In Second World War Bath, young, naïve wireless engineer Will meets Austrian refugee Elsa Klein: she is sophisticated, witty and worldly, and at last his life seems to make sense . . . until, soon after, the newly married couple’s home is bombed, and Will awakes from the wreckage to find himself alone.

No one has heard of Elsa Klein. They say he was never married.

Seventy years later, social worker Laura is battling her way out of depression and off medication. Her new case is a strange, isolated old man whose house hasn’t changed since the war. A man who insists his wife vanished many, many years before. Everyone thinks he’s suffering dementia. But Laura begins to suspect otherwise . . .

Firstly a big thank you to the publishers for my copy to read on netgalley. I am a massive fan of his books ever since he captured my heart writing about autism .

His storytelling is magical and perfect escapism This is a beautiful heartfelt life affirming story of love , loss grief and hope .

It’s unique and original in both plot and the narrative. 2 very different peoples paths are crossed and their lives will never be the same again.

Thought provoking and sensitivity written as the reader is invited to explore the world and many layers of grief and crossroads in life.

Published 25th March

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