Restoration has now been published and can be found on Amazon as from a few days ago.
Throughout this novel epistolary narrative is used as a window to look at World War 11 from both sides, survival and relationships being the common denominator.
I began researching this story in early 2018, but it has taken so long to complete as Hubby became seriously ill at the beginning of 2019. He is now home after two operations and several stays in hospital throughout the year. I am his main carer, along with a district nurse who comes in every other day, but I finally finished the novel by working first thing in the morning. Presently, though, I feel I am taking one step forward then two steps back regarding its publication date as my first priority is my husband and the days are simply flying by. I am hoping it will be available towards the end of November, and I will keep you posted as to the date.
Here’s a summary:
Hauptmann Heinrich Beckmann leaves the Channel Islands in late October 1943 for the killing grounds of Normandy. He is captured in late August 1944 and sent to a POW camp in North Yorkshire. England. Heinrich soon becomes the connection between the prisoners and the British Camp Commandant, but his rank isolates him as he tries to fight off the memories of the past few years. It is not only the worry about his family, but the boredom, the frustration and the loneliness that constantly dog him. But the other constant in his life is the intense feelings he harbours for his British lover, Isabelle.
One day, Heinrich receives a bunch of letters that have followed him around. One informs him his estranged wife and eldest daughter are presumed dead after a bombing raid on Frankfurt. But in 1945, Heinrich receives his first letter from his lover, Izzy. Heinrich quickly writes back, but Izzy’s reply shakes him to the core. After the German surrender in May 1945, Heinrich receives another letter saying Izzy and her mother are leaving the Islands because of reprisals. His feelings and worries intensify, along with dealing with the guilt he and his country is made to feel after the discoveries at the concentration camps.
Not only does Heinrich try to restore relationships, but endeavours to regain some of his pride by becoming instrumental in restoring a new Germany.