"A Bitter Truth" is an engrossing depiction of the life of a battlefield nurse in WWI and an upper class family in rural England. We observe the interactions of this family as they attempt to deal with a particularly embarrassing situation.
Bess Crawford is a nurse who returns to England on leave from her duties in the battlefields of France. She is surprised to find a well dressed young woman huddled in her doorway. When Bess notices that the woman, Lucy Ellis, has a bruise on her face, Bess's compassionate nature takes over. She invites Lucy into her flat and learns that Lucy's husband, Roger, struck her. Lucy is afraid of returning home and Bess offers to accompany her.
Bess meets Roger at the Ellis home and understands about the argument. Roger is about to return to his unit at the front and Bess wanted them to attempt to conceive a child so that if anything happened to Roger, she would have the child as a part of him to remember and love.
Bess is a steady character who is a delight. As a nurse, she deals with the physically and mentally injured people. She is also a problem solver and has the ability to analyze a situation and provide useful alternatives.
Charles Todd describes the relationship between the Ellis family members and the responsibility they have toward maintaining the family reputation at all costs. There are a number of murders and the reader continues the story enjoying the logical approach Bess uses to find out who the killer might be.
The author has added a well placed plot twist that makes the story more interesting and places the novel in the top realm of creative story telling.
The story has a plot and character who are made for each other and combine for a wonderful reading experience.
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Michael A.Draper is a financial planner with Mass Mutual in North Haven, CT. Married to Diana for 46 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters. … more
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