The bright dawn of the twentieth century finds itself shadowed by the structure and values of the Victorian Age – especially for its women. Whatever their status in society, women still find themselves expected to conform to their well-defined role in life as a mother and wife.
But the year is 1914, and the onset of the Great War brings with it not only horror but opportunity, as the stolen lives of a whole generation of young men slowly erode the man-made barriers to equality and fulfilment.
For the Bannister girls, daughters of a wealthy and respected family, this change could not come soon enough. The three sisters could not be less alike, but all share a desire for something more than their pre-ordained lots in life. Headstrong, passionate Ellen finds her home in the suffragette movement, but struggles to balance her activism with her desire to fall in love. Sensible, reserved Louise has her life upturned by a terrible tragedy, but discovers her true self amongst the ruins of her past.
And as for Angel, the youngest and most indulged of the Bannister girls, war brings with it challenges that will strip her of her innocence, harden her character, and lead her to a love that will alter the course of her life.
The Bannister Girls is a poignant tale of desire, loss, and fervent love in a war-strung country, set within a vital age of progress, change, and upheaval.