Fiona McIntosh


Amidst the carnage of Gallipoli, British nurse Claire Nightingale meets Australian Lighthorseman Jamie Wren. Despite all odds, they fall deeply in love. Their flame burns bright and carries them through their darkest hours, even when war tears them apart.

Jamie’s haunting meeting with Turkish soldier Acar Shahin on the battlefield forges a bond between them that

cannot be forgotten. The chance encounter leaves a precious clue to Jamie’s whereabouts for Claire to follow.

Come peacetime, Claire’s quest to reconnect with Jamie takes her all the way to Istanbul, and deep into the heart of Acar’s family, where she attracts the dangerous attention of a tall, dark and very handsome scholar.

In the name of forgiveness, cultures come together, enemies embrace and forbidden passions ignite – but by the breathtaking conclusion, who will be left standing to capture Nurse Nightingale’s heart?

A heart-soaring novel of heartbreak and heroism, love and longing


‘Dreamily romantic and historically fascinating, this is McIntosh at her best.’ BRISBANE NEWS

‘A book for readers who enjoy a fairytale romance.’ BOOKS+PUBLISHING

‘An epic story of war and peace. A tribute to the lives lost
in the war, but also to love itself – sensitive, poetically powerful and as gentle as the breath from a fluttering of wings.’ AUSTRALIAN WOMEN ONLINE

‘Now, this is a book. A real book. The kind of book you can’t put down and the kind of book you can’t wait to end, but don’t want to end. Full marks to McIntosh for reaching into our lives and stealing hours away.’ NEWCASTLE HERALD

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