It's a lovely story on life at times of war for 3 different women whose lives intersected in a small town. Iris James came to Franklin as the new Postmaster. Emma Fitch came as a new bride of the town doctor. Frankie Bard met Dr Fitch in London, witnessed directly the horrible impact of war, and came to Franklin with what she thought was her duty. We see how war, directly and indirectly, impacted on each of these women's lives. Mostly, this book is beautiful in its descriptive language, not only of what is seen but what is in the mind of the characters.