Goodreads asked Mary Chamberlain:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Mary Chamberlain I had two aunts - one was a nun who was in France when the Germans occupied, was taken prisoner, and set to work as a nurse. The other aunt ran away and was never spoken of again - it was considered a huge disgrace. But I was intrigued by both stories - and conflated them into one. The saintly aunt, and the sinning aunt, in the character of Ada Vaughan!

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