This month is off to a wonderful start for our fiction titles! Yesterday, we found out that Striking Murder was shortlisted for the CWA Endeavour Historical Dagger. Today, we’re excited to share with you that the final two titles in Amy Myers’s Seasons of War saga have both been named Books Monthly’s Book of the Month! These titles will both soon be available in the US. Here’s what Books Monthly has to say about the books:
“I didn’t get to read the first two books in this series, but I’m proud to be able to choose Winter Roses and Songs of Spring, the two final books in Amy’s quartet of first world war family affairs as my joint adult books of the month for August. This is a saga, pure and simple, but it’s of a quality far elevated above normal saga fare, and it closes with two superb titles. I wonder what the wonderful Amy Myers has in store for us next? Anyone who loved Downton Abbey will sink into this with pure unadulterated pleasure.”
By the summer of 1916, there is still no end to the war in sight and in the Sussex village of Ashden, as elsewhere, optimism has given way to stoicism. In the year that follows, bereavements and shortages take their toll on village life.
While George Lilley leaves the Rectory to join the Royal Flying Corps, each of his four sisters finds her own way of contributing to the war effort. Gradually coming to terms with her broken engagement to Reginald Hunney, Caroline Lilley numbly continues with her agricultural work at home, until tragedy forces her into leaving Ashden.
Plunged into the fascinating and often frustrating world of military intelligence, Caroline attempts to rebuild her personal life. She renews her contact with the enigmatic Belgian liaison officer Yves Rosier, but how can she tell is this new relationship is right? And will the war give them the chance to find out?
Songs of Spring
Christmas 1917, and as the Lilley family gathers at the Rectory in the Sussex village of Ashden, the mood is far from festive. But while the sisters face heartache and the new year brings fresh tragedy, the Rectory opens its doors to a new world, its inhabitants strengthened by the grief and happiness shared during the long years of war.