For more than two years, Rachel Lock has waited for her husband to return from the battlefields of Italy. When at last he arrives, she is devastated to find he is a different man, a man she cannot love. Disabled and embittered, Danny can never resume a normal life, and though Rachel is determined to restore their marriage, it seems the war has broken their lives beyond repair.
Then Captain Andrews comes to visit, and despite a deep unease between Danny and his former commander, for Rachel the attraction is instant, her heart captured by the officer.
But the tension between the two men seems to stem from an earlier time. What happened in Italy to make Danny so hostile to an officer he once trusted and admired? And why has Andrews come to visit him in the face of it?
As Rachel struggles to shake off the ghosts of the war, she is torn between her loyalties to an empty marriage and her deepest desires. Only one can prevail in this heart-wrenching novel, which delves into the devastation left behind by the Second World War.
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About the Author
Samantha Grosser was born and raised in Bristol, England. A varied career has included a number of office jobs, teaching English in Japan and Australia, proofreading, nursing and bookselling.
She now lives in Sydney with her Australian husband and son, and between bouts of writing, works as a Registered Nurse.
Another Time and Place is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a real page turner from the very first page! The story was well written and the characters were so well detailed that I ended up reading this book in one sitting! I look forward to reading more from this author!
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Officer’s Affair is a wartime novel by author Samantha Grosser. Set in England during the events of the Second World War, this historical tale centers on a wounded soldier by the name of Danny Lock. After a long stint fighting the war in Italy, Danny suffers life-altering injuries which mean he never feels like a complete man again. His wife Rachel is young and hopeful, trying desperately to help him without emasculating him and to adjust to the new version of her husband who’s come from the war. As if all this drama wasn’t enough for the struggling couple to tackle, a handsome associate by the name of Captain Andrews also returns from the war and comes to call on Danny. Rachel and the captain have plenty of tension from the get-go, but it’s Danny’s odd behavior towards Captain Andrews which really sets them all on a collision course with the past. I adore Second World War fiction, especially when it focuses on unusual aspects of the war and the ordinary lives of the people at home. Samantha Grosser weaves an authentically British tale with Danny Lock, whose pain is palpable and heartbreaking on every page. The unveiling plot between Danny and the captain was unexpectedly rich and filled with intrigue, and the romantic elements of the tale were full of true-to-life conflict, passion and guilt. I found Rachel to be a heroine who grew on me as the tale progressed, and there was certainly more to this simple young woman than first met the eye. Overall, a highly recommended wartime drama.