A beautiful and moving novel about love and loss in France in the early twentieth century
A beautifully controlled and powerful story of love and conscience, will and desire which begins when a mysterious young girl arrives to take up the post at the seedy Hotel du Lion D'Or in a small French town in the mid 1930s.
“[A] story of restrained emotions played out in a period setting among picturesque locations...Faulks gives every sign of being a real novelist, who thinks and feels through the written word.”
“This moving and profound novel is perfectly constructed, and admirable in its configurations of place and period”
“An unusual and moving novel in which courage and abnegation are pitted against illicit but total love...a poised and well-judged work”
“[A] powerful story of love, conscience, will and desire”