Never forget what people went through. Never forget how they pushed on without a whine. I don’t think you’ll need tissues for this. Exactly. But there’s so much we could learn from stories like this one about endurance. Maybe keep a tissue close by, just in case.
Our Time Will Come by Jean Gallant Marcoux released in November in the Historical genre.
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.
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.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
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.
What message in this story set so many years in the past is relevant in today’s world?
“Our Time Will Come: is a historical novel occurring during the period 1938-1943. It was in a time of great turmoil in the world, the beginning of the Second World War. The generation that grew up during the Great Depression, and came of age during that period, had a profound sense of duty toward their country. As an example, young Americans lined up outside recruiting offices in December 1941 to volunteer to join the military and fight the Japanese who had attacked the American Fleet at Pearl Harbor.
Young Germans of the same generation had similar patriotic sentiments. It explains why Hans Werner, the male protagonist of “Our Time Will Come”, decided after much hesitation, to join the German army despite the plea of Helene Simard, his love and fiancée to forget his drafting orders and escape to Canada and get married.
The young men and women of that generation, sometime called “The Greatest Generation” were in the military for the duration of the war, not a limited-time stint. The Millennial Generation has a lot to learn from their Grand, and Great-Grandparents’ attitude towards their country.
The second message from my book is the fact one cannot judge a person by his Nationality, (or religion, or skin color, etc.). Nazi Germany killed millions of Jews, and others because of who they were, during WWII. My protagonist, Hans Werner, a German army officer, saved one Jewish child from sexual abuse and certain death.
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