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In Falling Snow

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Author Mary-Rose MacColl
Rights UK & Comm ex ANZ & Can
ISBN 9780749013332
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‘In the beginning, it was the summers I remembered – long warm days under the palest blue skies, the cornflowers and forget-me-nots lining the road through the Lys forest, the buzz of insects going about their work, Violet telling me lies.’

Iris is getting old. A widow, her days are spent living quietly and worrying about her granddaughter, Grace, a headstrong young doctor. It’s a small sort of life. But one day Iris receives something unexpected in the post – an invitation to a WWI reunion in France. Determined to go, Iris is overcome by memories of the past and of her journey to France in 1914, where she followed her young brother Tom, intending to bring him home to safety.

As a young woman, on her way to find Tom, Iris discovers the old abbey of Royaumont, where a group of women work to set up a field hospital. Putting her fears aside, Iris decides to stay and help. It is at Royaumont that she truly comes of age, finding her capability and her strength, discovering her passion for medicine, making friends with the vivacious Violet and falling in love. But war is a brutal thing, and there is a terrible price that Iris has to pay – a price that will echo down the generations.

What The Critics Said

'Beautifully told, this is a beguiling book that crosses the decades as Iris thinks back to her best friend Violet, her job as a nurse in a field hospital at Royaumont and her first love.'

Connexion France

'Readers looking for an emotional, character-driven story will likely find it one of the best books they've come across recently. MacColl's ability to realistically convey the experience of loss will undoubtedly win her many new fans... I would be hard-pressed to come up with a novel that I found as moving.'

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'There’s a lot to love about this book: the writing is beautiful, the characters stay with you long after you’ve finished, and the story includes three of my favourite things — history, mystery and memory...such a treat'

Kate Morton, author of The House at Riverton

'Wise, tender and above all a terrific read'

Good Book Guide

'Beautifully told, mesmerising characters....The author carries off brilliantly a story set in two time periods (which might have been confusing but isn't) and also succeeds in telling a story from the point of view of an older woman, which is somewhat unusual. The descriptions of Royaumont Abbey as the all-female staff struggle to have it recognised as a hospital are brilliant, and it's the place that really links the story of the two women, Iris and her granddaughter Grace.'


‘A beautifully written, intelligent book, which pays tribute to the dedication and bravery of an exceptional band of women'

Lynn Brunskill, Holmans Bookshop, Whitby

'An evocative and intriguing tale that encapsulates the horrors of war and the powerful legacy of love'

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