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The Metal Heart

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'A beautiful, heart-breaking tale of grief, love and the bond between sisters.'

A fictional novel set at the Italian prisoner-of-war camp on a remote Orkney island.

By Caroline Lea.

Hardback.

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Scotland, 1940.

On a remote island, a prisoner-of-war camp is raised to house 500 Italian soldiers sent to Orkney to wait out the war. Upon arrival, a freezing winter and a divided community greet them.

Where their neighbours see faceless enemies, orphaned sisters Dorothy and Constance see sick and wounded men unused to the icy cold, and volunteer to nurse them. But while Constance remains wary of the soldiers, Dot finds herself increasingly drawn to Cesare, a young man on the wrong side of the war, broken by the horrors of battle.

Cesare and the other soldiers spend their days building a barricade bewteen the islands. By night, they construct a reminder of their homeland - an exquisite Italian chapel, fashioned from Nissen huts and debris from the sea.

As tension between the islanders and outsiders grow, the lives of these three people are set on a collision course. Each is forced to weigh duty against desire... until, one fateful evening, a choice must be made, one that will have devastating consequences.

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