of the death and the businesses she will inherit. Enter Samuel and Clara Fitzwilliams…Simon’s siblings. They welcome her with open arms, and yet Virginia senses something is off….something is not quite right. The more she questions, the more dangerous her situation becomes.