With Kisses from Cécile
A STORY OF LOVE AND REDEMPTION, DRAWN FROM REAL-LIFE 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.
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 One 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?
In the year 1919 following World War One, 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.
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About Anne Armistead (Atlanta, Georgia Author)
When she’s not wearing her story-telling hat as Anne Armistead, historical romance author, she’s Sandra Havriluk, former English teacher, children’s writer, wife, mom of two grown daughters and a rescue mutt named Jackpot. She earned her English literature degree from the University of Georgia and her MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University and is a member of the Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Romance Writers of America (RWA) and the Georgia Writers of Romance (GRW), and the National and Georgia Sisters in Crime (SinC) organization.
She remembers the old-fashioned days before computers, iPhones, and air-conditioning, which may be why historical fiction is her favorite genre. However, she’s not complaining about technology, for she’d be living in the stacks of the library without the internet. In the words of this Southern woman, bless its little heart. As a child, she actually looked forward to her doctor and dentist appointments because she loved to read the Highlights for Children magazines always in the waiting rooms. Seeing her own stories published in this magazine is a childhood dream come true. Her love of storytelling came naturally from her daddy, who spun tales of his growing up in the South. She cherishes a collection of his hats, which she believes brings her a touch of his storytelling magic.
Dangerous Conjurings is her debut historical romance novel. Under the title Treacherous Hearts, it was the winner of the 2014 YA Fab 5 Wisconsin Romance Contest. Her recent release is With Kisses from Cécile from Storyology Design & Publication, the first in a series of historical fiction offered with a line of heirloom quality jewelry at storyologydesign.com. Learn more about Anne at her website annearmisteadauthor.com. Follow her on twitter and facebook @armisteadanne and on instagram @annearmisteadauthor