When the World Fell Silent

By Donna Jones Alward

A beautiful, meticulously researched story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.’ USA Today and Globe & Mail bestselling author, Genevieve Graham

A story of loss, hope and redemption against impossible odds…

1917. Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Nora Crowell wants more than her sister’s life as a wife and mother. As WWI rages across the Atlantic, she becomes a lieutenant in the Canadian Army Nursing Corps. But trouble is looming and it won’t be long before the truth comes to light.

Having lost her beloved husband in the trenches and with no-one else to turn to, Charlotte Campbell now lives with his haughty relations who treat her like the help. It is baby Aileen, the joy and light of her life, who spurs her to dream of a better life.

When tragedy strikes in Halifax Harbour, nothing for these two women will ever be the same again. Their paths will cross in the most unexpected way, trailing both heartbreak and joy its wake…

Praise for Donna Jones Alward:

A triumphant, unforgettable tale of sacrifice, hope, and second chances … with a twist that will have readers holding their breath to the very end’ Renee Ryan, author of The Secret Society of Salzburg

‘A winning and memorable tale that boasts a perfectly-judged grasp of historical detail, wonderfully nuanced characters, and a narrative arc that never faltersUSA Today bestselling author, Jennifer Robson

‘A rare novel that is both heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Prepare to fall in love with Alward’s beautifully cast characters‘ Soraya M. Lane, bestselling author of The London Girls

‘Meticulously researched and full of atmospheric period details that will take your breath away‘ Julianne MacLean, bestselling author of These Tangled Vines

‘Alward handles the aftermath of a Canadian tragedy with sensitivity, skill, brilliant writing and a truly fascinating, true-to-life cast of characters.’ Lecia Cornwall, author of That Summer in Berlin

Format: Paperback
Release Date: 01 Aug 2024
Pages: 384
ISBN: 978-0-00-864705-6
Since 2006, New York Times bestseller Donna Jones Alward has enchanted readers with stories of happy endings and homecomings that have won several awards and been translated into over a dozen languages. She’s worked as an administrative assistant, teaching assistant, in retail and as a stay-at-home-mom, but always knew her degree in English Literature would pay off, as she is now happy to be a full-time writer, blending her love of history with characters who step beyond their biggest fears to claim the lives they desire.Donna currently lives in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband. You can often find her near the water, either kayaking on the lake or walking the sandy beaches to refill her creative well.Website: www.donnajonesalward.comFB: www.facebook.com/DonnaAlwardAuthorInstagram: @donnaalward

”'A stunning historical fiction debut you don’t want to miss. A fascinating tale of resilience!” - Eliza Knight, USA Today and international bestselling author of Starring Adele Astaire

‘An enchanting story of love in all its forms, lost and found in the shattered remains of the city.' Bryn Turnbull, author of The Paris Deception -

'Beautifully written…you won’t be able to put this book down until the very last page!' -

'After great tragedy comes grief, then hope, then new life. Alward takes readers through every stage, and each one fascinates.' -

'Utterly riveting…this story will stay with you long after the last page is turned.' -