A Coat Dyed Black: A Novel of the Norwegian Resistance
"A heart-wrenching and poignant story of bravery. An impressive debut; I loved it." -Robert Dugoni, New York Times bestselling author of The World Played Chess and the Tracy Crosswhite series
A young farmer turns into a courageous resistance fighter after Nazi Germany invades Norway and steals his way of life.
Bj rn Erliksen lives a peaceful life on Norway's west coast and has never considered himself anything but a farmer. But when Nazi Germany invades, and his country's ill-equipped military collapses in less than two months, it falls on him and other ordinary Norwegians to fight back.
He escapes to England, trains with an elite Norwegian special forces army unit, and is smuggled back into his homeland as a commando. When Bj rn's resistance work eventually reunites him with a lost love, they join forces to carry out dangerous sabotage missions, all the while working in the shadows to evade the Gestapo. He weighs love against duty, wrestling with his own conscience as he is forced to commit unspeakable acts and unexpected betrayals. Can Bj rn survive long enough to see Norway's liberation and find his own peace?
Filled with thrilling historical details about a corner of Europe often forgotten in the story of WWII, A Coat Dyed Black illuminates the struggles and sacrifices of ordinary people compelled to do the extraordinary.
Three sisters. Two Great Lakes. One furious storm.
It's 1913 and Great Lakes galley cook Sunny Colvin has her hands full feeding a freighter crew seven days a week, nine months a year. She also has a dream-to open a restaurant back home-but knows she'd never convince her husband, the steward, to leave the seafaring life heloves.
In Sunny's Lake Huron hometown, her sister, Agnes Inby, mourns her husband, a U.S. Life-Saving Serviceman who died in an accident she believes she could have prevented. Burdened with regret and longing for more than her job at the dry goods store, she looks for comfort in a secret infatuation.
Two hundred miles away in Cleveland, the youngest sister, Cordelia Blythe, has pinned her hopes for adventure on her marriage to a lake freighter captain. Finding herself alone and restless in her new town, she joins him on the season's last trip up the lakes.
On November 8, 1913, a deadly storm descends on the Great Lakes, bringing hurricane-force winds, whiteout blizzard conditions, and mountainous thirty-five-foot waves that last for days. Amidst the chaos, the women are offered a glimpse of the clarity they seek, if only they dare to perceive it.
Inspired by actual events during the Great Lakes Storm of 1913, Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury is a meticulously researched and grippingly told debut novel.
About the Author Bryan, Kinley: - Kinley Bryan was inspired by stories of her great-grandparents, a schooner captain and ship's cook, who survived the 1913 storm with their young children. Kinley lives with her husband and children on the Atlantic Coast, where she prefers not to lose sight of the shore. Sisters of the Sweetwater Fury is her first novel.
It's November 1941. Siblings Jennifer and John, ages seven and five, huddle in a cement culvert near Kunming, China, while Japanese Zeros fly overhead. Jennifer pretends to ignore the screech of gunfire. Where are Daddy and Mummy? she thinks.
Lost in China is the true story of two Anglo-American children separated from their parents in China during World War II, and their unforgettable journey to America a year later. The Dobbs family lived in Shanghai in the late 1930s, where the children spoke Mandarin and Jennifer rode to school in a rickshaw. As war progresses, the family travels to heavily bombed Chungking, through mountains harboring bandits, and on the dangerous Burma Road. When their mother and father fly to Hong Kong on a short trip and get caught up in the Japanese attack, the Dobbs children are left parentless, with no idea when their parents will return-or if they are even still alive.
For a year, the children remain in Western China, and the two are separated when John is taken to stay with another family, where he survives a near-drowning incident. Finally, after spending a month traveling three-quarters of the way around the world via the US military's World War II ferry routes, they reunite with their mother in a rain-swept, deserted airfield in Washington, DC-and face a shocking discovery about their father. Lost in China is both a riveting firsthand account of a family broken apart in World War II China and a daughter's tribute to her beloved father.
“Colonial America comes to vivid life in this nuanced, engaging historical novel.” —BookLife
Great for fans of Willa Cather and Amy Belding Brown’s Flight of the Sparrow.
Inspired by a shocking incident in eighteenth century America, award-winning and internationally acclaimed Chateau Laux is the story of Lawrence Kraymer, a young entrepreneur from a youthful Philadelphia, who chances upon a French aristocrat and his family living on the edge of the frontier.
