Exile Continues to Receive Rave Reviews

Five Star Review by Amazon Reader:

Accurate historical fiction at its FINEST!!!!!! I would have rated it higher if I could. One of the best books I have read in a long time, maybe ever! I am keenly interested in the history of this era and anything and everything as it relates to the WWII time period. I ALSO APPRECIATED the tasteful way that romance was handled. I wanted to learn history of an era and appreciate that lack of sexually explicit content!!!!! While the plot was tragic it was a page turner so to speak (as I read it on my Kindle) Ethnically I am from Eastern Europe. My Grandfather immigrated in the late 188o’s due to the conflicts in Central and Eastern Europe at that time. My young family and I spent an extended time in Vienna in the 1990’s. I found her book ‘Exile’ captivating and well written. I wish I could have read it before our 6 weeks in Vienna! The Plot and Characters kept me yearning for more. I have also purchased ‘the Last Waltz’ and look forward to writing a review on it as well. I hope there are more in this series of Historical Fiction from Central and Eastern Europe.

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G.G.’s Jottings

May, 2015

Work:

I am really enjoying writing the sequel to Exile and The Last Waltz—working title: Defiance. I am about half finished with it, and it is rolling right along. Rudi is fighting in the Battle of Britain as a pilot in the RAF while Hannah works for the WAAFs as a radar reader and reporter. Their romance has hit a snag, and while they remain passionate about one another, Hannah thinks she must marry fellow Jew—Samuel Weissman.

Andrzej and Amalia work as doctor and nurse for Guy’s Hospital in London and their younger son Christian is with MI5 seeking out Nazi sympathizers who are preparing for Hitler’s supposed invasion of Britain.

A new character, Nika, a Polish woman who escaped from the Blitzkrieg that leveled her country, lives with Amalia and Andrzej. A beautiful woman haunted by an unhappy marriage and the death of her family, she is a professor of Slavic languages and literature. Nika is the romantic interest of Anthony Fotheringill, whom readers of Exile will remember as Andrzej’s friend and the family’s host in London.

There are plotlines and romance aplenty, and I never have to worry about what I am going to write about when I get up in the morning. My cover designer is working on a great cover which I will reveal soon!

I have also been asked to write a 100 pp. Regency novella for the Timeless Romance Anthology series, published by Mirror Press. My deadline is January and it will appear next March.

Very excited about my audio book of Lord Grenville’s Choice being recorded by Joel Leslie. It will be available next month!

Family:

Henry has learned to somersault to his delight. It is so much fun watching this 22 mo. old learn to use and enjoy his body.

Peek a boo Henry!

Peek a boo Henry!

In the Bailey household, there is a new word: “Astridentals”—when 10 mo. old Astrid hurts herself or destroys something. She is apparently addicted to the potting soil in her mother’s palm. Natey has declared himself to be a sperm whale, Micah has passed kindergarten screening, and Jack has begun swim team. I think Buffy could learn a language during all the time she spends chauffeuring. We have the CDs for learning Welsh . . . now that would be handy.

Astrid modeling new outfit

Astrid modeling new outfit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An Astridental with the potting soil

An Astridental with the potting soil

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We are looking forward to our family vacation to San Diego next month! Then, during the whole month of July the Vandabaileys (Buffy’s fam) will be visiting! We are going to have an outstanding summer!

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May 6-May 8 this entertaining Regency romance is FREE on Amazon!

In the world of the Regency, Christian Elliott, Baron Shrewsbury has it all. Helene Whitcombe has nothing except a prickly slate of feminist principles and a job as a schoolteacher in Lord Shrewsbury’s Orphanage for Girls. Pride on both sides separates them, but that doesn’t stop the fierce attraction that builds between this unlikely pair. Can the penniless vicar’s daughter humble the haughty baron? Or will her uncomfortable principles and his high place in society prove to be insuperable barriers to love?

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Audio Book!

I have a contract with a narrator to produce an audio book of Lord Grenville’s Choice. It will be finished and up for sale on Amazon and ITunes on June 15! I am excited. Joel Leslie has the perfect British accent and does the voices extraordinarily well.

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G.G.’s Jottings

Happy Spring

April, 2015

Work:

Both my new releases, EXILE and LORD JOHN’S DILEMMA are faring well! I am inundating myself with research for my new sequel–DEFIANCE–which will hopefully be completed by years’ end. It will take place in England from the evacuation at Dunkirk and the Fall of France through the Battle of Britain and the Blitz. I am reading lots of Churchill, and growing very fond of him. Am also researching video interviews and first hand accounts. I am thoroughly submerged in this period of history.

