Thursday, February 3, 2022

Dare Not Tell

Please join me in congratulating Elaine Schroller on the publication of her debut historical novel, Dare Not Tell! I had the pleasure of helping Elaine design the cover. Here's the book description:

Twenty years after he left WWI's battlefields, Australian Joe Parker thinks he has tamed all his demons. His American wife Sophie, a wartime nurse, thinks she knows all his secrets. He hasn’t. She doesn’t.

July 1939. The Parkers are looking forward to a long-delayed honeymoon in France before they sail home to Sydney. But visiting a site where Joe fought wreaks havoc with their itinerary and their marriage.

When they arrive at Villers-Bretonneux, the location of Joe’s most brutal battle, his long-buried memories erupt, including the ones he never told Sophie. And an impromptu trip to the French Alps only makes things worse when they discover German war artifacts on pristine alpine trails and the walls of the miles-deep Chamonix valley close in on Joe like the deepest trench he ever experienced. All the defenses he uses to hold his memories at bay start crumbling as the world teeters on the brink of a second world war.

Bonds of friendship and shared experience helped them endure the Great War, but Sophie begins to doubt how well she really knows her husband when the foundations of their relationship seem to shift out of control. Can their marriage survive this trip? Or will Joe’s need to keep his secrets break both their hearts?

Join Sophie and Joe on their journey of love, loss, secrets, and redemption, from France to Australia and back again.

Dare Not Tell is available now in print and ebook editions on Amazon. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and visit Elaine's website for more information on the book and a free download of the prequel, The French Photograph!