The Sins of the Father (Book 2)
Only days before Britain declares war on Germany, our hero, Harry Clifton, hoping to escape the consequences of the truth about his father, and forced to accept that he will never be free to marry Emma Barrington, has run away and joined the Merchant Navy. But when his ship is sunk in the Atlantic by a German U-boat, an American cruise liner, the SS Kansas Star, rescues a few survivors, among them Harry and the third officer, a badly wounded American named Tom Bradshaw. When Bradshaw dies in the night, Harry assumes Bradshaw’s identity, believing it’s the perfect opportunity for him to start again.
But in America, he quickly learns the mistake he has made when he discovers what is awaiting Bradshaw in New York: a murder charge. Without any way of proving his true identity, much less Bradshaw’s innocence, Harry Clifton is now chained to a life that could be far worse than the one he had hoped to escape. The one thing he hasn’t counted on is Emma, if only Emma can put the pieces together fast enough to save him from a fate not his own.
Giles Barrington has his own challenges, having given up his place at Oxford to volunteer for the war effort himself. Indeed, from a prison cell in New York to the streets of Bristol to the fields of Germany, the fates of the Cliftons and the Barringtons are inexorably caught up, finally leaving us to follow the story into the jaws of war itself. We also finally get to see Hugo Barrington’s true colors. But it’s the wartime scenes, for both Giles and Harry, who has volunteered to trade his prison sentence for a term in the army, that are the most exciting in the series thus far.