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The Fortress by Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey - Book Tour + Giveaway

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The Fortress
by Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey


GENRE:   WWII Historical



The war has not made much of difference in Alix’s life. Her father has seen to it that she grows up 
unaware, unworried, but safe in her tiny village under the cliffs of the Vercors. All around her he has 
built a fortress whose walls are impregnable—until the 27th of April, 1944. That day he makes a 
stupid mistake up on the cliff, and the walls of the Fortress start crashing down. 
Reality breaks into Alix’s life with unrelenting violence, unforeseen possibilities. From now on, 
every decision she makes will mean life or death.


Six weeks before D-Days, a thousand kilometers from the beaches of Normandy.

There are no generals in the French Vercors, just a handful of men and women against the Nazi war 
machine. They come from Bretagne, Paris, and Slovenia, and the villages up on the cliff. 
They are the Fortress.



“By now they already know something has happened, and sooner than later you’ll be linked to 
Rieder’s disappearance. Now if they catch you, you will talk…”

“What makes you so sure of that?”

“You will talk, and then it becomes my problem. But that’s only part of it. 
Once they figure out he’s dead, they’ll come for us too, and again that’s my problem. 
Then there is the fact that my people, your co-dissidents whom you didn’t consult, want to kill you.” 
He was leaning against a joist, head down, eyes almost closed. “They think you are an informer.”

“And that’s your problem?” she snapped.

“Whether you like it or not.”


Guest Post

Why did I choose WWII as the period for the book?

I was born in a small village nestled under the Vercors cliffs, an area that saw a lot of action during WWII. It was where a couple of dreamers envisioned a plan to build an army of resistants that would support Anvil, the Allied landing on the French Mediterranean coast.
I grew up there long after the liberation, on the wrong side of glory. 
Three of my uncles were condemned to death for collaborating with the Vichy government and betraying C2, a Resistance camp located at Malleval, to the Nazis. Their sentences were later commuted to forced labor, but the national disgrace verdict stood, and they had to leave the area to avoid being murdered. Despite the death threats, my father— who had fought with honor during the war—decided to stay. The legacy, hard to overcome in a community mauled by four years of occupation and violence, is my first personal connection to this story.

Then, there is the Vercors itself. Breathtakingly beautiful, dangerous, a natural playground for all extreme sport lovers. Rock climbing, canyoning, spelunking, skiing, it’s all there. But for me, it’s home. It’s where my ancestors have lived and are buried, under those same cliffs.

It is a battle well-known to Historians and military strategists that got surprisingly little artistic treatment. The Fortress is a dream of freedom, a heroic battle, a military disaster, but also redemptive last stand. Many books have been written on the subject, but no fiction, and in fact, I was frustrated by the dryness of the accounts which I felt did not reflect the human dimension of that battle.
There are also small things, like a Sten machine gun I found in the mud of a summer creek, 
with this inscription, Pour ma Suzon Cherie, June 12, 1944
or the story of a fifteen-year old boy, a resistant fighter whose name is forgotten, 
who was tortured and murdered by the Nazis in the summer of 1944.
I wanted to do justice to the conflicting truths of men, women, families, rivals, religions, collaborators, communists, nationalists and simple French patriots during the Nazi occupation of my beloved Alp mountains. The plot is simply a way to let them speak for themselves.
But there in the middle of my noble historical mission, a love story was born, and once it took roots, it drove the narrative. Marc has pledged his life to defend the Vercors, and he is a man of his word. It is with genuine distress that he discovers his growing attraction to Alix, and he fights it. The tension that builds between them, driven by irrepressible feelings and conflict, is shaped by the violence that unfolds around them, rather than superficial sexual drama. That love story made the writing almost hypnotic for me.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey was born in the French Alps, moved to the United States 
twenty-five years later, and currently lives in the mountains of Virginia with her husband, 
two daughters, and Mikko.




Madeleine Romeyer Dherbey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly 
drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the opportunity to read about another great book. With so many readers in my family, always great to hear about more choices I think they'd enjoy reading.Having a family who loves to read, I always


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