I came across a reference to this book by chance on Amazon, so hunted it out to read as it sounded very intriguing.
Roberta Montgomery, or Monty as she is known, has come to Bleakly Hall after the end of the War in 1918, to work there at the hydropathic facility as a nurse. But she has another reason for going there - she wants to speak to Captain Foxley. Monty worked as a nurse during the War and knows Ada, who works at the Hall as well. But Bleakly Hall is not doing as well as it had before the War, and Curran and Grier Blackwood, both of whom served in the War as well with Foxley are trying to recover its fortunes. With all these people living under the same roof, and the odd group of residents there to take the healing waters, what could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a lot really.
What seems to start out as a farce of post-War British life soon turns into a tale of War memories, horrors and memories that many of the residents of Bleakly Hall cannot get away from. This story says a lot about the British way of life as those who survived the War, and can't quite understand how, try to come to terms with the new world as it is. Their individual stories are told, and the climax of the story, as the reader senses it arriving, seems set to settle quite a few scores.
This is a wonderful book; sad, witty, a slice of life as it must have been. The story is overall about an achingly sad and horrifying time in human history, but the people are just as real as you would expect them to be. The writing is sharp and the story utterly engaging. Totally recommended.