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A Fine Woman by [Richards, David George]
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Length: 106 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A Fine Woman is a romance story set in wartime France with a German Countess called Helga as the lead character. It includes elements of the Holocaust, the French Resistance, the invasion of Southern France, and the internment of Jewish people in Cyprus who were trying to reach Palestine after the war. The story is told in flashback by an American soldier who is searching for Helga and thinks he has found her in a convent in Antibes. He's in love with her. But does she love him? And will he find her? With a multitude of different English, French, German, and American characters I have tried to make them all distinctly different, and hopefully, believable. You will have to let me know if I got them right!

I wanted to write a Sleepless in Seattle style of story with a difference, and I knew when I started A Fine Woman that I would have to get the feel right. The result is that the general background about the American invasion of Southern France and the British Mandate over Palestine and Israel are all based on real history. And although the failed assassination attempt on Hitler is well documented, the invasion of Southern France is often overlooked by movie moguls. Equally important as Operation Overload in Normandy only two months earlier, it was codenamed Operation Dragoon, and was an equally fraught sea-borne landing undertaken by the US Seventh Army. The British internment camps in Cyprus for Jews intercepted while attempting to reach Palestine are also little remembered today.

A Fine Woman was originally published as an Amazon Short in three parts. I have updated the new Kindle version slightly, mainly as a result of reviews and suggestions I received for the Amazon Shorts version. So I do try and take on board any suggestions.

I am very pleased with the result and I think the flashback style as Captain Taylor searches for Helga works well. But having said that, I don't think there is actually a railway line that connects Antibes with Juan-les-Pins, Mougins, Vallauris and Grasse! Or even if there is a Convent in Antibes. But in the 1940s you never know! And finally, A Fine Woman is purely a work of fiction and nothing more, so although some concentration camps did exist in Germany during the war, the camp near Helga's estate is also fictitious, and no connection to any particular camp is intended or implied.

About the Author

I was born in Manchester in the North West of England in 1957. Although I have moved around a bit, Manchester is still both my physical and spiritual home. I am a Northerner. I am also married to Rosanna, and have been now for twenty-one years. I have an imagination that began when I was very young and never waned. I also like reading and so it was no surprise I suppose when I started writing. Because I am an unknown who has never been picked up by either an Agent or mainstream Publisher, I am a bit of a one man band. I even do my own covers and have become a bit of a digital artist as a result. I started writing when I was young and very bad. Now I am older and a lot better. My writing has improved too. I write science fiction, fantasy and romance stories. I also like to mix and match with romance in science fiction and so on. Female characters feature very prominently in my stories, many of them in strong and attractive leading roles. The reason for this is that I like women, a lot. In fact I adore everything about them, so it is no surprise that I enjoy reading stories where women feature prominently and that I should also enjoy writing stories where women feature prominently. It gives my stories a female bias, but I think they are better for it. I also like every character, even the monsters and villains, to have a realistic reason for being and doing what they do. Like reality, everything blurs. There is no right or wrong, just different viewpoints that lead to conflict. But I also like my out and out villains to be really bad. If you like science fiction, thrillers and romance stories with particular emphasis on leading female characters that are exciting and adventurous, look no further. You can also visit my website at booksandstories.com.

Product details

  • File Size: 318 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Publisher: Booksandstories.com (February 15, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 15, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0038M340U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,091 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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