A Brief Affair
by Margaret Leroy
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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In September 1940England is a war once again and London has become increasingly fragile room for widows Livia Ripley and her two young daughters, Polly and ElizaWhen Livia meets the charismatic publisher Hugo Ballantyne, she has hope that her life is about to change for the better.But as the clouds gather in the clear autumn sky, the siren’s howl announces the Luftwaffe’s arrival.As the raids intensify, Livia volunteers to be a guardian at the invitation of the enigmatic Justin ConnellyHere, she experiences the true reality, and despair of war, in contrast to the world of comfort and cocktails provided in the ephemeral afternoon at the Balfour Hotel with HugoAnd in the end, Livia discovers a force she never knew she had that will give her the power to save those she loves.When you don’t know what tomorrow is made of, there is no choice but to live for todayReminiscent of classic films such as Brève Rencontre and La Fin de l’Affaire, it’s a point of view captured in the story of a woman finding herself while the world is at war.
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