The Tears of Autumn
For Biff and Rosemary Banks, newly wed, their honeymoon in Italy is an adventure, one only improved by the close relationship they form with Konrad and Anna, another couple staying at their hotel. At the conclusion of their holiday, the couples pledge to meet again when possible, but as World War II looms large on the horizon, their goodbyes are tinged with sorrow.
The Tears of Autumn follows Biff and Rosemary’s fortunes as they struggle to come to terms with the war and their roles in it; their concerns for Anna and Konrad in Germany give them a unique perspective—because Konrad, like Biff, is in the military.
Fans of World War II fiction will enjoy this unique tale. Framed by Biff’s elderly reminiscences, the story takes several unexpected twists to reach an unexpected destination, fuelled by coincidence. The author capably develops the relationships that this novel hinges on, between the two couples and between Biff and Rosemary. A well-researched solid novel for fans of the genre.