FROM THE GLOBALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING?Bittersweet ? dazzling' Guardian?Deeply pleasurable ? the ending made me cry' The Times?Told with a wealth of detail and narrative intensity' Penelope Lively Violet is 38.The First World War took everything from her. Her brother, her fianc? ? and her future. She is now considered a ?surplus woman'.But Violet is also fiercely independent and determined. Escaping her suffocating mother, she moves to Winchester to start a new life ?a change that will require courage, resilience and acts of quiet rebellion. And when whispers of another world war surface, she must live with a secret that could change everything?