This is one of those stories where the main characters endure so much that it starts to feel as if no happy ending can possibly make up for what they've been through. Possibly a bit melodramatic in places for my taste--I prefer mysteries--but I read it straight through and enjoyed it. I particularly liked that the story focuses on the domestic
experience of World War I, which interests me. I'm simultaneously reading Catherine Bailey's Black Diamonds
, and it was fascinating to get a fiction & non-fiction view of the (harrowing) turn-of-the-century experience of being part of a coal mining family.