Grace Dannings has lived her entire young life in the safe and idyllic Dartmoor village of Walkhampton, working as a maid at a farm within sight of her own humble family home. Her only wish is that nothing will ever change in her contented, happy existence. But it is May 1914 and the village is alive with talk of the situation in Europe. When war breaks out, its ugly tentacles reach everyone in the village, leaving no one untouched among Grace's family, neighbours and friends. Grace sees it as her duty to step into the breach wherever she is needed, beginning with the wheelwrights' at the heart of the village. Grappling with her own anguish and loss, she later discovers supreme fulfilment in a new vocation, but at what personal cost? A poignant, sensitive and intensely moving account of one village's war, and the endurance of those who waited at home for news of their loved ones.
Tania Crosse was born in London but at a very young age moved to Surrey where her love of the countryside took root. She did not have time to indulge her lifetime passion for writing stories until her family had grown up. Side by side with her meticulous historical research and love of Dartmoor, she began penning her novels set in the area from Victorian times to the 1950s, all based closely on local history. Wheels of Grace is her ninth published novel.