Volume two starts off as Volume One ended, our hero ‘Harry Clifton’ being arrested at the dockside in New York. No doubt thinking that it might have been a bad idea to swap identities with a fellow sailor.
The first Chapter takes us through Harry’s story from 1939 till 1941, at times not quite as logical to understand as one would have hoped. (methinks some of Mr Archers prison memories were brought into play here). But none the less it made interesting reading.
From there we have Emma Barrington’s story through the same time frame. Followed quickly by that of Giles Barrington, Harry’s best friend. So on the story goes, mixing up the characters but, always following the same time line.
As we progress we learn how all the people involved are experiencing the beginnings of WW2, how they cope, how they try to come to terms with the situation they find themselves in. The Big question that is always in the mind of the characters is, are Harry and Emma actually half brother and half sister ? What of Emma and Harry’s baby son ? The author takes is on a trip that has one wondering, changing ones mind and then thinking again. Brilliant story telling.