Published in the United States as Gifts of War

Written as Mackenzie Ford

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ISBN: 9780751541250
Published: 2008

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When English soldier Hal strikes up a conversation with German Lieutenant Wilhelm during the ceasefire in no-man’s-land on Christmas Day 1914, he has no idea the impact this chance meeting will have. Wilhelm is in love with an English woman, Sam, and presses a photograph into Hal’s hand – if he makes it home, Hal must promise to find Sam and give her this token of affection. Hal does make it home, though the war rages on – but the moment he sees Sam he is in trouble. With Wilhelm’s shadow looming over their relationship, and his photograph never revealed, Hal begins to live a life that was meant for someone else …

Reviews of The Kissing Gates

"Ford keeps the reader on a knife’s edge as the lies build and the truth is only a word or misstep away. Highly recommended."

Library Journal, starred review

"An absorbing, morally complex read."

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