No Such Word

by Paulette B. Maggiolo



Book Details

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Publication Date : 3/7/2009

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9781440125997
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 256
ISBN : 9781440126000

About the Book

Beautiful, young, and naïve, Christine Tourneau knows the deprivation, misery, and heartache of living with her family in war-torn occupied France. Ever the romantic, she hastily marries a man whom she has long adored—French underground resistance fighter, André Grassin. When his camp is totally destroyed in a 1944 bombing raid with no apparent survivors, the young 22-year-old widow throws herself into her teaching and welcoming the Americans when they finally arrive.

Falling for an American officer, Brian O’Connell, she follows him to the U.S. as his new bride. Thrilled with the freedoms of her new country, and embracing every opportunity for education and work, Christine endures abuse, lies, betrayal, and abandonment from Brian and others she comes to trust and love.

Believing she is finally a widow again—and released from all prior vows—she finds passion and commitment in the arms of U.S. Intelligence Agent Nick Tarzini, and they build a safe, secure life and family together. But life has one more surprise in store for Christine Tourneau Tarzini, a surprise for which there is No Such Word.

About the Author

Paulette B. Maggiolo came to the U.S.A. as a French war bride married to an American officer right after World War II. She holds degrees from the University of Caen in France; The Sorbonne, Paris; and from Columbia University in New York (from which she has a Phi Beta Kappa key). Dr. Maggiolo received her Doctorate in Modern Languages from the University of Middlebury, Vermont. Her thesis, “The Myth of the Earth in Colette’s Novels,” was published by the university. Currently a Virginia resident, she has taught thirty years in American public schools as well as several more years in private schools, including a military academy. She often travels outside of the United States. Recently retired from the high school classroom, she continues to teach French privately, do translation work in French and Spanish, and write novels that incorporate many of her own life experiences in the classroom, in a military academy, and in international intrigue. While No Such Word is a work of fiction, the author was able to weave in many autobiographical experiences from her teenage years living in occupied France and her mixed feelings of emancipation and fear adjusting to life in a new country as a war bride, so far away from all she had known and loved. These will ring true as you read the remarkable story of Christine Tourneau. No Such Word is Paulette's third novel, including The Guilty Teacher and The Terrorist Trap. Others are on the way.