Moderate spoiler alert!
Apparently every hopeful author should have an “elevator pitch” for those moments when they find themselves stuck in a lift with a major publisher. Here is mine. It is a work in progress.
My working title is Rendezvous with Death (after a lovely poem by Alan Seegar, 1888-1916) but I may change this for something less melodramatic.
Rendezvous is a romantic thriller set in the First World War. (Gone with the Wind for the Great War, perhaps?)
The story opens in the summer of 1913 and concludes two years later. It is set mainly in London and Paris and the occupied territories of northern France. The main themes are the bravery of women, the duty imposed by men, and the pain of love and loss.
It tells the story of Charlotte, a militant suffragette, who has a profound encounter with a mysterious man only for him to walk away the next morning. She finds love elsewhere but her world is shattered by the outbreak of war. Charlotte is recruited for espionage work in occupied France where her resilience and courage are tested to their limits – until fate once more intervenes.
Although based on meticulous research the story carries this learning lightly. There is a strong sense of time and place and the plot moves along quickly with strong characters, sparkling dialogue, and quite a lot of sex.
I anticipate that this book would be enjoyed by adult women (and hopefully men) looking for passionate, intelligent and beautifully written escapism.