Forgive me, Dorothea, for I cannot forgive you...
Roberta likes to collect the 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 happily 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 shock-waves will touch her granddaughter many years later...
Published by: Hodder & Stoughton - Fiction
Year: 2014 - Paperback
Roberts is a collector of old letters, postcards even receipts that she finds in old books. So when her father is clearing out his mothers belongings after she goes into a nursing home he gives Roberta an old suitcase belonging to his mother. Written inside is the name Mrs D Sinclair. Mrs Sinclair's suitcase starts with a letter from Jan Pietrykowski written to Roberta's grandmother during the war. The only problem being the date of the letter is after her grandfather supposedly died. Roberta is left intrigued and she decides this is a puzzle she needs to try and resolve. Who is this Mrs D Sinclair and how could this letter have been written after Jan Pietrykowski's death. Roberta unravels the mystery and in doing so reveals a secret that her grandmother has kept for nearly 70 years.
This is a great debut novel by Louise Walters. Throughout the book you flip between the 1940's war time Briton and the present day as Roberta Pietrykowski unpicks the secrets of her elderly grandmother.
Definitely worth a read.....