by Charlotte Bingham

August 2004
ISBN: 0-312-32695-5
Reviewer Graphic Button St. Martin`s Press

Waldo Astley has arrived in a small English village in the winter of 1947. As they are introduced, the people in the village donít know what to think of him. Women are attracted to him; the men are suspicious of him.

Judy's husband, Walter, has just returned from war. After being gone for a long time, he and Judy no longer know each other. Rusty has not recovered from the loss of her child through a miscarriage. Mathilda is a single mother whose chances of marriage are slim to none, and finally there is Meggie who was once a secret agent in the war. She is trying hard to get those experiences behind her.

Amazing things start happening to these people once they get to know Waldo; they donít know he came to their village on a personal mission. When Waldo meets Meggie, he is instanty smitten with her, and they begin to date. It is soon apparent Meggie is sick, and Waldo proposes they marry. However, there is a small problem; Waldo has to divorce his wife.

If I tell the reader any more, it will ruin the pleasure of reading the book. This book will bring smiles to the readers' lips, tears to their eyes, and love in their hearts for the characters. Well worth the read.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Pat.

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