Grace Hansen is at a crossroads in her life. She has just lost her grandfather and is in the middle of a divorce which took her by surprise. She never saw that coming. Left a small box by her grandfather with a cryptic message, Grace feels that she owes it to his memory to follow the small clues left behind, and the hidden message and this involves going to France and following in the footsteps of her grandfather during the period he enlisted in the Army and fought in France.
Told in two separate time frames (always interesting) we go behind the scenes of the war to all the major battle stands. Very descriptive of the period of the War and also of the present times we set out with Grace on her adventure, step by step. At some point Grace realises that she is being followed but she is nonplussed as to what the reason could be. Meeting Pierre and attracted to him, she falls in love slowly with France as well, knowing full well that she has a life in America with her two young sons and the grandmother who raised her. How she is going to solve the riddle of her grandfather's legacy and at the same time balance her personal life, is going to be her dilemma.
Secrets are unraveled slowly and Grace begins to think that she can trust hardly anyone as there seems to be a conspiracy whichever way she turns. Starting from within her own family.
Mysterious and very well told the author draws us into this story.
Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of Lake Union Publishing.