Beryl Matthews was born in London and now lives in a small village in Hampshire.
Growing up during the Blitz, she often spent more time in air raid shelters than classrooms, but despite the endless sirens and the other disruption the war brought, she grew up in a family who all loved to read, and books have always been an important part of her life.
Beryl read widely and began to weave stories in her head, although she never wrote them down. Music was also a big part of her life; as a young girl Beryl was part of a small concert group and wanted to pursue a career as a professional singer, but the need for a steady wage directed her working life.
After school, Beryl began work in an aircraft factory and over the course of her career worked her way up from shy tea girl to credit controller.
When retirement rolled around, Beryl had no intention of sitting around quietly; she learned to swim properly and dive when she was in her sixties and still loves to swim today. She also grabbed the opportunity to make her writing dream a reality. She put those stories down on the page, joined a Writers’ Circle and attended as many conferences as she could, determined to prove those who thought she had left it too late wrong. At one of these conferences she met her literary agent and at the age of seventy-one became a published author. She has since written nineteen novels and shows no sign of slowing down!
London, 1940. The war is raging across Europe and twenty-three-year-old Grace is devastated by the loss of her husband, Brian, at Dunkirk after only a year of marriage.
Her secretary job at a law firm keeps her mind from dwelling on her sorrow but when her boss, James, enlists in the air force Grace is left without work.
Alongside her best friend, Helen, the two young women join the War Office in a...
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