Monday, November 16, 2009

"Look to the East" with Maureen Lang in Bookland Heights

Look to the East:
At the dawn of the First World War, the French village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. When the German army sweeps in to occupy the town, families on both sides of the feud are forced to work together to protect stragglers caught behind enemy lines.

Julitte Toussaint may have been adopted from a faraway island, but she feels the scorn of the de Colvilles as much as anyone born a Toussaint. So when she falls in love with one of the stragglers—a wealthy and handsome Belgian entrepreneur—she knows she’s playing with fire. Charles Lassone hides in the cellar of the Briecourt church, safe from the Germans for the moment. But if he’s discovered, it will bring danger to the entire village and could cost Charles his life.
Review: "This is an intriguing historical tale with a romantic subplot enhancing the deep look at life during an occupation. Julitte is terrific as the lead protagonist who holds the insightful story line together as her love with Charles is pure and in stark contrast to a village filled with the seven deadly sins. Readers will enjoy this cautionary tale that resonates today at a time when outright lies by leaders are acceptable because the mean no longer matters if the end is achieved." --
Harriet Klausner
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A chat with the author, Maureen Lang:

BH: What or who most influenced your writing?

ML:I’ve been writing since I was ten so I’ve had many influences over the years. Perhaps the very first to make an impact were the authors who wrote the Nancy Drew series—and many influences since!

BH: What is the one thing you want readers to know about your book(s) and/or writing?

ML: I’m hopeful that the underlying theme in all of my books reflects the love of God. That’s my hope, anyway!

BH: What is your next project and when can we expect to read it?

ML: My next book in this Great War Series is called Whisper on the Wind and will release summer 2010. It’s the story of two people who get involved in a secret press, rebelling against the censors of the German army occupying Belgium in 1914. And they do it romantically, of course!
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1 comment:

  1. Welcome, Maureen, to Bookland Heights!

    Your story takes the reader to Europe during WWI. That's a fascinating time and setting...

    Tell us more about how you came to write about that period.