“If she stopped now, she might still be able to pick up the pieces and live that nice, safe life she’d always wanted.
But after today…”
In a tiny town on the coast of Lancashire, Lily Brown is trying to hold her world together.
With England in the throes of World War II, her alcoholic father a prisoner overseas, and her mother struggling to make ends meet, she is convinced marrying her wealthy suitor is the best way to take care of her family.
Until a blue-eyed American soldier turns her life upside-down.
Based on a true story, this beautifully researched biographical novel follows Lily’s journey as she finds herself torn between the country she loves and the man who has stolen her heart. Haunted by dark memories, afraid of putting aside her own plans, and faced with a future nothing like what she expected, will she find the courage to forge a new life in America?
Or will she let her fears—and the past she can’t let go of—destroy her chance for happiness with the man who adores her?
Leya Delray has captured my parents’ personalities as if she knew them her entire life. Using family stories and historical research, she has created a novel that is completely captivating. I’m so excited about this book!
—Sharon Crenshaw, Daughter
I felt transported back in time. An incredible and factual piece of writing.
—Kathy Matthews, Niece
I grew up with these stories and know them by heart. Yet from the moment I read the first chapter, I couldn’t turn the pages quick enough! A stunning job indeed.
—Susan Sproles, Daughter