My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a beautifully moving and powerful book from Sally.
When I was a teenager, historical romances were where I was at, before I switched to my first love of Fantasy/Sci-Fi and Paranormal and they remain right at the top of my list for the genre of book I love to read the most within the MM world.
So it was such a joy to pick up this book and have a reading experience which was not only authentic to the time period, but which brought ALL the feels, both good and bad, set as it was in the closing stages of World War I and then 20s England.
Everything about this book felt utterly believable, the unimaginable horror of the frontline conflict, the fears about being a man who loved differently, even Olive and her desire to go outside her rigid class structure and change the world.
The men who came back from the War were changed, but so too was the society they left behind, none more so than women. Those of the upper classes who had found new meaning in the many convalescent hospitals, and those of the working class, who stepped into the jobs their fathers, brothers and husbands had vacated.
Sally Malcolm perfectly depicts that world, the old men with their Victorian sensibilities who couldn’t understand how the world had changed, the brave new world that grew from that massive loss of life.
And firmly anchored at the centre are Captain Ashleigh Dawson and his batman Harry West, and I fell for them both and I rooted for their love with every fibre of my being.