After Ellis…

The galleys for A FALL OF MARIGOLDS arrived yesterday, which means I have one last look at the pages before the book is sent to the printer. But while I am putting the last touches on this manuscript before it is published in February – just four months away! – I am already much involved with the next project.

After spending the last year in 1911 and one the bit of land that is Ellis Island, I am now moving forward a few years to World War II, the London Blitz, and the evacuation of a million of its children to the countryside.  I’ve just returned from a research trip to the UK with my mom, where I had the opportunity to interview eight people who were children and teenagers during the war and who remember well the influx of young Londoners into their villages, or taking the train out of the city to live with people whom they’d never met, or running for cover from the Luftwaffe bombers and Doodlebugs and rockets. Their stories amazed me and I can’t wait to incorporate these details into the book, which is tentatively titled, THE BRIDE’S BOX. For now, here is a mini photo gallery of this incredible trip. These scenes will take place early in the book… Thoughts so far?

The pastoral Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, the place where my 15-year-old heroine and her seven-year-old will be evacuated to out of London...

The pastoral Cotswolds in Gloucestershire, the place where my 15-year-old heroine and her seven-year-old sister will be evacuated to out of London…

The town I will evacuate her and her little sister to, a real and lovely place called Stow-on-the-Wold...

The town I will evacuate her and her sister to, a real and lovely place called Stow-on-the-Wold…

The bench just outside the Methodist church where she will make the plans that will change everything...

The bench just outside the Methodist church where she will make the plans that will change everything…

The cottage where she and her sister will be sent which I will call Thistle House...

The cottage where she and her sister will be sent which I will call Thistle House…

The path she will take in the middle of the night to steal away back to London...

The path she will take in the middle of the night to steal away back to London…

The station where she will wait in the dark until dawn and the first train back to the city...

The station where she will wait in the dark until dawn and the first train back to the city…

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  1. Janet Reeves on October 11, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I’ll be watching for the book. Thanks for the sneak peek!

  2. Susan on October 11, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    Thanks, Janet!

  3. Marge Moulton on October 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Oh, I looked at these photos – cannot wait until the book is written and comes out for us all. Beautiful scenes you caught. Thanks!

  4. Barb Honea on October 11, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I love all your books and am so looking forward to “Fall of Marigolds.” I love these pictures and your ideas sound wonderful.

  5. Pat on October 11, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    I wondered if your heroine might be reading The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe on her train trip home but realized that would be anachronistic. Then to be sure I was using the word properly I looked it up and discovered that it wouldn’t be an anachronism after all but would in fact be a prochronism. I just learned a new word! And I’m looking forward to the book, by the way.

  6. Debra on October 12, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Oh my gosh! Soooo excited for this one. :) Lucky me that Marigold comes out in my birthday month so that should keep me busy until the next one. Sounds exciting love. I’m looking forward to them both.

    Debra@stylewisebydebra.com

  7. Susan on October 12, 2013 at 3:00 am

    Thanks for all your lovely comments, everyone. And Pat! I learned a new word,too!

  8. Abigail on December 15, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Intrigued by the pictures. So sad we won’t be able to read it for at least a year. :) Oh well, I’ll content myself with Fall of Marigolds in a couple of months.

    By the way, I really love your weaving of two time periods in your stories. Shape of Mercy, followed by Girl in the Glass, are two of my all-time favorite reads.

    Thank you for continuing to share your stories with us!

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