The young woman pictured above allows herself to be seduced by the SS officer who takes over her French village. She is the daughter of the mayor and they must become servants for Major and his officers.
At this time in history, if a woman had a baby out of wedlock, she would be forced to leave the community. There was no way out, no birth control. Abortions were running rampant in Germany because so few men remained following the first world war. This was a horrendous decision twenty years following that war. She choses it because of her role with the Resistance and her courageous decision to help her country.
Perhaps some readers will be frustrated because this seventeen-year-old girl succumbs so easily to SS major Reinhard Hurst’s advances as the story begins. A reader by the name of Vicki said, “Here she is, a strong, virgin, mature, level-headed girl, falling so fast for the Major. However, when I started comparing her to my own teenage daughter and realized that at that age, the great majority of women are a pendulum of feelings, attitudes, interests, strengths, insecurities, I realized that a traumatic experience, like trying to survive a war could certainly confuse anyone, let alone a young girl who hasn’t experienced life to its fullest.”
The novel takes place in the little village known as Villeponte. It follows the girl into Bavaria to one of the first Lebensborn homes after she has become pregnant and must leave France.
The next blog shows how a true fact of history became the idea for the novel. So please return to learn more about the Major and HIS plans for the village and what they are seeking.