Just before their B-17 bomber crashes in German-occupied Austria, two of the three remaining crewmen manage to parachute out of the aircraft. Captain Charlie Banks and Corporal Samuel Aldridge find shelter in a barn, where they are discovered by a beautiful young Austrian woman. Despite the danger to herself and her family, Marianne Leichtner decides to help the two Americans. Her courage and character soon win Charlie’s heart.
When the Nazis come to investigate the plane crash, Charlie and Sam must escape through enemy territory. Just steps from freedom, they are captured by Italian fascists. Survival takes on a new meaning for the airmen, and Charlie begins to questions everything, including his faith. Only the hope of seeing Marianne again keeps him going over the long months in prison. But if he survives, will she still care for him? And will Charlie learn to trust in the Lord’s promises?
Melanie Mason is an author, designer, and ight attendant all rolled into one. She graduated from utah State university with a degree in communications. She has told stories all her life and her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She hopes to be on an airplane one day and see someone reading one of her books. Melanie lives in Portland, oregon—with her two dachshund Chihuahua dogs—where the beauty of the Paci c Northwest feeds her imagination, and the rainy winter evenings encourage her to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book.
Melanie’s rst book, The Line That Divides (2014), is a historical romance set against the stunning backdrop of World War II Austria. Her second book, The Ring of Remaliha (2015), is a romantic suspense novel about an archaeologist who must solve the puzzle of an ancient egyptian ring.
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Steps sounded on the filthy tile behind him, and then the colonel’s voice echoed against the bare walls in perfect English. “I’m sorry for the accommodations, Captain Banks, but at this point we don’t have much choice. I’m certain Commander Copelli will want to make sure you are being held here. For some reason he doesn’t like you or Corporal Aldridge.”
“Because he couldn’t break us.” Charlie stared at the ground, his brows furrowed. “You won’t either, sir.”
“Oh, I don’t plan to break you, Captain. if I had my way, you’d already be on a train to the south or to France, but Copelli’s interference might cause some problems with my operation.”
Charlie head snapped up and his gaze was captured by a pair of eyes identical to Marianne’s. He couldn’t speak.
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