One wonders what might follow. Can Clementina settle into a comfortable life as the doctor’s wife? Can she put the past behind her? Her son will be old enough for the next war 20 years on. A sequel perhaps? This is an accomplished novel with an amplitude that may be called old-fashioned in as much as in both style and theme it recalls the sort of novels that were written in the inter-war period by writers who had no interest in experiment, but took character,setting and story seriously. It has a fine sense of time and place – a good novel for these days of lockdowned confinement.