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Sussex, 1919. 

The Great War is over, but for Harriet Agnes McDougall its effects endure. Plagued by the need to understand how her middle son, Malcolm, came to meet his death in the Belgian trenches, Harriet must embark on a voyage of discovery to retrace her son’s movements. With peace now prevailing across Europe, her investigations lead her to Flanders, still scarred by the effects of the recent war.

As she uncovers the circumstances surrounding Malcolm’s death, she encounters various dispossessed young men who are returned from war only to find that they seem no longer to have a place in this altered society - something Harriet determines to address.

©2018 Nathan Dylan Goodwin (P)2019 Nathan Dylan Goodwin

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  • 03-05-21

Geneology story with a difference

This was a sad but such a well-written and insightful story. The book took readers into the period just after the First WW, when so many families had lost loved ones. Mrs McDougall and her only living son, went to France to search for the circumstances of one of her sons, who lost his life during the war. I won't spoil the story by relating what happened, but it was definitely a page-turner!

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  • 03-04-21

Outstanding.

Rather than a ‘whodunnit’ kind of mystery, this is a story about particular events of World War I and the consequences of those events for one English family.


Harriet McDougall is not a detective as such, but when she feels the need to find answers about her sons’ experiences in the war, she uses her intelligence, instincts and resourcefulness to investigate until she finds the resolution she seeks. Harriet is a sincere and kind woman whom readers will both like and admire.


The cast of characters is varied and interesting, adding colour, texture and some surprising twists and turns to the story.

This story is very interesting but also quite emotive and challenging, creating a profound effect on the reader. The narrative progresses at a good pace, drawing the reader deeper into Harriet’s quest and into her family as the story unfolds.

The narration by Sheila Daly Payson is clear, expressive, and most enjoyable to listen to.