Format Paperback
Publication Date 11/12/19
ISBN 9781643132389
Trim Size / Pages 8.25 x 5.5 in / 400

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Into the Darkness

A Novel

Kate Williams

Alive with rich characters and evoking one woman’s surprising strength during the tumult of the 1920s and ‘30s, Into the Darkness brings this trilogy to a dramatic conclusion.

The finale of the Storms of War trilogy finds Celia de Witt in glittering 1920s New York, hunting for Michael, the son who was taken from her at birth. Desperate and vulnerable, she looks to the valiant girls of an underground flapper army—and a runaway boy with a big heart—for help in her search. Meanwhile, Celia sets up a business in New York called Flapper Foods, in hopes of saving her family and their home, Stoneythorpe, from ruin. Flapper Foods takes off, only to have the Great Depression fall. All seems lost—but the Depression brings Michael and Celia together. Back in England, Celia’s family is in desperate need. As World War II approaches, Stoneythorpe, despite her efforts, must be sold. But the world around her is watching, hope is on the horizon, and Celia will have to risk everything she has held dear to save her family.

Kate Williams is the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming Queen Victoria, which was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She is also the author of Ambition & Desire, a biography of Josephine Bonaparte. Kate works as CNN's British royalty and historical expert. She lives in England.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“Those who enjoy their history in fictionalized form need look no further.” Alison Weir, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Touching on topics as wide ranging as the horrors of trench warfare, battlefield hospitals, women-volunteer ambulance drivers, women’s suffrage, and blatant discrimination, this detailed, descriptive novel brings an era to life. As atmospheric as Anne Perry’s WWI books and as spellbinding as Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants.” Booklist (starred) [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“Quietly impressive. It echoes of classic novels (Atonement, Brideshead Revisited). Hard to put down. A new perspective on an old war. Gripping, thoughtful, heartbreaking, and, above all, human.” Kirkus Reviews (starred) [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“The new novel by the historian Kate Williams, is an epic story about a young woman whose idyllic world is shattered by the First World War.” The Sunday Telegraph [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“Shades of Downton, with a dash of Atonement. Tatler [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“A big juicy drama set on the eve of the First World War. Kate Williams paints a spellbinding portrait of a family clinging on desperately to their privileged way of life.” Good Housekeeping UK [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“Kate Williams in a vivid writer, conjuring atmosphere through scents and tastes as well as period props.” The Times Literary Supplement [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“Williams keeps her story moving and the result is a vivid portrait of a perennially fascinating period of history.” The Observer [praise for Kate Williams' "Storms of War" trilogy]
“This terrific saga comes with a fascinating twist. Williams has a gift for showing how great movements in history affect the lives of people caught up in them.” The Times (London)