Book Review: Andrew Miller’s Now We Shall Be Entirely Free is a well-researched piece of literary historical fiction that, sadly, just misses the mark

On a stormy night in 1809, Captain John Lacroix returns home from a disastrous campaign on the Continent. Shaken by the events he witnessed in a little Spanish village while his army retreated, he cannot bring himself to report back to his regiment when the call comes. Instead, he deserts, making his way to the Hebrides where he finds acceptance and hope in a curious little island commune. But the military want answers, setting a brutal English corporal and a Spanish cavalry officer on his tail, with sinister orders to make sure Captain Lacroix takes responsibility for the crimes committed by the men under his command.

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