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In Pale Battalions (original 1988; edition 2007)
In Pale Battalions by Robert Goddard (1988)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385339208, Paperback)Six months after her husband's sudden death, Leonora Galloway sets off for a holiday in Paris with her daughter Penelope. At last the time has come when secrets can be shared and explanations begin...
Their journey starts with an unscheduled stop at the imposing Thiepval Memorial to the dead of the Battle of the Somme near Amiens. Amongst those commemorated is Leonora's father. The date of his death is recorded and 30th April, 1916. But Leonora wasn't born until 14th March 1917.
Penelope at once supposes a simple wartime illegitimacy as the clue to her mother's unhappy childhood and the family's sundered connections with her aristocratic heritage, about which she has always known so little.
But nothing could have prepared her, or the reader, for the extraordinary story that is about to unfold.
From the Paperback edition.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:28 -0400)
The year is 1916. A young soldier has survived the horrors of the Somme and now travels to his fallen captain's Hampshire estate to visit the man's bereaved family. Within days of Tom's arrival, a man is murdered. Another commits suicide, and Tom is falling in love with his friend's beautiful widow.....
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