The story is set in London during the First World War. Hannah is a married mother of two, living with her sister and brother in law while her husband is away fighting for his country. She gets a job in a cafe where she meets, gradually gets to know and then falls in love with widower Daniel.
I enjoy novels set during the First and Second World Wars, particularly when we find out how people coped in England during these difficult times. Before The Fall certainly gets that across. This is described as a love story and I was half expecting a light hearted romance, thankfully this wasn't the case. It is based on a true story and is a tough, dark tale with an ending I never saw coming.