The year is 1965. Jules and Charlotte are thrown together unexpectedly through the EFPO. Having not seen one another since their break-up, will they survive the emotional turmoil of regret, guilt and hope that ensues? What is the secret Charlotte believes will destroy the love Jules still feels for her? In contrast, his superior, Smythe, embarks on a journey of love he had thought impossible.
Their relationships unfold against the backdrop of an investigation prompted by Smythe’s distrust of Fawkes, the new Head of the EFPO. Why does Fawkes want a file on ‘The Monument Men’ archived? What really happened to Charlotte’s father? Did he steal artefacts during World War II? What connects the 1938 Berlin Olympics with a ship bound for Gloucester docks?
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By Stephen Cartwright
Jan 30, 2014
It is not often that a first novel reaches the standard of this one. The writing is clear and it is easy to visualise the setting and characters. Her research enables the action to be clearly placed in the 60s, with many convincing details. With two intertwined love stories, information on the little-known Monument Men and a thriller plot with twists in the ending, this book certainly packs in a lot of story for your money. (There is even a cat involved.) I really couldn't wait to get to the end and I'm sure many people will find this to be just their cup of tea.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The tension increased page by page. I found it difficult to put down once I had got into the story. The author had obviously done her research on the 'Monument Men' and this made the story believable.In addition, the two love stories that ran through the book also kept my interest to the point that I was moved to tears at the end. Well done.
I recently had a stint in hospital and brought this novel with me. I must say it certainly kept me engrossed as I found it difficult to put down. The subject of the Monument Men was a subject I did not know about, although aware that artefacts had been purloined during the war to a very large extent but unaware of the organisation involved, so it made for an interesting hook for the story. The period setting of the 60s was also nice for me as one who lived through that period and the author managed to give a good flavour of that time. It had a love story,which if I wanted to be picky I felt was a tad drawn out but, the intrigue and following chapters worked very well. The denoument, which kept me trying to work out the plot right up to the very end, had a good interesting twist. The characters were well drawn. The lovers were likeable and the villains despicable as it should be. I believe this is a first published novel and await with great interest to see what the author has up her... More > sleeve for the next one. Well done - congratulations on your success, keep writing and the best of luck for the future.< Less
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