My real name is Valentine de Vaillant. I once had a brother, Florian. He's now dead. So too are my mother and father. I live with my grand-mere in the Villa Mimosa. A German officer is billeted with us. Most likely he suspects I'm in the Resistance. He could report me to the Gestapo at any time. Every day I live in fear of something happening to my friend Marguerite and her brother Aleksander.
France 1943. Life under the German Occupation has become even more dangerous for those in the Resistance. For Valli, living under the same roof as the enemy, there is now an added danger. The more she comes to know Maximilian von Stahlmann, the harder it becomes to resist her growing feelings for him.
When her dearest friend, Marguerite, is arrested, Valli faces her most perilous situation yet. Time is running out. In order to save her friend, she must risk everything. Be willing to do whatever it takes. Even if it means putting her own life in jeopardy. But for Valli, the price of freedom is never too high.
About the Author
Lorraine Campbell is a licensed shorthand writer. She worked for seventeen years as a court reporter with the Victoria Government Reporting Service, providing verbatim transcripts of Supreme Court criminal trials and in other jurisdictions. She has also been a freelance court reporter in the Australian Industrial Relations Commission.
She holds an Arts degree from Monash University, majoring in Philosophy and English Literature, and studied French and German for a number of years. Her previous novels are Resisting the Enemy and In Mortal Danger.
A resident of Melbourne’s bayside, Lorraine adores the opera, theatre and movies. She also likes to keep fit and runs every morning along the beach and in the local parks. What she really enjoys doing most is lying on a chaise longue, eating chocolate and reading crime thrillers – or absolutely anything by Alan Furst.