I wish there had been a longer excerpt, but even though this was only a short sample, I was intrigued. I love historical fiction and especially ones that involve overcoming great obstacles, so this seems to fit perfectly. I can tell it will be a heart-breaking read, but one that will be hard to put down. I've read more novels set during the Second World War, but the few I have read that were set during the First World War were very memorable. There were so many hardships, and the loss of children is the most excruciating hardship of all.
The idea that Pauline has become comfortable with death, that death is easier than living, is a twist on suffering that is rarely explored. I'm eager to follow her journey and see if she changes her mind.