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Betrayal

My latest book in The Guernsey Novels series, ‘The Betrayal’, is dual-time, with chapters set during the war years and the present day. The events I describe during the Occupation are based on fact, but the characters are fictional.

The story starts with Leo Bichard, a prominent businessman whose French grandmother was a Jew, although both his parents were Christians. His family have never mentioned their ancestry but, unfortunately for Leo, someone tells the Germans, and he is deported with other Jews to concentration camps and does not return.

This actually happened to the few Jews in Guernsey and is considered a shameful blot on the island’s history.

The local government was unable to resist the demands of the German invaders in this instance, and my story was inspired by this event. Oh, and another inspiration was Renoir. He spent the summer of 1883 in Guernsey painting numerous versions of a particular bay, Muelin Huet, amongst others.

At least one of these paintings is in a museum.

Leo sends his beloved wife and child to England a matter of days before the Germans arrive and he stays to defend his property and stand alongside his fellow islanders. However, the Germans soon impose severe restrictions on the population and Leo is forced to close his business and his house is taken over by soldiers.

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When Teresa, his wife, returns after the war, she finds her home wrecked and the family’s valuables, including an extensive art collection, missing. One of the paintings was by Renoir. She returns, heartbroken, to live with her family in England.

In 2010 Nigel and his twin Fiona, locals who have lived in London since university, return to Guernsey and buy a long-established antique shop. A year later, during a refit, they find a hidden stash of paintings, including what appears to be a Renoir. Days later, Fiona finds Nigel dead, an apparent suicide. Refusing to accept the verdict, a distraught Fiona employs a detective to help her discover the truth.

Searching for the true owner of the painting brings Fiona close to someone who helps to heal her broken heart. But there are important questions to answer before she can lay her brother's ghost to rest —

Who betrayed Leo? Who knew about the stolen Renoir? And are they prepared to kill – again?

The kindle book is open for pre-order NOW and is published on Friday 20th October. The launch price is £1.99 and will increase to £2.99 from 22nd October. All the previous titles are on a promotion at 99p from 18th -22nd October. Bargains!
The Betrayal – http://myBook.to/TheBetrayal

Meet The Author...
Anne Allen
Who Am I?

Anne's a late-comer to writing, having only started in her, ahem, middle years, (assuming everyone will live to 100 from now on, yes?). She often had the 'itch' to write but was focussed on her career as a psychotherapist and bringing up three children on her own.

Then some years ago she was a reluctant entrant (pushed by her mother!) into a writing competition run by Prima magazine.

They wanted a True- Life story and she won the first prize of £500 ☺ Deciding that writing wasn't such a bad idea, she wrote her first novel, Dangerous Waters, a romantic mystery and eventually published it in 2012.

Now retired as a therapist, she has devoted more time to writing and is the author of The Guernsey Novels.

A restless soul, she's moved around quite a bit, as far south to Guernsey and then Spain, learning that the sea is part of her soul. She now lives in Devon to be near her daughter and grandchildren.

Happiest in warmer climes, her ideal would be to spend part of the English winter somewhere warm, possibly Spain, to recharge body and soul. So, if and when she writes that bestseller…!

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