Born to an unwed mother and raised by a disapproving and judgmental grandfather, Lawrence is drawn to the close-knit family. As part of his courtship of one of the patriarch's daughters, he builds a château, igniting memories of a past that should have been left alone and setting in motion a course of devastating events he could not have anticipated.
2021 IAN Book of the Year Awards, Gold Medal for Outstanding Historical Fiction 2021 Coffee Pot Book Club Book of the Year Award, Gold Medal for Historical Fiction Set in America 2021 Historical Fiction Company Awards, Silver Medal for Historical American Fiction 2021 Readers' Favorite Book Award Winner, Bronze Medal for Historical Event/Era Fiction 2021 American Book Fest’s Best Book Awards, Finalist for Cross-Genre Fiction 2021 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
“A haunting, eloquent, and engaging historical drama." —Kirkus
“This beautiful piece of storytelling set in colonial times that will forever touch a reader's heart and soul…. The writing in Chateau Laux is excellent, but what is most remarkable is the storytelling…. It is a miracle of sorts, that the world is given such a beautiful work.” —Mark Zvonkovic, author of A Lion in the Grass
“…a bittersweet story of tragedy, found family, and reconciliation…an engrossing novel set during colonial times.” —Foreword Reviews
“Loved it!…. I recommend this book for fans of early American history and its connection to France.” —Jessica Lucci, award-winning author of the Watch City trilogy; Reedsy discovery
“…it is not just a novel that Loux has penned, but a masterpiece, a rose among thorns, a chateau among farmhouses. With such a keen sense of human life and emotion, David Loux brings to life a story that threatens to mesmerise with scenes of pure, unrestrained delight and scenes that will pull at your heartstrings and have you reaching for the tissues.” —The Coffee Pot Book Club
“…a brilliant portrayal of ambition, tragedy, and reconciliation...[an] engaging historical masterpiece…inspired by real events…. The plot was unpredictable and shocking…. Poignantly written, Chateau Laux effortlessly blends history and culture with recurring concepts of good and evil.” —Onlinebookclub.org
“…a timeless, entrancing, compelling and elegant work of art.” —Historical Fiction Press
“A nascent nation, in all its moral complexities, is apprehended through the lives of members of an isolated middle colonies community on the edge of the frontier in this moving and important historical novel.” —MaryEllen Beveridge, author of After the Hunger: Stories
“Readers seeking an absorbing historical novel of transformation, tragedy, rebirth, and renewed relationships set against the backdrop of 1700s frontier America will find Chateau Laux a gripping story of love, loss, and survival that's made even stronger for its roots in real events. It's a riveting read that requires no prior familiarity with eighteenth century history in order to prove compelling.” —Midwest Book Review
“Chateau Laux portrays its historical settings and characters with skill and excellence. The story is well-developed and all its elements are skillfully achieved. I highly recommend it.” —Edith Wairimu, Readers' Favorite
“Chateau Laux is a sweeping historical novel that transports the reader to the height of religious oppression and bigotry in Europe in the eighteenth century and across the seas to the burgeoning, seeming freedom of the New World: the bustling colony of Philadelphia... I thoroughly enjoyed Chateau Laux and can highly recommend it.” —Grant Leishman, Readers' Favorite
“…a dramatic story fraught with intense suspense. Based on actual people and events, this gripping novel held me on the edge of my seat from the first page until the last…. Caught up in the stunning story, I couldn't put the book down for anything, not even dinner. It is an extraordinary book, and I recommend it to everyone who loves stories filled with action, drama, and love.” —Susan Sewell, Readers' Favorite
“If you're itching for a well-written historical fiction novel based on real events, Chataeu Laux is the book for you.” —Pikasho Deka, Readers' Favorite
“…a thought-provoking historical novel that everyone will love. It bordered on love, grief, betrayal, loyalty, compassion, survival, and guts. The plot was brilliant and refreshing, while the story was unusual yet unique…. I loved this novel, and the flawless editing influenced my beautiful reading experience.” —Jennifer Ibiam, Readers' Favorite
David Loux is a short story writer who has published under pseudonym and served as past board member of California Poets in the Schools. Chateau Laux is his first novel. He lives in the Eastern Sierra with his wife, Lynn.