Gail Kittleson taught college expository writing and English as a Second Language. Now she writes memoir and women’s fiction, and facilitates writing workshops and women’s retreats. She makes her home in northern Iowa, where she and her husband enjoy their grandchildren and gardening. In winter, the Arizona mountains provide new novel fodder. To learn more about Gail’s books, please visit her website at www.gailkittleson.com
Relationships make the world go around. No matter how strong, adventurous or downright risk-taking our natures, we humans all need family and friends. Sometimes we might see them as burdens, but we’re still created for interaction.
My latest heroine, Kate Isaacs, yearns for meaningful connections, especially since her parents died post-World War I. Now, she also grieves the aunt who took her in and her young RAF pilot husband. Addie, her best friend, and the folks she’s met in London support her, yet Kate longs for knowledge about her past.
Imagine her mixed feelings when an older Frenchman tells her she looks just like her mother—he remembers her from the Great War. As Kate’s story moves on, she carves more new friendships, but With Each New Dawn, that deep-down desire to know more about her parents strengthens. Her aunt provided sketchy information about her mother, but what about her father?
This Frenchman seems even better acquainted with him than with Kate’s mother, and thanks to him, Kate at least realizes he was French, also, and a Great War spy. Circumstances in war-torn London thicken the plot, and yet another familial loss quickens Kate’s desire to make a difference in needy refugees’ lives.
Ahh...will she be able to live up to her father’s intrepid example? Can she contribute to the war effort in a meaningful way? And most of all, could she possibly discover more about her father in the process? With Each New Dawn holds all the answers.
Domingo, a grieving Basque mountain guide-turned-saboteur, meets her parachute drop, tends her injured ankle, and carries her to safety. Reunited a few months later, they discover the injured Monsieur le Blanc who with his dying breath, reveals his familial connection to Kate.
In the shadow of the Waffen SS, Domingo and Kate find his younger brother Gabirel missing. While Domingo seeks Gabirel, Domingo’s parish priest, Père Gaspard, creates a new identity for Kate.
United once again, Kate and Domingo subject their mutual attraction to the cause. But can mere human will and moral courage change the war’s tide and forge a future for them?