Updated: Aug 31
Publication of the Hope, book three of All the Silences, will be delayed by a few weeks. I am passionate about writing it, my computer is less enthusiastic. After a couple of crashes, I bought a new tower and a screen. Believe or not but the new, out-of-the-box screen was defective! As of yesterday everything is back in order and I have vowed not leave my chair until the novel is finished. Well, maybe I’ll take time to eat and sleep so I can give you my best writing.
As a reward for your patience, I attach a copy of the cover. The scene is peaceful because The Hope finishes with the liberation of Paris. Although the Germans have left Paris, and most of France, the war is not over, but the hope is strong that now it won’t be long before peace.
In The Hope, we see how the Nazi repression increases and in response, how the Résistance grows. The government in Vichy loses any semblance of control when German troops invade the free zone. The clandestine movement of food from the south to the occupied zone dries up as farmers, already under tight quotas, can no longer supply the demand, especially when in early 1943 the maquis come into existence.
The de Montregard’s family has to adapt to dwindling supplies, and famine rears its ugly head. Ingenuity is stretched to the limit. They will celebrate the return to normal, the new lives, and mourn their losses.