As a new millennium dawns, only 100-year-old Selma Bartley knows the secret behind a Yorkshire village’s refusal to honour its war dead.
One summer’s day in 1913, a brush with tragedy irrevocably binds the fates of two families forever.
A year later, and West Sharland sends its men off to fight. Blacksmith’s daughter Selma Bartley is left to manage both the family business and her blossoming feelings for aristocrat Guy Cantrell.
When Guy is wounded in battle, his identical twin Angus takes his place, unbeknownst to his brother. But reckless Angus’s actions in France result in catastrophe for the Bartley family, hundreds of miles away in West Sharland.
Overnight, the village turns against the Bartleys and, urged on by her distraught parents, Selma is forced to make a new life in America.
Horrified at his brother’s actions, Guy ends up in Pennsylvania, with a new identity and a sense of peace that has previously eluded him.
But years later, with war again on the horizon, secrets are resurrected, reuniting Selma and Guy – and the names of the dead must be uttered once more…
A mesmerising tale about how a landmark moment in history affected the lives of so many. Guaranteed to capture the heart of all those who loved The Island and The House at Riverton.
‘A compelling story, capturing the spirit of time and place.’ Lancashire Evening Post