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By: Michael G Franks


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The nature of war is that there is no normal; emotions are always running on the surface; fear, hope, sadness and love can all manifest themselves in an instant.

In this setting, four central characters embark upon a daring and extremely dangerous journey through war torn France in 1944. Two French orphaned children have no idea how they will reach what they believe to be their only surviving family. Meanwhile, two Allied prisoners of war escape their captivity, but behind enemy lines they are uncertain about their survival and their ability to get back behind Allied lines.

They each carry a burden of their own personal heart-breaking tragedy as fate brings them together. The sadness and despair from the loss felt by each of them must be overcome if they are to survive. Survival, however, is not guaranteed as each step they take on the journey is fraught with danger.

They soon realise that love and friendship are the most important ingredients to help them reach their personal objectives. Despite the perils they face they demonstrate courage and determination and never lose hope, because as each day passes and with each crisis they face, the bond between the two vulnerable children and the soldiers grows stronger.

Michael Franks is a writer who enjoys building stories that involve a wide range of human emotions. He has a wealth of life experience having spent many years in military service around the world and holds a BSc in Psychology. His aim in his writing is to touch the senses of the reader and enable them to experience the emotions of the characters in the story.

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  • Marion Dodd

    I have just read Marelle by Michael G Franks and thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is set towards the end of the Second World War and that is the backdrop to the book. Two escaped POWs, one British and one American, on trying to get back to their lines have seen their plans changed due to an encounter with two children who have had their world destroyed by an enemy search on their home in France. This leads to a very difficult, emotional, tough yet heartwarming journey with the children through war torn France to keep them safe. Not wishing to give any further spoilers to the story sufficed to say I highly recommend this book - I couldn’t put it down!

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