From the author of the highly acclaimed 'The Whitest Flower' and its sequel comes a new novel, every bit as vast in scope and as powerfully told as its predecessors.
Three women . . . Two armies . . . One enduring love.
Set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, this is a powerful, sweeping novel which poignantly explores forgiveness, longing, and the changing role of women set free by war from the 'protection' of their men.
Ellen O'Malley, together with her natural daughter, Mary, and adopted daughter, Louisa, helps tend the wounds of the soldiers who have fallen in battle. In the killing fields of Virginia she toils, not realising that her estranged son, Patrick, and Lavelle - the husband she desperately seeks - are on opposing sides of the terrible conflict. A book, the love elegies of poet John Donne, holds the key to her search, as Patrick, Lavelle and her former lover, Stephen Joyce, likewise search for her - and each other - with tragic repercussions.
The inspiring story of Ellen's race against the ravages of war is a tale of great loves, impossible choices, and the triumph of the human spirit against all odds.