World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy. The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham’s middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility. As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls? Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
First of all, I love historical fiction and when this is mixed with mystery… well, I am in heaven!
And for those who love Downton Abbey, this is the book to read.
This is a well-constructed story. We follow the different characters in different places in each chapter and all of them was so highly connected… As we follow the countryside, Farleigh Place, during World War II, we also follow what happens in the city, London.
The characters were so amazingly descriptive and characterized. I love the family of Pamela, the people of Farleigh Place, so upper class. It’s funny to read that the war it’s occurring and the family still follows the rules of what’s correct in such a superior family.
I don’t know why but since the beginning of the book, I felt a compassion for Pamela and Ben. They seemed such good persons… people you can count on. But there was a character that I didn’t like, Jeremy, he seemed so full of himself.
This was a very calm reading, although it happens in times of war. Rated it 5 stars. What made this book so interesting was the spies, because we accompanied them looking for clues and cracking codes to defeat the Germans.
I highly recommended it!
If you want to buy this book, it’s available here.
My thanks to the author!