Two people, two different lives, centuries apart - the Major and Anna. The novel weaves together their two lives through a series of letters. Coincidences burrow their way through the story - the innocent young boy afraid of his own shadow and the brutality of Anna's grandmother versus the cruel Battle of Waterloo. The movement of time and countries was easily worked into the novel - something not all authors can do. Not a fast paced novel but was a pleasure to read. The description of the summer season makes me long for a hot summer of our own.