It is the closing months of World War 1 and Lady Serena Buxton is on her own. Her home, Buxton Hall, is now a hospital. With her husband Randolph fighting at the front, the quartermaster, doctor and matron become her allies. Her household staff rally round her, all except the housekeeper who seems more and more detached. What is her problem? The human problems on the home front escalate and then Randolph is reported missing in action. Fighting her own emotions while she solves one issue after another, Serena is barely holding her own. And then Randolph comes home. She married for love. But the man who returns to her is not the man she married. How will she survive this devastating event? And will her love be strong enough to hold everything she holds dear together?
About the author
Being born in Bristol, England, Victoria Chatham grew up in an area rife with the elegance of Regency architecture. This, along with the novels of Georgette Heyer, engendered in her an abiding interest in the period with its style and manners and is one where she feels most at home.
Apart from her writing, Victoria is an avid reader of anything that catches her interest, but especially Regency romance. She also teaches introductory creative writing. Her love of horses gets her away from her computer to volunteer at Spruce Meadows, a world class equestrian centre near Calgary, Alberta, where she currently lives.
Back from the great war, injured and lost, the hero has no idea where he is or who he is. This story is a sequel, but it can be picked up and read without much need for the backstory--although it will make you want to check out the others! The Great House setting will recall the popular TV series, as the newlywed lady of the manor finds her home commandeered for a hospital. Shell Shocked is a touching love story as well as a correct period piece and a quick and enjoyable read.