In addition to my Regency series, I also write historical novels set during the 20th century. Epic history makes for epic love stories. The world-changing history of World Wars I and II is what I studied at Stanford and then at George Washington University for my master’s degree. It is the history that forged what we know as the 21st century. We cannot afford to get out of touch with it, for it holds key lessons and insights that are important to understand.
And, as I said, it makes for epic romance. In The Last Waltz you will meet Amalia Faulhaber, a woman of such complexity and strength that she attracts the devotion and love of three different men. Their relationships play out against the backdrop of World War One and its aftermath. It is a tragic time, but Amalia is a survivor. Indeed, she taught me much about overcoming darkness and reaching for the light. This book won the Whitney Award for Best Historical Novel.
In Exile, Amalia and her two grown sons escape from Nazi Austria to England, accompanied by her first love. This novel is set against the pre-World War II era when Winston Churchill is sounding the alarm about the evils of Hitler to a world who doesn’t want to listen. Amalia seconds that alarm with her own personal experiences, as she and her sons strive to aid Churchill’s cause. But, the romance! Ah, the romance . . . I won’t spoil it for you, but it is indeed a great love story.
Defiance (due out in July, 2015) is the tale of Amalia’s oldest son, Rudi, and the love of his life, Hannah. They are both in the Royal Air Force. The Battle of Britain is their refining fire, teaching them many different things, but mostly about the strength of their feelings for one another. There is also another romance brewing . . .
Whatever chaos the world brews, it is love that makes the world go round. I invite you, my loyal readers, to give these books a try!