Format Hardcover
Publication Date 08/07/18
ISBN 9781681777627
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.3 in / 400

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Into the Darkness

A Novel

Kate Williams

Alive with rich characters and evoking love, loss, and one woman's surprising strength during the tumult of the 1920s and 30s, the new novel in the “Storms of War” trilogy brings this acclaimed series to a dramatic conclusion.

This scintillating third part of the “Storms of War” trilogy finds Celia in the glittering new city of 1920s New York, hunting for her son, Michael, who was taken from her at birth. In her desperation to find him, thwarted at every turn, she looks to the valiant girls of an underground flapper army and runaway boy with the biggest heart who knows New York inside and out for help. While in New York, she reconnects with Jonathan Corrigan—the best friend of her long-dead brother—and falls in love. In the hope of saving her family—and their home, Stoneythorpe—Celia sets up a business in New York. Her “Flapper Foods,” beautiful cans and jars of convenience food for the modern girl takes off. Then the Great Depression falls and everything seems lost.

But the Depression brings Michael to her, and although Celia has lost her brother and her business, she has her child. They return to England, and Celia finds her family poor and in desperate need. She starts her business back up in a battle to save the house.

But Celia's attempt to save her family—and keep everybody's secrets—is so all consuming, her business so absorbing that she doesn't see what's going around her. She refuses to see Tom when he begs to see his son. She doesn't see the advance of German rearming and nationalism, nor how it distresses her parents. And most of all, she doesn't see how Michael and his cousin, Lily, are becoming obsessed with each other. The adults attempt to separate the children. And this act tears the family apart.

Michael and Lily disappear, World War II is coming, and Stoneythorpe, despite Celia’s efforts, must be sold. Jonathan realizes she is never coming back to the United States, and Tom is furious with her. It seems to Celia that she has lost everything, especially her son and niece. But the world around her is watching, and hope is on the horizon. But there are big decisions to make, and Celia will have to risk everything to save her family.

Full of joy, wonder, bittersweet emotion, humor and redemption, Into the Darkness is filled with rich characters and a marvelous story about loss, love, new life, and one woman's surprising strength...

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)