The Girl Under the Flag
Monique would do anything to live.
Running for her life from the Nazis, Monique, a seventeen-year-old Jewish girl, escapes through the streets of Paris, searching for a place to hide.
In a dark basement deep within the city, Philip, a man of the Resistance, offers her a deal in order to save her life by changing her identity. In return, she needs to provide information about the Germans by becoming acquainted with them.
Torn between her feelings for Philip and her fear of Herr Ernest, a German officer who shows special interest in her, Monique steps deeper and deeper into the jaws of the Nazi beast. But with every day that passes, she knows that it is only a matter of time before she makes a mistake and becomes discovered by the Germans – the price for that being her life.
Through her own eyes, Monique tells of her efforts to survive within occupied Paris, torn between the cafés bustling with people and the poor citizens endlessly waiting in lines, food-ration stubs in hand. But above all, this is a story about a girl who has to fight for her freedom during those dark and dreadful days, fervently refusing to give up, while the German soldiers march through the streets of Paris, stomping the ground with their hobnailed boots.
The Wounded Nurse
Italy 1944, Grace, a military nurse, is injured in a German plane attack and loses her leg. For her, the war is over.
Lying in a military hospital south of Rome, Grace decides to escape the convoy back home. She wants to recover, become a nurse once again and tend to other wounded soldiers.
John, who was blinded from his injury, lies in bed next to her and at night Grace begins to read him letters from the woman awaiting him back home. He’s the only one who doesn’t see her disability.
But, as Grace becomes more attached to John, she realizes that he will never love her and that maybe she should date Henry, a bomber pilot from the nearby airfield who is courting her, making her forget about her love for John.
Who will Grace finally choose? Will she succeed in being a nurse once again despite her injury? And will John fall in love with her eventually?
Through her own eyes, Grace tells the story of a young woman who struggles to recover and find love in the chaos of World War II.
Until I Hold You Again
Where has my husband gone?
Kyiv, Ukraine 2021, Anuchka, a young Ukrainian student, finds an old photo of a woman standing beside a motorcycle, but her grandmother refuses to tell her who that woman is.
Italy 1940, Francesca, a young Italian woman who opposes the fascists, meets a handsome man and marries him, but a few months later, he is drafted into the Italian army, fighting alongside the Germans. Two years later, he’s sent to Russia to the Battle of Stalingrad.
Step by step, Anuchka tries to find out who is the woman in the photo and what secret her grandmother is hiding.
Step by step, Francesca tries to find out where her husband is and what happened to him in the war.
Between past and present, a story of love and dedication unravels. A story of a young Italian woman who stands alone facing World War II’s chaos, ready to go to the end of the world to find the man she loves. But is her love enough? Will she be able to retrieve her husband, or will she be forced to give up?
The Last Portrait of Wally
A Pre WW1 Novel
Even the poorest girl dreams of being remembered.
A novel inspired by true events.
Vienna, 1910: Wally, an impoverished 16-year-old, is banished from her home, and starts searching for a place to stay in the city – a hub of innovative ideas, conservatism and poverty. These are the rising days of Freud’s theories, emerging alongside new artists. But on the other hand, Austro-Hungarian Imperial luxury carriages are still running in the streets, carrying princesses on their way to social dances, ignoring the poor immigrants huddling in small apartments who hope for a better future.
Wally will soon start working as a model for famous painter Gustav Klimt. She tries to make her way into high society, but after a short time he passes her on to a young and unknown painter, Egon Schiele, who has innovative ideas and provocative paintings.
While trying to find a place to stay and survive, Wally agrees to be Egon Schiele’s model and lover, letting him paint her as he wants. Month by month, she stays by his side as conservative Viennese society turns against his paintings and lifestyle.
However, as time passes, she begins to understand that her loyalty to Egon Schiele may not be enough in the face of the class struggle, and that she will never be one of them.
Through her own eyes, Wally tells of the efforts of a young woman to climb the social ladder, full of hope that even if she is one day forgotten, her painted portraits will last forever.