"Roberta likes to collect letters and postcards she finds in second-hand books. When her father gives her some of her grandmother's belongings, she finds a baffling letter from the grandfather she never knew - dated after he supposedly died in the war.
Dorothy is unhappily married to Albert, who is away at war. When an aeroplane crashes in the field behind her house she meets Squadron Leader Jan Pietrykowski, and as their bond deepens she dares to hope she might find happiness. But fate has other plans for them both, and soon she is hiding a secret so momentous that its shockwaves will touch her granddaughter many years later ..."
I've just read the beginning - a description of the bookshop in which Roberta works - and would love to go on with it right now, but it will have to wait a bit. US readers may like to know that it is to be published in the States, too, and by Amy Einhorn, publisher of Kathryn Stockett's phenomenally successful The Help. Finally, who could resist that cover?