THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU
This book’s saccharine title belies the affecting story within. Set in WWII England, this gracefully written novel takes unexpected turns through betrayal, loss, love and loss of innocence that will shock your emotions time and again, yet still retain a gentle sense of quiet. The characters, all too human and fragile, will stick with you for days.
As Britain prepares for war, 8-year-old Anna Sands is evacuated from her London home to a country manor to live with wheelchair-bound Thomas Ashton and his beautiful yet cold wife, Elizabeth. As Anna is drawn into their tumultuous relationship, she gains insight into a world of tangled emotions within herself and those around her, which will affect her life and her own ability to love far more than the seemingly distant war. (ATRIA, Jul., 336 pp., $15.00)