The Lost Soldiers
From the New York Times bestselling author comes a remarkable novel of three women whose lives have been torn apart by war. For fans of The Nightingale, Wives of War and Lilac Girls, The Lost Soldiers reveals the strength, love and courage found even in the darkest of times, and the ultimate triumph of hope.
In the summer of 1919, British Ruby is mourning her beloved husband Bertie, missing since 1916. His grief-stricken parents ask one last task of her: travel to the Belgian battlefields to find Bertie’s grave, and with it the peace that will come with knowing his final resting place.
Alice, an American, knows in her heart that her brother Sam is alive – but after he signed up under a false name, no news has been heard from him since he arrived in Belgium. Leaving her life and her fiancé behind in Washington, Alice sets sail for Europe, promising herself that she will not rest until she finds her brother.
Martha has risked everything to travel to Belgium. A German, she knows she will be met with neither sympathy nor understanding. But her son lies somewhere in Belgian soil, and her husband’s dying wish was for his grandfather’s bravery medal to be passed down to his son. It is a promise Martha will do anything to keep.
When the lives of these three women collide, they begin to question whether that which unites them could be greater than their differences. As an unlikely friendship blossoms, their story reveals their untiring determination to find out what happened to the men they love, no matter how painful the truth.
What readers are saying about The Lost Soldiers:
‘Simply beautiful… Enthralling… The emotional impact of this book is enormous – I cried so many times, and ached at the injustice and unfairness of it all. But it’s also immensely uplifting… This lovely book will remain in my memory for a very long time to come.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely beautiful. A wonderful story about love, loss, heartbreak and hope… All the characters and the setting come alive in this stunning story… Brilliant… A book that will stay with me for a very long time.’ Renita D’Silva, 5 stars
‘Heartbreaking… Engaging, compelling and well-written.’ Robin Loves Reading, 5 stars
‘A hugely compelling read with a wonderful insight into the lives of those who lost loved ones during World War 1… Took me by surprise so that I felt very moved and not a little tearful afterwards. Liz Trenow has a real eye for detail so that the settings are described in a way that makes them come to life… Real places and historical events were so skilfully woven into a gorgeous narrative… I really recommend… A moving, evocative, historical read.’ Linda’s Book Bag, 5 stars
‘A wonderful story of human resilience in the face of adversity. It is a joy to read and flows beautifully. I found myself completely absorbed.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Beautifully written… Highly recommended.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Loved this book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘This book was fascinating and I couldn’t put it down.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
Previously published as In Love and War.