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At the end of World War 2, Marianne von Lingenfels, widow of a resister of a failed assassination attempt on Hitler, returns to the castle of her husband’s ancestors. There she sets out to gather and protect the wives and children of the fellow conspirators, as she had promised.
The book takes us forward as the makeshift family tries to move into a new future, but it also takes us back into each of the women’s stories, exposing secrets and actions that have shaped them and with which they now struggle to live.
I couldn’t put this down once I started. It kept me awake when I finished it. And I wonder, under similar, appalling circumstances, how would I have survived, and what secrets would I be hiding.
Reviewed by Trish