Heartbreaking historical fiction: Five Stars
Wow, What can I say, except another very well researched and harrowing portrayal of WW2 in the Far East. Amazon Reviewer
Love and sacrifice in 20th Century Burma: Five Stars
A captivating story of 20th century love and suffering, well worth reading. Amazon Reviewer
A really gripping story well written: Five Stars, Amazon Reviewer
Set in the UK and in Burma during the second world war and the 1988 pro-democracy demonstrations. A daughter's promise to her dying father, uncovers wartime secrets that cast dark shadows over three generations of one family.
In 2015, 90-year old Grace Summers receives some old sketches – the work of her deceased husband, Jack. One sketch is of a beautiful Indian woman in a street in Kuala Lumpur. This brings back bitter-sweet memories of the 1940s, when Grace met and married Jack, whose world had been torn apart by his time as a prisoner of war in Burma.
In 1988, Grace’s daughter, Louise, embarks on a journey to Burma to fulfil a promise she made to Jack on his death-bed. She meets a young Burmese man, Zeya, an activist, and gets caught up in pro-democracy demonstrations, with tragic consequences.
In 2015, Louise and her daughter Eve, retrace Louise’s steps to Myanmar, to research Jack’s wartime experiences and to search for the girl in his sketch. But they are unprepared for the long-buried secrets their journey will unearth...