As you have probably known or recently discovered, June 28 2014 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the Assassination of Archduke Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Because of entangling alliances and many more factors, this event signaled the beginning of what was known at the time as the Great War or The War to End All Wars.
I have mentioned that I am a history nerd. The particular focus of my nerdiness is the period of history from 1914-1945. I have referred many times on this blog to The Last Waltz: A Novel of Love and War, my Whitney Award-winning novel that covers the first part of this time: 1913-1938. Here is what one of my readers, multi-award-winning historical novelist and USA Bestselling Author of The Heart of the Ocean, Heather Moore, says about the book:
“It’s 1913 and the world is teetering on the brink of World War I. In the critically-acclaimed novel, The Last Waltz, award-winning author GG Vandagriff gives us an amazing glimpse into the volatile politics of Austria during the 1914-1938 era that eventually brings the Austrian people under Hitler’s rule. The Last Waltz is a beautiful story of love, but even more fascinating is learning about the Austrians and their role in the First World War, a century ago.. From the glittering aristocratic society rises a people who plunge whole-heartedly into preserving their country and their heritage, as a grand nation struggles to emerge from the depths of war.”
Don’t get us wrong. It is a grand romance, but it is something more–a story that has never been told in English language fiction. You can
read a lot more about it here.
Amalia Eugenia Faulhaber: Viennese beauty who develops from a nineteen-year-old debutante into a woman who would be remarkable in any age. Born into the middle class, she is nevertheless the great granddaughter of a count and the beloved niece of a socialist. The men in her life are:
Eberhard von Waldburg: Prussian Lieutenant in the Great War whose life is conflicted by the desires of a military father and a gentle, musical mother.
Andrzej Zaleski: Dashing aristocratic Polish doctor, beloved by Viennese Society and devoted to the cause of Polish liberty.
Rudolf von Schoenenburg: Austrian baron, colonel in the Great War, philanthropist, and great friend of Amalia’s Socialist Uncle, tormented by scenes from his childhood.
“The Last Waltz is a book to savor. It educates; it is filled with action; the tender love story is mirrored in the political conflicts of the day, it is filled with points to ponder, and it entertains.”–Meridian Magazine.
“Once I started reading this novel, I could not put it down. The author took me right into Vienna before World War I and kept me enthralled with the personality and character of Amalia. Each of the men whom she loved were men of good character, as well. It was interesting to me to see the wars from the viewpoint of the Austrians, and to see the steps they took to remain out of the clutches of Hitler and the Germans. If you’re interested in history and want to read a novel with people of good character, then this one is for you.”–Five Star Review Amazon
“These characters were really brought to life by this writer. I could envision every scene, every city; I could feel every emotion of this woman., as well as the 3 men in her life. The twists and turns of the story kept the reader so engrossed that it was hard to put it down and turn out the light for sleep. I was grinning, I was tearing up, I was holding my breath throughout the entire novel. It is NOT just another romantic story. It is historical and geographical as well. My only complaint, and it’s a big one… WHERE IS THE SEQUEL! Is this writer seriously going to just leave it as it ended??!”–Five Star Review amazon
To answer the last reader: I am finally writing the first sequel!