Betrayal, injustice and revenge echo down the years…
1940. Olive marries farmer Bill Falla. The Germans occupy Guernsey.
All too soon Olive realises she’s made a mistake.
Her life changes when she meets Wolfgang, a German officer-
but there’s a price to pay. . .
2010. Natalie Ogier returns to Guernsey to escape an abusive relationship – only to be plagued by odd happenings in her beautiful cottage on the site of a derelict and secluded farm. Disturbing dreams, disembodied voices and uncanny visions from the past. She becomes increasingly ill at ease as someone else’s past catches up with her own…
Her only immediate neighbour, Stuart, is the grandson of the original owners, Bill and Olive.
Thrown together in a bid to find out what really happened to Olive, can they each survive the repercussions of the past and move on?
Anne lives in Devon by her beloved sea and near to her family.Her restless spirit has meant a number of moves. the longest stay being the fourteen years spent in Guernsey after falling in love with this magical island. She contrived to leave a son behind to ensure a valid reason for returns. Another son is based in London - ideal for city breaks. By profession a psychotherapist, Anne has now retired to focus on writing novels. To date there are six published in The Guernsey Novels series.
This is from the first chapter, but not the beginning of the story. It actually takes place midway between the story set in the German Occupation and the contemporary conclusion. I feel it gives a taster of Olive's tale and what she had become after the war.
Echoes of Time
Olive was cooking her usual meagre supper of scrambled eggs on toast when the sound of heavy footsteps outside made her jump. No-one ever visited and this was how she liked it. Always had. Her heart pounded as she moved the pan off the blackened range and turned to face the back door. Unlocked as was the custom in safe little Guernsey. Or was it safe? Grabbing a knife she watched, immobile, as the knob turned and the door began to open.