Fiona Valpy

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abigail Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abigail finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer – and her life.

In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…

When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.




Historical Fiction

UK Publication

Amazon Publishing / Lake Union, May 2018

US Publication

Amazon Publishing / Lake Union, May 2018

Rights Sales

World English: Amazon Publishing / Lake Union
Czech: Baronet
Danish: Cicero
Dutch: Meulenhoff Boekerij
French: City Editions
Italian: Newton Compton
Lithuanian: Alma Littera
Macedonian: Kultura
Norwegian: Cappelen Damm
Romanian: RAO
Russian: AST