If you know me, you know how much I am fascinated by WWII and its stories. So I am honored to invite author Jean Gallant Marcoux to the blog today to tell us more about his WWII romance Our Time Will Come. You can also check out an excerpt from the book before you download your own copy. Be sure to follow the tour for even more and to enter the great giveaway at the end!
Describe your book in one sentence of fewer than 25 words.
Our Time Will Come is a World War II story of love, separation, and daring attempt to reunite while dodging the Canadian Police and Nazi Assassins.
What kind of research did you have to do for it?
I read online, French and Canadian newspapers of the 1938-1943 era to have the historical timeline right, and find out the mind set of the people at the time.
To which character did you relate the most?
Jean Marchand, the Boy Scout, because he is bright and bold within reason. At that age, I read a lot of teenage adventures, and dreamt of being a sleuth discovering whodunit.
Will we see these characters again?
Yes, in the sequel of Our Time Will Come, which I am currently writing.
Why should we read your book?
If you like historical fiction, and/or World War II action, you will love Our Time Will Come.
Tell us about your other published works.
I have published articles in Historical Society Magazines in my native Quebec.
If you could meet one person living or dead, who would it be and why?
I would love to have dinner with Sir Winston Churchill. He was the most important stateman of the 20th century, a witty genius, and a gracious host. He always drank superb champagne.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank Candrel’s Crafts, Cooks, and Characters for hosting Out Time Will Come.
After a year in Paris studying painting at l’´Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Hélene Simard returns home to Quebec City in 1939, with a secret. She has a German fiancé. She can conceal his identity, but not the baby she carries. Hans Werner, her lover, was drafted in the German army, and his dreams of ever reuniting with Hélene are shattered with WWII escalating. In 1942, a bold opportunity arises for him to cross the Atlantic. Hounded by the Canadian police and Nazi assassins, the lovers’ hope for a new life together becomes intertwined with a plot to kill Winston Churchill.
“Our Time Will Come is an historical fiction novel that revolves around a romance that began in Paris in 1938. The war impeded the couple’s plans as Hélène returned home to Canada while Hans fulfilled his obligations as a German soldier. Despite the complications of the war, their love motivated them to find a way to be together. The unique perspective that the author shed on this world event kept me intrigued. The exceptional character development and the numerous twists that the narrative took made reading the book pass quickly. Readers of historical fiction would enjoy this author’s innovative angle on World War II. Romance is also a central theme of the book and would satisfy readers of that genre.”
-Official OnlineBookClub.org review.
Read an excerpt:
It was dark outside. Hélène was in Hans’s small furnished apartment, in his bed, crying silently. Her love, her lover, the man she wanted to be with for as long as she lived, was leaving for Germany. They said war was possible and Germany was calling its men to serve. Hans’s letter had come after Hans had called his mother to inquire about its arrival. When she said she had received it, he asked her to forward it to him in Paris. At first Hélène could not believe it was true. “There must be a mistake; this is not you they are calling. It must be someone else.” He took her in his arms and said, “It is me. This letter was expected, and as hard as it is for me to be away from you, I must go. Hopefully, this war will be over in a few months, and as soon as I am discharged, I will come to you in Québec. We will never be apart again.” “Why did you sign up for the military? You’re an artist, not a warrior,” she said with a flare of anger in her voice. “Why, why, why?” she yelled, pulling away from his arms. Her hands involuntarily formed fists and her eyes filled with tears. He pulled her back to him and said, “I was drafted; I had no choice.” “I have a plan,” Hélène said, regaining some of her poise. “
Jean Gallant Marcoux was born in Quebec City Canada, where he earned an MD degree from Laval University. As a board-certified allergist, he practiced in Quebec City from 1970 to 1977 after which he continued his career in Houston Texas until his retirement in 2007.
Passionate for history, he has published articles for historical society magazines in his native Quebec. This is his debut novel. Dr. Marcoux lives in Houston with his family.
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