An Act of Love

An Act of Love

A sweeping and evocative love story about bravery and courage in our darkest hours


Be swept away with this breathtaking and beautifully written wartime romance set deep in the French Alps, from the bestselling author behind Channel 5's Carol Drinkwater's Secret Provence

'A moving story of love and friendship' KATE MOSSE
'Each sentence shimmers' MY WEEKLY
'A virtual hug of a tale' JOANNE HARRIS
'Exciting, evocative' DAILY MAIL
'Emotional and moving' FIONA VALPY
'A beautiful book' WOMAN & HOME, Historical Novels of the Year

France, 1943.

Forced to flee war ravaged Poland, seventeen-year-old Sara and her parents find refuge in a dilapidated house in the French Alps. On first glance it seems the perfect hideaway.

But soon the Nazis close in, casting a shadow over Sara's blissful summer and her blossoming romance with handsome local villager Alain.

Eventually the family must make a harrowing choice, one that could drive them apart forever and risk several lives.

Will they make it through the summer?

Will the family find each other again?

And can Sara hold onto the love she has found with Alain?


'Romantic, evocative, and pulse racingly dramatic' WENDY HOLDEN

A moving story of love, friendship and bravery that simply races along' WOMAN'S WEEKLY

'A terrific story . . . skilfully written and heart-rending' MIRIAM MARGOLYES

'So evocative of the south of France - you can almost smell the maquis . . . Engrossing' Reader Review

'Sara's story is both moving and inspiring' Sheila O'Flanagan, bestselling author of The Women Who Ran Away

'Great storyline, great characters. A thoroughly enjoyable read' Reader Review

'I enjoyed it very much . . . it's her best' Elizabeth Buchan, author of The Museum of Broken Promises

'A wonderful, enjoyable novel with courage and survival at its heart' Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The Wild Hunt series

'One not to be missed ... tells a part of history that should never be forgotten' Shirley Dickson, author of The Lost Children

Praise for Carol Drinkwater:

'I was hooked from the start' Dinah Jefferies

'Carol Drinkwater's writing is like taking an amazing holiday in book form' Jenny Colgan

'Beautifully woven and compelling' Rowan Coleman

'Secrets, tragedy, hidden pasts and family secrets - I loved this' Santa Montefiore


  • A lovely novel. A moving story of love and friendship with a wonderful sense of place
    Kate Mosse

About the author

Carol Drinkwater

Carol Drinkwater is a multi-award-winning actress who is best known for her portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC television series All Creatures Great and Small. Her quartet of memoirs set on her olive farm in the south of France have sold over a million copies worldwide and her solo journey round the Mediterranean in search of the olive tree's mythical secrets inspired a five-part documentary film series, The Olive Route. She is also the author of novels The Forgotten Summer, The Lost Girl and The House on the Edge of the Cliff. She lives in the south of France.
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