A fabulous book, very easy to read.
Betty is nearly 100 years old and is keeping a secret about her role in WW2.
Her son Leo is coming back from Australia to see her, the relationship is very strained and to begin with the reader has no idea why.
Betty's carer (Tali) discovers a suitcase and inside is a gun, the reader is transported back to the war and to Betty's story.
The book jumps from present day to the past with ease.
Running through the book is also Tali's story, here from Mauritius and running away from her family and past. In the course of her work she finds love and happiness once more.
A story of a woman Betty in her 100th year living with her carer Tali at her own family home. After finding a case in the cellar while tidying the house Tali opens it hoping to find something to stimilate Betty's interest and open up about earlier life and experience. In it she finds a gun which greatly distresses Betty and is ordered to throw it in the river at the bottom of the garden. Betty refuses to talk about her earlier life and is seen by her son Leo and others as a woman of no interest.
The story jumps forward and back from 1944 to 2018 telling Elisabeth story of bravery and tragedy as a SOE survivor and her present life not standing up to others and now being bullied by her son.
This is a easy book to read with so much going on. At times I wish the separate stories could have been elaborated on but they would have pulled your focus away from the mane character Elise. A interesting insight into the training and bravery of the men and women special agents in France in the 2nd world war. Also how sad that the elderly are seen as burdens on society not listened to or recognised encouraged to talk about their younger life's.
St Regulas book club