From bestselling and eight-time Christy Award–winning author Lynn Austin comes a remarkable novel of sisterhood and self-discovery set against the backdrop of WWII.
1950. In the wake of the war, Audrey Clarkson leaves her manor house in England for a fresh start in America with her young son. As a widowed war bride, Audrey needs the support of her American in-laws, whom she has never met. But she arrives to find that her longtime friend Eve Dawson has been impersonating her for the past four years. Unraveling this deception will force Audrey and Eve’s secrets―and the complicated history of their friendship―to the surface.
1940. Eve and Audrey have been as different as two friends can be since the day they met at Wellingford Hall, where Eve’s mother served as a lady’s maid for Audrey’s mother. As young women, those differences become a polarizing force . . . until a greater threat―Nazi invasion―reunites them. With London facing relentless bombardment, Audrey and Eve join the fight as ambulance drivers, battling constant danger together. An American stationed in England brings dreams of a brighter future for Audrey, and the collapse of the class system gives Eve hope for a future with Audrey’s brother. But in the wake of devastating loss, both women must make life-altering decisions that will set in motion a web of lies and push them both to the breaking point long after the last bomb has fallen.
This sweeping story transports readers to one of the most challenging eras of history to explore the deep, abiding power of faith and friendship to overcome more than we ever thought possible.
Tamera Alexander wrote:
If I Were You is a page turning, nail biting, heart stopping gem of a story. Once again, Lynn Austin has done her homework. I loved traveling along on (Audrey and Eve's) journey with all its unexpected twists and turns, and sighed with satisfaction when I reached the final page. So good.
Liz Curtis Higgs
New York Times best selling author of Mine Is The Night
Susan Meissner wrote:
"I have long enjoyed Lynn Austin's novels, but If I Were You resonates above all others. Austin weaves the plot and characters together with sheer perfection and the ending--oh pure delight to a reader's heart"
Best selling author of With This Pledge and A Note Yet Unsung
"Lynn Austin is a master at exploring the depths of human relationships. Set against the backdrop of war and it's aftermath, If I Were You is a beautifully woven page turner"
Best selling author of Charmed Life and The Last Year Of The War