Loyalty and betrayal, hope and despair, One Moonlit Night tells the captivating story of a husband and wife separated by secrets as well as by war.
Accept it, he is dead.
No, it’s not true.
It is. Everyone thinks so except you.
Forced to leave their family home in London after it is bombed, Maddie and her two young daughters take refuge at Knyghton, the beautiful country house in Norfolk where Maddie’s husband Philip spent the summers of his childhood.
But Philip is gone, believed to have been killed in action in northern France. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Maddie refuses to give up hope that she and Philip will some day be reunited.
Arriving at Knyghton, Maddie feels closer to her missing husband, but she soon realises that there’s a reason Philip has never spoken to her about his past. Something happened at Knyghton one summer years before. Something that involved Philip, his cousin Lyle and a mysterious young woman named Flora.
Maddie’s curiosity turns to desperation as she tries to discover the truth, but no one will speak about what happened all those years ago, and no one will reassure her that Philip will ever return to Knyghton.
My thoughts: I really liked Maddie and found her story at Knyghton far more interesting than Philip’s escape through France, the mystery of what happened to Flora and the wedge driven between the men years ago was very intriguing.
Maddie herself was an interesting figure, with her sad and remote family history – seeking family and connection in Philip’s childhood home. His strange aunt Gussie, who lives in the past, and his angry cousin Lyle.
I also liked the two children – Sarah and Grace, rare for me as I’m not usually bothered but they seemed rather sweet and a little sad. Like Gussie with her collection of tiny dogs and growing forgetfulness. A rather sweet, melancholic book with a line of hope like a stick of rock.
*I was kindly gifted a copy of this book in exchange for taking part in the blog tour but all opinions remain my own.