Lives Apart: A World War II Chronicle

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Lives Apart: A World War II Chronicle is inspired by the story of Rifleman Ted Taylor and his fiancee Brenda Burge.

The first book of Lives Apart: A World War II Chronicle, is called Separation and will be available to buy on 8th June 2015 by GWL Publishing.

 

While the Germans overrun Europe and threaten to invade Britain in the early months of the war the lives of several individuals and their families are changed forever.

Joe Price: A young soldier, newly called up and recently engaged, should be safe in Suffolk, but instead finds himself in France, fighting the Germans in the Battle for Calais.

Peggy Cooper: Joe’s fiancée and trainee nurse, faces the horrors of treating wounded men, returning from fighting in France, believing Joe is still safe in England.

Louis Servier: A young French soldier, initially keen to ‘do his bit’ but soon terrifyingly out of his depth and running scared.

Brigitte Fabron: Louis’ girlfriend, who he assumes will be waiting for him, but who has, in fact turned her attention to the occupying Germans.

Marcel Servier: Louis’ younger brother, sent away by his parents who fear for his safety, treks to the coast in the hope of safe passage to England. En route, he meets many new friends, some of whom have even more reason than him to fear for their lives.

Olive Cooper: Peggy’s cousin, working for the local council. Her only interest in life is her German lover, now forced to return to his homeland. Their letters keep them together and Olive delights in giving him all the news and gossip.

How will they face tragedy and uncertainty, not knowing what the future will bring and will they survive the heartbreak of Separation?

This is the first of a five part chronicle, telling the story of several individuals and their families through the Second World War.

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Vol 2

Change 

available 28 August 2015 

After the French surrender and the evacuation from Dunkirk, as the war progresses into the summer and winter of 1940, ‘Change’ continues the stories of several individuals and their families:

Joe Price: Captured by the Germans, Joe faces the hardships of a Prisoner of War camp, where he meets new friends but worries about those he’s left behind.

Peggy Cooper: Uncertain as to Joe’s whereabouts, Peggy continues to nurse the wounded, while befriending a student doctor, Chris.

Louis Servier: Having escaped the Germans and returned home, Louis is desperate to thwart the Germans and risks everything in his pursuit of revenge.

Brigitte Fabron: Torn between her love for Louis and her desire for the powerful German, Rolf Keller, Brigitte makes her choice and lives to regret it.

Marcel Servier: From training in England to fighting in North Africa, Marcel’s world is turned upside down, not by the war, but by the arrival of a simple letter.

Olive Cooper: Facing blackmail and ruin, Olive takes drastic action and thinks she’s overcome her worst foes, only to find a worse fate awaits her.

Pamela Lloyd-Smythe: Bored with her mundane roles in the war effort, Pam takes a chance and finds not only an exciting and dangerous position, but also love.

Having coped with the initial hardships of separation, the war now brings change – sometimes for the better, as new friendships are formed and loves established; and sometimes for the worse, as risks are taken and lives endangered.

This is the second of a five part chronicle, telling the story of several individuals and their families through the Second World War.

 

 

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Was previously published under the title The Cat & The Nightingale Saga which was written as a docu drama and based closely on the diaries of my in-laws.  This has been withdrawn as I have completely revised, rewritten and fictionalized it with lots of new material, including adult content. Although inspired by my in laws’ story the characters are now totally fiction.