A vivid tale of romance, adventure, and intrigue, Mackenzie Ford’s Gifts of War is a remarkable novel that explores what made War World I so tragic and revolutionary.
During the Christmas Truce of 1914, Hal Montgomery makes a pact with a German soldier that will change his life—he promises to find his enemy’s English girlfriend, Sam, and let her know her fiancé is alive. But things take an unexpected turn when Hal falls in love with Sam himself. As their romance blossoms, she shares her most private confidence: Her newborn son is of German lineage, information that threatens her reputation and her job as a schoolteacher. Fearful that he will lose Sam, Hal holds tight to the secret that brought them together. But fashioning a family life proves precarious when it is founded on a lie.
“The best war stories are often love stories, and Mackenzie Ford has come up with a doozy…. An absorbing, morally complex read.”
“Superb…. A spy thriller-within-a-literary novel…. The war scenes, the love angle, the Switzerland undercover operation and the English war intelligence operation in London take turns capturing reader interest.”
—San Antonio Express-News
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