In 1937, fisherman’s son, John Norman’s first encounter of Felicity MacDougall, the daughter of a retired tea planter, is prickly at best.
But a chance meeting during a London air raid leads to a tentative romance, which becomes long distance when John joins the Navy and Felicity takes a job at the infamous, secretive Bletchley Park.
Their relationship falls prey to the timeless obstacles of insecurities, doubts and misunderstandings. Can they overcome the distance between them, and also the war?
John and Felicity’s relationship has fateful consequences, not only for them, but beyond, into the next generation…
Read about the discoveries Liz made while researching this book in her feature, A surprising gap in Second World War fiction. She has also written for Historia about how a family tragedy inspired her second book, Love and Music will Endure, in The widow with the lamp.