Another extraordinary piece of writing from Caroline Scott, as she manages to capture the emotions of humans going through heart breaking times with such consideration and care. You become emotionally attached to the characters as you see them facing up to the tragedies in their life, and wish desperately that they'll come out unscathed on the other side!
Esme is at the heart of the story, set after the Great War and 5 years after she lost her beloved husband in the war. He grew up in Cornwall, so she finds herself eager to visit the area to see if that can help her connect a little more with the memory of the man she misses so much.
She finds herself staying with a eclectic group of souls, each dealing with their own personal battles, and takes the time to connect with them along with herself and nature. Nature is at the heart of this book and features strongly throughout and really adds a sense of grounding and calm to the turbulent emotions that many of the characters are going through.
She finds herself spending more time with Rory who has written about his war experiences, so Esme takes time to read his words to help her understand what he, her husband and all the other soldiers went through while fighting on the front line. His words show a love of nature as well, especially birdwatching, and once again it's a distraction for him and his colleagues to watch the beauty of birds while they face the brutality of war.
There was so much to captivate me as a reader throughout this story. The humanity, the connections, the emotions - it all plays out at a wonderful pace and the mystery of the new arrival throws the cat amongst the pigeons and adds to the drama and emotions!
This was just a wonderful story that I was captivated by. The setting, the characters, the sense of history - it was all a perfect blend that created a beautiful piece of storytelling.