Ninety-two-year-old Henry Budge defies his family by escaping a Boston rehab hospital to make his way to France for the ceremonies marking the 70th observance of D-Day. Before he dies, he hopes to confront the grief he's harbored for decades and to rekindle fading memories of Élodie Bedier, the French Resistance fighter he loved and lost 70 years earlier. During his journey, he relives events of 1944 – being wounded as he parachutes into Normandy behind enemy lines, falling in love with Élodie who nurses him back to health, fighting the Germans alongside her and her companions, and finally abandoning the front line of the war to rescue a group of refugee children from the horrors of the Holocaust. The choices he and Élodie make put him at risk of charges of desertion and her at risk of discovery or death in the mountain passes of the Pyrénées. When he finally arrives back in France, Henry stumbles upon a shocking discovery that shakes the foundations of his cherished memories. When he is face-to-face with his past, he's left to wonder about the lies he was told and the life he and Élodie could have shared.
For as long as he can remember, Norman Gautreau wanted to spend his days writing down stories. Norman’s love of stories, and the telling of them, was ignited by a teacher who spent much of the fourth grade reading aloud Hardy Boys books. From her first narrated words of The Tower Treasure, he was enthralled! His first published work, Sea Room received great critical acclaim, winning the prestigious Massachusetts Book Award for Fiction in 2003, was selected as an “All-City-Reads” book in several cities and was a BookSense selection. His second novel, Island of First Light also garnered favorable reviews and has been a favorite among readers’ groups. More about all of Norman’s books, plus forthcoming books can be found at his web site: www.normanggautreau.com
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