Well, this book was charmingly captivating and kept my attention nicely throughout. It's the story of Rosamund and is told in flashback from papers found after her death. It's a story that shocked and amazed those who discovered it as they had no idea that the lady in question, best known for her novels, led a really rather more exciting life during the war.
Rosamund swapped the laid back pace of her hometown in Devon(shire) for the heady lights of London where she lodged with her Aunt, accompanied by her faithful companion. She learned fast and lived well, playing the perfect second to her Aunt's host at her famous dinner parties but also loving to mingle with her peers at nightclubs. It is in one such club that she first sets eyes on Harry Napier and begins a bit of a romance. But then war breaks out and, like many men at that time, Harry is posted away. With the bombing claiming her one true friend, and with certain skills she has becoming better known, she is made an offer, to do her bit for the war effort. And so begins an exciting and intriguing story that shocked those she eventually left behind.
This was book that grabbed me from the off and held me rapt throughout my time reading it. Yes, it did start off a tad on the slow side for me but, as I read on, the foundations that had been laid initially proved to be instrumental in my subsequent enjoyment.
One of the things that really made the book for me was the characterisation. The author has quite the skill of creating characters that really got under my skin, that made me engage and invest in. They all came across as completely credible and real; even the supporting cast, which made that connection with the book all the more stronger. I was especially impressed with the interaction between them. Set in the time it was, they all acted congruent with the time and place and it was hard not to get a bit emotionally involved in what I was reading.
The story itself was well crafted. I would image that there are quite a few people (past and present) who have similar stories that maybe have never been told so the whole premise was quite believable. With time marching on, maybe the majority will never be fully known; the nature of the assignation I guess, and that would be a shame. I especially loved the parts set in France, especially that particular moment which shocked me as much as it did Rosamund. After that, I was near praying for a favourable outcome, whether I got that, whatever that was, well... you'll just have to read it yourself; no spoilers.
All in all, a good solid read that left me more than satisfied at its conclusion. My thanks go to the Publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book.