Gifts of War
Author: Mackenzie Ford
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
Price: $32 (Hardcover)

A battlefield pact breaks down in the historic fiction debut of London historian Mackenzie Ford, Gifts of War. Amid the 1914 Christmas truce during the First World War, enemies unite over a promise in the name of love. Wilhelm Wetzlar, fighting for the Germans, gives a photograph of his English fiancée Samantha to British soldier Hal Montgomery, hoping Montgomery will send word that he’s alive. After he’s discharged for injury, Montgomery pursues Sam but falls for her before he can share the news. Hiding his secret, Montgomery helps to hide the secret of Sam’s newborn son’s German descent by acting as the boy’s father, in order to get to Sam.