This is the second book in the series, and it is NOT a stand-alone. The Clifton Chronicles are, as you may have guessed, a series of books about generations of the Clifton family. This one spans the period of WWII and it was interesting to see it from both the European and American sides.
This book may be kind of sappy, (it's DEFINITELY sappy as compared to my normal reading), and all the characters are pretty much black or white, there are no grays here. That said, I found it to be great fun and I will be continuing on with the series