Pub Date 30 Sep 2017
Set during WWII and inspired by an actual event, WICKWYTHE HALL is the deliciously engrossing story of a young French refugee, an American woman married into British society, and a West Point graduate and champagne vendeur with ties to Winston Churchill.
As the Germans sweep into France in 1940, Annelle LeMaire flees unprepared and alone. She’s desperate to reach her brothers, who are fighting with the French Foreign Legion, but instead is forced to flee by boat from Dunkerque. She’s lucky to get out. She lands in England, where she is taken in by Mabry Springs, an American married to British nobility who sees in Annelle reminders of her own lonely past.
Mabry is Lady of Wickwythe Hall, a country estate where Churchill occasionally seeks refuge. It’s out of London, hidden among the trees, and harder to bomb. During one of Churchill’s visits, Reid Carr arrives to bring Churchill his required champagne. Reid is a part of Mabry’s painful history, and his unexpected arrival sends her spiraling. Even so, the reunion is a welcome diversion from their uncertain times—until Mabry realizes that Reid also brings secrets with him, and suddenly she isn’t quite sure who he is.
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“If you love history, beautifully rendered characters, and stories that will tug at your heart, add Wickwythe Hall to your list.”—Book Perfume
“...it had substance with endearing characters and solemn subjects. It is based on the true events of WWII Operation Catapult, when Churchill made the decision to bomb the French naval fleet at Mers el-Kebir to prevent their battle ships being handed over to Germany. Little’s characterization of Churchill is so well done. She makes his personality and presence so real. Mabry was a character to be admired for her decisions and actions. A good read with a satisfying ending.”—Historical Novels Review
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This novel is in part about Dunkirk and Operation Catapult, during which Churchill launched an attack against French naval forces rather than risk the French fleet falling into Germany's hands.