The first casualty of war is the truth.
The story of four young people who meet and fall in love at the wrong time.
Hazel is a pianist from London. She is a shy and modest girl, who never in her life took a risk. But the moment she meets James at a dance party her life changes completely. Not only she falls in love with that handsome and brave man she also decides to change her life completely. When James leaves for the war, Hazel cannot imagine staying safely at home. She volunteers as an entertainment secretary in a YMCA relief hut in France. Now she can be closer to James who fights on the battlefields in France and do something for the war effort. In France, she meets a beautiful and extremely talented singer Colette. Colette escaped war-torn village in Belgium, where she lost her entire family, fiancé and many friends. She cannot trust anybody and the last thing she wants to do is fall in love again. When she meets Aubrey, an American soldier, who deals with his own issues, Colette struggles to not to care for someone again. Because as it seems everyone she cares about eventually dies. All four young people meet at the most difficult time. They must face their fears and open their hearts to love and friendship that would help them survive through wartime.
This novel is so tragically beautiful. How wrong and how right is to fall in love during the war. I enjoyed the fascinating plot, the personal drama each character was dealing with and the relationships between them. I liked how the novel focused on a few stories of different people from different backgrounds and countries and what they faced during the war and the issues they’ve been dealing with. The only let down for me was the narrative. I didn’t really like the fact that it was from the perspective of the Greek Gods. It was kind of weird and in my opinion, didn’t fit the overall book theme. One moment we are dealing with the WWII drama and then thrown back to the hotel room with half-naked Ares? Huh? I urged to flip fast through those pages and get back to the story as soon as possible. Usually, I prefer the book to focus on one storyline and one perspective and if it jumps from one time period to another, both stories must be equally fascinating.