AWARD-WINNING STORY OF LOVE AND REDEMPTION, DRAWN FROM REAL-LIFE
2020 Georgia Independent Author of the Year, Historical Fiction & November 2020 Literary Titan Silver Book Award
Visiting Paris to find out more about her great-grandmother’s World-War-I-era pen pal Cécile, a forlorn Maggie, reeling from discovering her husband’s infidelity, learns of devastating one-hundred-year-old secrets involving loss and forgiveness. Revelations about her family’s past challenge Maggie’s decision to face her future alone.
Now: Maggie Ruth Mitchell’s failed reconciliation with her unfaithful husband leaves her heartbroken–and pregnant. She accepts her family’s invitation to Paris to pay homage to Cécile, whose World War I era pen pal letters to Maggie’s great-grandmother Ruth are cherished family mementoes. Through reading Cécile’s letters and learning about Ruth’s tragic past, will Maggie find the strength to forgive and love again?
Then: In the year 1919 following World War I, Ruth and Cécile begin corresponding through an American-French pen pal program. Cécile is fighting against consumption, a life-threatening illness. Ruth is hiding the truth about a tragic death that has torn her family apart. She draws strength to face what fate brings from her pen pal’s inspiring letters, each signed With Kisses from Cécile.
” Authors Anne Armistead and Jan Agnello have written a historical novel of friendship, loss, and forgiveness…. a delightfully sweet historical fiction novel... a heart warming read that explores a beautiful friendship of two women who live worlds apart. The characters are skillfully crafted and well developed. You admire both women and their strength and admire their friendship.” ~ Literary Titan