I ended my last blog post, Writing and Bleeding, by saying I was 'bleeding profusely' at my laptop. I have to admit, it wasn't quite as horrific as it sounded. In reality, I was researching and writing my latest novel and am now excited to share its title, cover and release details!
Here it is!
Waiting For Our Rainbow is a WW2 romance set in Cornwall and tells the story of Anne, a young Cornish woman, and Joe, an American soldier who has been sent to England to train for the largest amphibious military assault in history, more commonly known as D Day.
Would you give your heart away if you knew it could only end in goodbye?
It should have been a time of romance and excitement for Anne – but it’s 1941 and the war is raging. So instead, she spends her days repairing spitfire wings and reminding herself that the real sacrifice is going on far away from her Cornish village.
When the news breaks that America has entered the war, it brings cautious hope to Anne and her family. And eventually, as the Jeeps filled with GIs roll in, it seems their little community is to play a pivotal role in the next stage of the fight.
But the Americans don’t just bring Hollywood glamour and optimism, they also bring something more tantalising – so when Anne meets handsome Joe Mallory, she has to remind herself of exactly why he’s there; that any relationship between them could only end in goodbye.
But is the inevitability of ‘goodbye’ powerful enough to stop what has already begun to blossom?
The story was inspired by a childhood memory of an elderly gentleman. He recalled seeing American soldiers for the first time in Cornwall and it left him with a fond impression which lasted for the remainder of his life.
Between 1942 and 1944, many American soldiers arrived in Britain to prepare for D Day. The southcoast, including Cornwall with its many natural harbours and inlets, provided perfect embarkation points and training areas. Cornwall became the temporary home for thousands of American G.I.s. It was the perfect setting for romance to blossom between the young men and the daughters of their hosts. Yet, cultural differences would rear their heads, and the constant training and fear of the looming battle was ever-present. It was a time in our history when everyone had to learn they were stronger working together than holding on to what drove them apart.
Follow Joe and Anne's love story in Waiting For Our Rainbow, which is available to pre-order today.