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by Jacqueline Winspear
Motherless at 14, young maid Maisie is discovered reading in the library of her employer, progressive aristocrat Lady Rowan, who sets her up with a tutor and mentor. Maisie’s studies are interrupted when she enlists as a Red Cross nurse in World War II and falls in love with an army medic, but an exploding shell destroys their future together. Post-war, Maisie opens a detective agency specializing in locating missing persons and her first case leads her to the Retreat, a purported haven for disfigured soldiers where sinister events may be occurring. First in a series.