… a novel about love, loyalty, betrayal and forgiveness.
November 1943. Effie’s father receives an unexpected notice from the authorities to move off his farm in the Scottish Highlands. He is one of around 900 people given four weeks to leave their homes. The arrival of Italian POWs to help process crops leads to a forbidden love between Effie and Toni. No-one is told the full reason for the evacuation. The military want to use a nearby beach to practice for the D-Day landings, one of the greatest secrets of the Second World War. A German spy, living amongst the community, has been waiting for years to unearth just such a secret and take it personally back to the Führer.
How Effie’s War came about …
‘I heard the story years ago of how around 900 people living in the Tarbat peninsula were given only one month to leave their homes, crofts and farms during the November of 1943. People were told the military wanted the land for battle practice. This was not the whole story – they wanted a nearby beach to rehearse for the landings in Normandy, scheduled to take place the following summer.
‘I tucked away the details in that mental filing cabinet in which writers store interesting snippets. It was early in 2017, after the completion of other writing projects that the information was brought out once more into the daylight. This time my imagination was immediately set alight. I realised that these true events would provide an extraordinary backdrop to a novel. Fortunately Black & White Publishing felt the same and they sent me a contract based on a two-page synopsis.’
Effie’s War, to be published on 6th June by Black & White Publishing, will be available in paperback (£7.99) – ISBN: 978-1785301957 – from any high street bookshop, while the paperback/ebook can be ordered from Amazon