I loved the characters in this novel. Although I dont normally read historical fiction, the mix here of mystery, romance and drama would have worked very well in any setting. But what grabbed me most were the interesting and quirky historical references that had me intrigued and reaching for wikipedia to check they were really true (they were!) from the publishing industry in wartime to the heartwarming London zoo stories. And through it all a very human and compelling search where you could feel the emotions coursing through Alice the protagonist. We see from her and multiple Other perspectives what loss, quest and love in wartime must feel like. A terrific new read
I was lucky to read an advance copy - to be honest i dont always finish them but literally could not put this book down.