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The Baroness


July 25th, 2011 // 1 Comment

My first published novel has the ingredients I expect to find in a good book. –  A world I am not familiar with, intriguing characters and a meaningful conflict. I like wars – an external conflict that obliges my characters to resolve their differences under trying circumstances. At the same time I can use historical events and dramatize them through my characters. Men must fight and women wait for their return. Love and danger create suspense. Short meetings highten romantic moments and stir the desire. The unforseeable future creates another suspense factor as people first deny the danger and must then cope with it. The resolution evolves from the circumstances.

Here is the plot to The Baroness. 

At the New Year’s ball of 1914, Baroness Elisa von Hohemheim watches with her guests as a fortuneteller reads the future from a glass of water and molten lead. For this married mother of five the twisted lead speaks of flames, a vision of fire and destruction as well as great passion.
But nobody, not even the fortuneteller, can imagine what will take place within the next three years: the Russian Empire will collapse, the Tsar will be executed and Lenin will declare death to the aristocracy. Elisa finds the love of her life, a passion that sees her through the dark years to come. How can she liberate herself from her obligation to her husband?

The Treaty of Versailles obliges the German troops to withdraw. The revolution resumes.  The von Hohenheims can escape just before the Germans leave. When they arrive in Riga the Bolsheviks are on the march again and soon take the city. Young Max joins the Baltic Homefront determined to liberate his parents before they become victims of the Russian purge.

Facing slow, but sure death, either by execution or by starvation, Elisa devises ever new ways to survive. She even escapes from her death march and the young communist punks who try to rape her. Max fights the losing battles of the homefront, manned by volunteers, like himself, who lack training and supplies. Only when Germany supports them do they have a chance. Time is of the essence. Can they get to Riga before their parents are executed? For some they come too late.

Elisa is liberated in more ways than one.

 

 


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