This starts with a carriage driver struggling in the rain and mud to take his passenger home. He’s not even sure if he is still alive.
John Lacroix is brought to his family home barely conscious, stinking and wounded. Nell the housekeeper of the empty house, washes him, clothes him and feeds him gently, nursing him back to health
John doesn’t talk about the war in Spain and is clearly troubled, he then has a visitor, Wood, who tells him he is needed back in Spain once he has recovered sufficiently.
He decides to travel to Scotland purportedly to recover his health and collect local folk songs as did his Father before him. However, on his trail are an English Corporal and a Spanish Cavalry officer with orders to kill…
I loved Andrew Miller’s style of writing, it’s so descriptive bringing an atmosphere to the story and the believable characters, landscapes and the atrocities of war.
This is a book about war, dishonesty, and the suffering both cause. It is also about triumph and kindness and devotion and guilt.
Andrew Miller has written a beautiful, evocative and powerful piece of historical fiction with a great thriller which will keep you reading late into the night.
I would like to thank the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review