Not up to the higher standard she set for herself in The Poellenberg Inheritance, shorter on story per se, this is still a more than readable women's romantic entertainment and the tone is established by Louise de Bernard, a very elegant widow in Paris. She is asked to testify for one Heinz Minden now facing trial for World War II crimes -- he had been billeted with Louise and her husband who proved to be a coward and collaborator. But had it not been for an American called Savage (who had lost his wife and children at Auschwitz -- strange as it sounds) Louise would have lost her two youngsters since Savage almost gives his life to save them, promising to return, although it takes him an unconscionably long time (unexplained) to do so at the end. . . . Heartstrings and lifelines -- just about one and the same thing for one and the same constant readership.