I received this book as an ARC through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. The setting was really well drawn, and I felt like I learned a lot about the first World War, and conscientious objectors in Britain, something I had never learned about before. It was interesting, and I love learning about things that are usually left out of history classes. It added such depth, and richness to the story.
I liked the characters as well, and I appreciated that George is suspicious of Matthew, but he isn't rushing to condemn him either. He actually gets to know Matthew, and thinking that Matthew might have caused his brother's death really hurts him. I liked seeing Matthew and George learn to know about each other, and I love how close to the truth George stays. No outrageous stories or made up lives. I also love the secondary characters, and how much they add to the story. I love how the author also adds in women, and the role they played in the war, and what happened when to them when it was over. It made the story much bigger than just Matthew and George.
The plot was well drawn, and it felt like things progressed naturally, and felt authentic to the times. I liked that the setting felt period, but not some sort of idealized version of the past. The resolution was well drawn, and complex, and I appreciated that things are never as simple as they seem. Overall a really well done story.