This is similar to The Pilot’s Wife in that the marital relationship is strained. Only in the post-war 1940’s its worse, because there are so few opportunities for a wife to succeed on her own. Married to a man who doesn’t love her, Grace knows “she made her bed and has to sleep in it” but when her husband disappears while fighting a forest fire, Grace has the opportunity to learn how strong she is as she becomes the sole provider for her two children and her mother. The return of her husband who has been badly burned and is furious she has created her own life and friendships with other men, makes Grace’s life miserable. But like all good fairytales, Grace lives happily ever after in the end. This is a good beach book.