ASHES OF WATERLOO: by Olivia Andem
Library of Congress LCCN: 2015907625
release date: August 15, 2015
April 1815-Rumors of Napoleon’s war plans spread across the French border into the Province of Brabant. The caretaker’s stepdaughter dreads the arrival of Napoleon’s soldiers with good reason...she knows their violent ways only too well. One fateful afternoon, Lisette is left in charge of the empty chateau. During the dark days that follow, a vow of revenge mars her efforts to make new friends and bask in the attentions of a rugged British officer. All too soon the battle of Waterloo erupts and the three men she cares about face the ordeal. While fleeing the catastrophe of war, every step is fraught with perils, brigands and heartache-
Lisette, a soldier’s daughter with iron will and a kind heart, refuses to surrender to hardship or vile threats... when faced with defeat by the past, she must find a way to protect those she holds dear and win a most precious victory.
Ashes of Waterloo ©2015 Olivia Andem
The turreted spire of its church, the highest point in Genappe, loomed a few miles distant from the entrance gates to Chateau Austerlitz. The vista remained just as it was some weeks ago, when she left with Henri and his friend for Valois-la-Ville, believing she’d never dare return.
“Do not come back!” Stepfather Pollard’s shout still rang in her ears.
Lisette and Henri had accused their mother of being heartless. It was too soon to regret her decision to deliver Henri’s warning today; after all, a family obligation should not be ignored because of guilt or fear.
When no one was around in the hotel kitchen this morning, she left a note on the table and crept out the back door. Less than two hours later, she arrived at her destination, thanks to Mr. Darbin’s kind assistance.
Indeed, Darbin was a strong and handsome name. She should have guessed the Englishman was a learned man; right from the first moment they met, he was exceedingly polite and spoke French in a formal manner.
Whilst riding in the wagon beside her brother’s friend, she fell into a glowing mood where nothing else mattered but being in his company.
Not revealing his full name hinted of some dangerous thing she was not allowed to know, the mystery added to her fascination but she happily accepted the name of Darbin as real. When they arrived at the chateau’s gates, he helped her from the wagon; a strange happiness filled her senses when she leaned upon his hand for support.
She forgot to say she enjoyed his company; a mumbled ‘thank you’ was hardly enough. However, Mr. Darbin’s harsh warning was unexpected.
“I hope to see you in Brussels, perhaps soon,” he said, holding her by the hand. “However, once you hear cannon or rifle fire, these woods will harbor all manner of soldiers, cowards, deserters and stragglers. Be careful and do not travel until it is safe.”
The grave look in his eyes left no doubt...Brabant was on the verge of destruction.
Fear raged inside; she turned away before he could see her tears and hurried towards the chateau.
THE AUTHOR, a native of Texas, lives in Southern California and enjoys speaking to book clubs, library and civic groups about the historic Georgian era that inspired The Hawthorne Diaries saga and Ashes of Waterloo. Olivia is a member of Romance Writers of America and is an avid reader and researcher of her English heritage. Aided by the encouragement of family and support of a Yorkie terrier, Harley-Girl, current projects include works of both romance and historical fiction.
“KNOW YOUR OWN HAPPINESS.
YOU WANT NOTHING BUT PATIENCE
OR GIVE IT A MORE FASCINATING NAME,
CALL IT HOPE.”
Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility 1811
The best thing about my author journey so far has been hearing from a reader who says, "I loved your book, I couldn't put it down!"
Courtship in the time of Jane Austen! Those decades are rich in historical detail and were the inspiration for my series, The Hawthorne Diaries. (My debut novel, Patience Becomes a Lady, is rereleased with the label, The Hawthorne Diaries I, second edition.)
My latest and more dramatic venture is Ashes of Waterloo...releasing in August 2015. A soldier’s daughter refuses to surrender. Two lives are entangled in the tragedies of life and love.
A lovely large print of an English cottage imbues my office with great atmosphere while writing or editing. However, I have been known to compose in coffee shops, airports, medical waiting rooms and in the car on a lapboard. I like to listen to music when I am working on a very emotional scene. My favorites are Mozart and Beethoven piano concertos.
I enjoy speaking to book clubs, library groups and civic organizations on the subject of courtship in the Regency period and also the era of the Battle of Waterloo.
What is your next project? I am often asked. At this time, I think newlywed Patience will be swept into a truly harrowing misadventure. Of course, my title character, Patience Hawthorne is my favorite creation. I am transported back to the Georgian era through her experiences and feelings. Sifting through historical details is very challenging but rewarding when the detail fits the story like a glove.
What are your three top writer tips?
1/Write. 2/Rewrite. 3/Do the best you can!
Author website: www.OliviaAndem.com
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