Natalie finds herself at a crossroads in life. She is supposed to be writing her next novel and restoring the guesthouse with her boyfriend Francois Xavier, but he has left her to return to France and she finds herself with nothing to write about. Her sister Alex shows up seemingly out of the blue, and the two sisters begin to work on their strained relationship and guesthouse renovations.
Newly married Violette is shocked when her husband leaves the island to support the French troops and then German soldiers take over their town. She finds an unlikely friend and confidante in the German officer Rainier, who has his own secrets to keep.
I really enjoyed this completely unique novel about WWII and felt transported to the charming island of Brittany. Both the present day as well as the story set during the war were equally compelling. I did feel the ending was a bit rushed, but perhaps that was because I wasn't quite ready to let go of the characters and have their stories come to an end.
I received this book courtesy of the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.