"August 4th, 1914: It was the day of champagne and raspberries, the day the world changed."
Elin lives a comfortable but lonely life at Hiram Hall. Hugo loves his young wife but is damaged by his experiences in the Boer War. August 1914 sees Hugo off to the front. Elin must support Hiram and its people, drawing on all her determination to do the right thing.
Alongside her cousin Alice and friend Mouse, Elin learns to manage the estate in Cornwall, growing much needed food, sharing her mother’s recipes and making new friends – and enemies. But Mouse cannot resist the lure of danger and it isn’t long before Elin herself is drawn into the horrors in France.
Not everyone escapes unharmed – and when the Great War finally ends, Elin faces an even more difficult battle at home...
Juliet Greenwood's moving, thrilling novel honours the sacrifice of soldiers and civilians in World War I and captures how lives were changed afterwards, some destroyed, but some, with love and courage, rebuilt anew.
Watersones Wales Book of the Month, Wales Independent Bookshops Book of the Month and Wales National Museums Book of the Month, March 2014
"Juliet writes with obvious passion for and knowledge of her subject. Indeed Juliet communicates with an emotional eloquence and understanding that's contagious in a good way making her novels very much worth our time."
Ani Johnson, thebookbag.co.uk
"powerful and moving"
"There are few greater delights than a book that draws you in from the very first pages and immediately makes you care about what happens next, that demands your attention in every free moment you can conjure until the end."
Claire McAlpine, Word by Word (http://clairemca.wordpress.com/)
"'We That Are Left' spans the four long, life-changing years of 1914-1918 and beyond, portraying the effects of the war not merely on the novel's characters but on British society as a whole, capturing the final days of a passing era and way of life. It is beautifully written, wonderfully paced. There is romance, adventure and suspense. And there is, as in Eden's Garden, quiet contemplation of the themes of grief, loss and loyalty, and of the way in which our past experiences shape our future selves. It is, quite simply, a riveting read."
Suzy Ceulan Hughes, www.gwales.com
"When I started to read it, it was like putting on a pair of comfortable old slippers. I just slipped into the characters lives and I devoured every page for its simplicity and honesty."
Annabel, Country Wives
"This is such a moving story, one full of emotion and the author captures the atmosphere and adds details that make you feel as if you are there too with Elin. It really was a delight to read this book and I didn't want it to end at all."
"Ms Greenwood is a mistress of storytelling. Her novel pulls the reader in from the very first page... I have no doubt whatsoever that you will simply adore Juliet Greenwood's latest novel. I know I did!"
Edith O'Nuallain, Story Circle Book Reviews
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