||Two English women struggle to survive and keep hope alive during the two World Wars. Harriet and Maeve meet on a bus, in 1914, just as the English are getting involved in the conflict that will escalate into World War I. The women forge a quick emotional bond, discussing Harriet's husband being called to duty and Maeve's aching loneliness. The war intercedes, however, and the women go their separate ways. Twenty-five years later, Harriet encounters Jeremy, Maeve's son, amidst the rubble of the German bombing of Coventry. He reminds Harriet of her lost husband, stirring long forgotten emotions as the two desperately search to find Jeremy's mother.
||A stunning novel of love, loss and redemption,Coventry was published to rave reviews and became an instant bestseller in 2008.The Gazette (Montreal) called it ?a small gem. . . . A beautifully sculpted, meticulously researched work.? The novel opens on the fateful evening of November 14, 1940, when from her post as a firewatcher on the roof of Coventry Cathedral, Harriet watches the waves of German bombers approach. As the city is consumed by firestorms, Harriet flees alongside a young firewatcher named Jeremy, in search of safety and Jeremy?s mother, Maeve. But Maeve has escaped to the countryside, and when she and Harriet finally unite, it is Jeremy they hope to find alive. Coventry captures the unspeakable pain of loss and the ways in which we remember those we love.