Whispers in Purple is thrilled to welcome author Gail Kittleson with some fascinating background information on her February release With Each New Dawn, a World War II historical women's fiction offering.
“Sometimes you have to stop thinking so much and just go where your heart takes you.”
This unknown author quoted on my morning teabag certainly nailed it for those times when all our cerebral activities—worrying, planning, considering all that could go wrong, and then looking back after the fact to analyze—fail to work.
The thing is, it takes so long to figure out their ineffectiveness, sometimes a lifetime. But war has a way of speeding up this process. Maybe that’s because life-and-death situations pass before our eyes, and if we survive, we realize that what really matters is relationships and moments.
Relationships—loved ones back home, new friendships forged in the fury of conflict, and of course, the enemy. We don’t often think of having a relationship with the enemy, but considering the amount of time and energy devoted to destroying them, I’d say we do. In a backhanded way, that is.
Moments—every single one of them are significant. If you’re immersed into scanning every corner for a Fedora-topped Gestapo agent, the importance of each second cannot be over-emphasized.
With Each New Dawn has been through the mill! Writing this historical women’s fiction, the sequel to In Times Like These, has taken years, required a LOT of research, some drastic revisions, and sooooo much editing. But oh my—I have learned so much, and really LOVE this story!
It used to be titled A Purpose True, which is what the heroine, Kate, seeks. But With Each New Dawn fits her wild story perfectly—the kind of saga she must take only one day at a time, even though she’s an adventurous, inquisitive sort.
If only she could learn more about her parents, who died when she was young. Not likely, since she’s in London during the Blitzkrieg…but that not likely becomes unexpected reality when she meets a mysterious Frenchman who says she’s the spitting image of her mother, whom he met in the Great War. He produces photos to prove his claim, and for the first time, she glimpses her father, who served as an Allied spy.
Kate thought she had plenty on her plate, grieving her Royal Air Force pilot husband’s death and facing motherhood alone. But little did she know that war hadn’t finished turning her world upside down. Her story will pull readers into the dangers of wartime London, and even further, into the suffering of simple French peasants.
During such trials, we ask interminable questions. But we can also grow and deepen in our faith. Come along with Kate into an era of uncertainties and great peril, the era of our parents and grandparents, the Greatest Generation.
About the book:
American Kate Isaac grieves her husband, awaits their child’s birth, and welcomes her best friend Addie to war-torn London. But after her miscarriage, a meeting with mysterious Monsieur le Blanc launches her into Britain’s Secret Operations Executive (SOE). In late 1943, Kate parachutes into Southern France to aid the Resistance.
Domingo, a grieving Basque mountain guide-turned-saboteur, meets her parachute drop, tends her injured ankle, and carries her to safety. Reunited a few months later, they discover the injured Monsieur le Blanc who, with his dying breath, reveals his familial connection to Kate.
In the shadow of Waffen SS atrocities, Domingo and Kate find his younger brother Gabirel missing. While Domingo seeks Gabirel, Domingo’s parish priest, Père Gaspard, creates a new identity for Kate.
Their connection remains as they go their separate ways. Of course, neither of them knows how deeply grief runs in the other, for neither realizes the great losses they have sustained. All they know is that this is their moment to make a difference, to contribute to the Allied victory and usher peace back into this beautiful countryside.
United once again, Kate and Domingo subject their mutual attraction to the cause. But can mere human will and moral courage change the war’s tide and forge a future for them?
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Gail Kittleson taught college expository writing and English as a Second Language before writing women’s fiction—it took a loooong time to believe she could do this. She facilitates writing workshops and women’s retreats from northern Iowa, where she and her husband enjoy their grandchildren and gardening. In winter, the Arizona mountains provide new novel fodder, and she’s a proud member of Christian Writers of the West (CWOW)