Family:

I did emerge briefly for a wonderful week with family! The week before Easter through Easter Day my daughter, Buffy’s, family of four children was here, visiting us and our Utah family–Greg, Morgan, Jessi, and Henry. We had a great time. Papa (David) recorded the event in pictures, as usual!

Jack in the magic room of the Curiosity Museum

Jack in the magic room of the Curiosity Museum

 

Natey "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round"

Natey “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round”

Micah at the Curiosity Museum

Micah at the Curiosity Museum

Henry hiding

Henry hiding

Astrid with Dad, Allan

Astrid with Dad, Allan

 

We went to the Museum of Curiosity at Thanksgiving Point and played lots of Legos! My grandchildren are truly five of my greatest blessings. Their enthusiasm for life and their unconditional love revitalize me. Since Henry lives here in Provo, I go to visit him several times a week. Right now, is passion is TRUCKS.

Fun:

Our big vacation this year is planned for June when we will have a family trip to San Diego. This is our first trip as a family, so we are excited about it. David and I used to take weekends in San Diego when we were in the LA area going to Law School, many many years ago. It remains a favorite destination and we can’t wait to experience it with our growing family.

Easter:

The greatest blessing in my life continues to be the atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ. Not only did he give me the unmatched gift of Eternal Life, he also helps me every day to overcome my pains and obstacles through his Grace.

 

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Author G.G. Vandagriff brings readers what is possibly her best work yet in “Exile.” Vandagriff masterfully weaves a tale of conflicted romance into the pre-WWII era, bringing the terror, sadness and anger of Hitler’s reign out of history and into the hands of readers. Vandagriff does an excellent job balancing fact and fiction.“–Deseret News

“Exile is a strong and touching story which details not only many little known details of World War II, but share an intimate knowledge of European politics and social customs. The author did a superb job of melding together the various plot lines and intrigues leading to Austria’s takeover and the attempt by the Nazis to rule all of Europe.” —Meridian Magazine
“This novel was exceptional. It was historically accurate, yet entertaining and involving at the same time. I appreciated the author’s ability to weave correct historical events with the fictional characters. I was engaged throughout the novel and also learned some things I didn’t know before. The characters were well-developed and the storyline wasn’t frivolous in any regard. I am hoping there will be another novel about this family.”–5-Star Amazon Review
Synopsis: It is 1938, and Austria has just fallen to the Nazis. Amalia von Schoenenburg’s husband, Rudolf, has been murdered by the SS before her eyes. Fleeing to Switzerland with a vital message from Rudolf for Mr. Winston Churchill, she is accompanied by her two sons and Dr. Andrzej Zaleski, the man she loved heart and soul before the Great War. As this little band of exiles works to complete its vital mission, Amalia struggles with grief and guilt. She loved her husband and raised two children with him, but how can she deny the passion that has existed, hidden away–the passion of a lifetime? This is the stand alone sequel to The Last Waltz, critically acclaimed winner of the Whitney Award and international bestseller.
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March, 2015

 

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Release of new Regency romance!

Available for a limited time at promotional price of $2.99

Lord John 72

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When Lord John returns from the Battle of Waterloo nursing a serious wound and a case of melancholia, he is hopeful of beginning a happier phase in his life. His sights are set on the lovely Miss Lindsay, his country neighbor’s daughter. But to his mystification, he keeps getting distracted by her family’s governess—a little dab of a thing who is not at all what she seems.

His determination to solve the mystery of Miss Haverley begins to seriously undermine his interest in Miss Lindsay, who is certain he is about to offer for her. In the face of this, how can he pursue his interest in the family governess?  Not only must he solve this dilemma, but he must discover what the petite woman hiding. When Miss Haverley begs him to resist satisfying his curiosity because such a course could bring her harm, his dilemma doubles. He is more determined than ever to rescue her from whatever demons she is trying to escape, for Miss Haverley alone seems to have the power to stir him to passion and hope for a new life.

Family:

Astrid and Natie

Astrid and Natie

 

 

Micah: Clown Day at Pre School

Micah: Clown Day at Pre School

 

 

Jack=Dreamboat

Jack=Dreamboat

 

 

Henry learns to use a straw.

Henry learns to use a straw.

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We recently visited Zion National Park for the first time and had an unforgettable visit. Though the pictures are amazing, they don’t begin to do the majesty of this maze of canyons justice.

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