OUT OF SPLINTERS AND ASHES by Colleen Donnelly / Historical Romance / Releasing Soon
She couldn’t love her enemy, because he did.
OUT OF SPLINTERS AND ASHES is a pre-World War II story of the disrupted love affair between a German romance author and a US runner in Hitler’s Olympics. She wrote for him and he carved for her until their world exploded, sending him back home to the US, separating them forever…except in her stories and the wood he carved, enough evidence to the families each went on to have that someone else lay in their backgrounds.
The hints, the indications, and the awareness of an absence that family members could sense brought out the worst in everyone, and eventually brought Dietrich from Berlin to the US to discover if the man in his grandmother’s novels was real.
Cate’s grandmother keeps an old mirror on her New York City bookstore’s wall that resembles one in a pre-World War II German woman’s love stories. Both mirrors have been burned, and both hold carved flowers on their frames. Her grandmother believes, but Cate sets out to disprove, that neither the mirror nor the stories mean a thing…and that Cate’s grandfather isn’t the man in the book who at one time carved flowers and attached them to a mirror for someone else.
Dietrich and Cate find themselves the generation called to resolve and experience what it is to love an enemy, but even more so, what it is to become the enemy of the one you love.
Grandma was impossible to stop. She charged around me, into the room, flipping on a light as she did.
“You can go now,” she barked at the soldier still holding the door. “This won’t take long.”
He nodded at Grandpa, then shut us in, us and the mirror.
I saw Amabile’s story all over again as Grandpa spotted the mirror, the deep down flicker I’d noticed before, but brighter now. Grandma and I disappeared as time took him backwards, his face transforming from old and haggard to young and alive—then to terrified, and lastly to nothing, except guilt. Grandma didn’t raise the mirror as I expected her to, and shake it in his face. She let it hang in front of her, between them, the charred frame and lone lily all he could see.
I stared at the trembling finger that stretched and touched the blackened wood, scars this man probably deserved exposed at the cuff of his sleeve.
“I believe this is yours.” Grandma’s voice was low. I’d never seen them this close together before, never seen them face each other. But I’d seen the mirror between them forever without knowing it was there.
Colleen L Donnelly is a US Midwestern author whose first published novel set her on a new course in life by making the Amazon number one bestseller list. Sticking close to historical fiction as her preferred genre, she has broadened her story base to include romance, western, and a little bit of mystery. When not writing, Colleen is outdoors, hiking through the woods, searching for rocks, or observing wildlife.
Colleen’s other books can be purchased through The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble.
Mine to Tell http://amzn.to/1PNJo4S
Asked For http://amzn.to/1TyflEu
Love on a Train http://amzn.to/1m9eYCx
The Lady’s Arrangement http://amzn.to/2qj7DE2
Out of Splinters and Ashes – Soon to be released
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