The Promise of Tomorrow

Charlotte Brookes flees her lecherous guardian, McBride, taking her younger sister with her. After a year on the road, they stumble into a Yorkshire village. There, they are taken in by the Wheelers, owners of the village shop. This new life is strange for Charlotte, but preferable to living with McBride or surviving on the roads. 
Harry Belmont is an important man in the village, but he’s missing something in his life. His budding friendship with Charlotte gives him hope she will feel more for him one day, and he will have the woman he needs. 
However, when McBride finds out where Charlotte lives, his threats begin, and Harry takes it upon himself to keep Charlotte safe. Only, World War I erupts and Harry enlists. 
Left to face a world of new responsibilities, and Harry’s difficult sister, Charlotte must run the gauntlet of family disputes, McBride's constant harassment and the possibility of the man she loves being killed.
Can Charlotte find the happiness that always seems under threat, and will Harry return home to her?
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Favorite time period in history, and why?
I enjoy the Edwardian/WWI era because of all the changes that happened during that time.

Before World War One generally women were at home raising children. They had no voice in the world, little or no power. During WWI women had to step into the roles previously held only by men. They had to go to work and leave the home to help with the war effort. With the men away, woman were faced with a freedom they’d never had before. It must have been intoxicating for them, especially the working class women who’d never experience the freedom of being away from the home before. Even the higher class ladies had opportunities to become nurses, ambulance drivers and work in various other war time roles. Then, after WWI, the world changed again and women couldn’t be silent anymore. They weren’t happy to just be at home and have no control. They became more prominent in history and started governing their lives by fighting to get the vote, to have parliament change laws to be fairer to women, etc. It’s all so fascinating.

I also find WWI so interesting because for the first time it required whole countries to come together to fight a common cause. This changed attitudes, it changed the way in which people lived. The class system, especially in places such as England became narrower. Rich men were fighting alongside poor men. Men who had nothing back home could become a hero in war, they could find companionship with their fellow soldiers, there was a sense of everyone being in it together. WWI created national pride and togetherness. That is inspiring. Of course there is the tragedy of so many men dying, of the huge numbers lost from a generation. There was devastation to families, to countries, and even though we won the war, the cost was unimaginable to those families who lost loved ones.

WWI also was an era of great strides in industry and inventions, which made improvements in the home. Motor cars became more fashionable, the railways grew in prominence, it was the start of the aeroplane, medicine and medical procedures became more advanced. Fashion changed, women no longer had to endure the large hooped petticoats and layers of petticoats. Clothes became more manageable to do activities such a riding a bicycle, swimming, horse riding, etc, again giving women more freedom and independence.

So much happened in the Edwardian/WWI era that is gives an author a huge scope for ideas.

Author Bio –
Australian born AnneMarie Brear writes historical novels and modern romances and sometimes the odd short story, too. Her passions, apart from writing, are travelling, reading, researching historical eras and looking for inspiration for her next book.

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