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Pan Macmillan, Feb 14, 2013 - Fiction - 320 pages
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London, 1940. Her mother is dead in an air-raid, her father reported missing in action: suddenly young Katharine de Montval’s world is reduced to emotional rubble that matches the grim surroundings of the city.

Vulnerable and alone, she seeks sanctuary at Ardnakil, a friend’s rambling house set deep in the Scottish countryside. On the train she meets Ashley Paget, a handsome young parachute officer.

The scene is set for an intense, passionate romance as the couple struggle to see each other in war-torn Britain: a rushed wedding, snatched weekends, hurried evenings, station partings. Their love grows – but tragedy and heartbreak pursue her.

In an ending full of power and emotion, Katharine discovers that the war is about to reveal its biggest surprise.

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Noreen Riols was born in Malta where her father was serving in the Royal Navy, and educated at the French LycÚe in London. From 1943-45 she served in SOE (Churchill's Secret Army) and post-war worked for the World Service of the BBC where she met her journalist husband, recently demobilised from the 1st French Army. After 6 months behind the Iron Curtain in Bucharest in the early fifties, they settled in Versailles where their five children were raised. For nine years she worked freelance from Paris for "Woman's Hour" while writing for many newspapers and magazines and MacMillan has just bought her eleventh book: "They shall not grow old".

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