In her new novel she tackles the sweeping post war vista in a dual narrative across two time frames.
Detta's story begins in Nazi Germany at the end of WW2 as the Russians move in, and the iron curtain falls. Miranda is in West Germany in 1989 as the Berlin Wall is broached and the iron curtain lifts. Separated by forty-five years, the two young women's journeys reflect and connect with each other.
It is January 1945, Germany. Out walking in the snowy woods, Detta Bruncel passes a group of British prisoners of war who are being force-marched westwards. She catches the eye of one; afterwards she cannot forget his face. A love affair between Detta and POW Tom Jenkins develops against a backdrop of evasion and danger. Detta protects Tom from the SS manhunt, but when the Russian invasion is imminent, she faces a dilemma: to evacuate to safety and and lose Tom forever, or to stay and risk death at the hands of the notorious Red Army soldiers.
It is November 1989, West Germany. Photographer Miranda Wade is in thrall to her controlling journalist boyfriend, Quill. After the Berlin Wall is breached, Miranda discovers Quills real reason for being in Germany: hes involved in a cross-border drug smuggling operation. When she confronts Quill, he becomes violent, and she flees eastwards through the Wall.
In October 1990 the reunification ceremony between East and West Germany is about to take place. In Devon, Detta begins to write memoirs of the great love affair that tore her from her homeland 45 years earlier. In Berlin, Miranda is about to leave the gallery preview of her first professional photography exhibition. At her side is Michael, now her fiancé (when she saw the pilot in the snowy woods, she knew shed never be able to forget his face).
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