Not now. Not yet. But perhaps someday. When all this is over, I will take her home. Let tomorrow bring what it brings. For now, this kiss will have to be enough.
On the first of four wartime Christmases Harry draws hope from life in Rosemarie’s little cabin in the floating islands of Amiens.
After two years at the mercy of the Canadian Expeditionary force and the German war machine, Harry had run out of metaphors for death, synonyms for brown, and images of darkness—until he met Rosemarie.
Rosemarie Legrand’s husband left her a tiny son, no money, and a savaged reputation when he died. She struggles to simply feed the boy and has little to offer a lonely soldier, but Harry’s devotion lifts her up. The war demands all her strength and resilience, will the hope of peace and the promise of Harry’s love keep her going?
The war demands all their strength and resilience, but Christmas after Christmas they hold one another up. Even when the years get harder their love holds steadfast. In the end, will it be enough?
“…it might be the very best book I’ve read all year. This isn’t just a Christmas romance, it is an EPIC love story. ” Flippin’ Pages Book Reviews
“This story is a believable affirmation that love is the root of true courage and the language seamlessly carries you away. It has everything I love in a novel.” Coffee Time Romance
“What a lovely story this is…The war is not displayed in its gross entirety but there are enough details to illuminate the hell Harry endures and make clear how much he cherishes his time with the woman and child he is coming to love as his own.” Dear Author
Christmas Hope manages a delicate balance between love story and war story…a well-written story with rich period detail and engaging characters to root for. A book to enjoy no matter the season.” Discovering Diamonds
Part 1, “Roses in Picardy,” (1916) first appeared in Never To Late: a Bluestocking Belles’ Collection and Part 4, “The Last Post,” (1919).first appeared in Follow Your Star Home: a Bluestocking Belles’ Collection, Both stories have been significantly rewritten and new material added for this single volume. Parts 2 (1917) and 3 (1918) are all new.