But when her brother joins the Resistance, he asks Giovanna to hide a badly wounded fighter who is Jewish. As she nurses him back to health, she falls helplessly in love with the brave and humble Marco, who comes from as ancient and noble an Italian family as she does. They pledge their love, and then must fight a real battle against the Nazis who become more desperate and cruel as the Allies close in on them...
'The book on the conflict remembered 100 years on' Jon Wise, Sunday Sport
The Western Front is a wasteland of barbed wire, shell craters and mud-filled trenches. Winston Churchill, searching for a solution to the stalemate, commits the Allies to a disastrous Gallipoli campaign.
As men on both sides die in droves, miners and mill-workers work tirelessly for the war effort while families confront the broken bodies of returning soldiers. Nurses, soldiers, politicians, factory-workers and children - all are torn apart by war, and for husbands and sons, mothers and wives, the old way of life is vanishing.
Praise for Stewart Binns:
'Anyone with even a vague interest in Britain and the Great War should read The Shadow of War' Celia Sandys, granddaughter of Winston Churchill
'Stewart Binns has produced a real page-turner, a truly stunning adventure story' Alastair Campbell
'A fascinating mix of fact, legend and fiction . . . this is storytelling at its best' Daily Mail
'Unique, entertaining and eye-opening' Robin Carter, Parmenion Books
'A tour de force of writing brilliance' Books Monthly
'Unarguably heart-warming... will leave any reader with a sense of British pride' Goodreads
'Truly a book that educates while entertaining, a talent of this best-selling author' Historical Novel Review
Edward, in a bid to run away from problems at home, decides not to resist conscription and ends up at the Front. Sadie's hopes for love are unrequited, and Laura has to flee Artemis House when it is shelled and she finds herself in London driving an ambulance. Ethel, the nursery maid, masks her own pain by caring for other people's children but she must take care not to get too attached.
The government has to bring in rationing, and manpower shortages means the conscription age is extended. The Russians have fallen out of the war and a series of terrifying all-out attacks drive the Allies back almost to the Channel, and for the first time England faces the real prospect of defeat. No one can see an end to the war and yet, a small glimmer of hope remains . . .
When the Boys Come Home is the fifth book in the War at Home series by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, author of the much-loved Morland Dynasty novels. Set against the real events of 1918, at home and on the front, this is a vivid and rich family drama featuring the Hunter family and their servants.
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