What drew you to the setting of this novel?
While my USAF-pilot husband was stationed at RAF Lakenheath in England, we had
occasional opportunity to visit the Continent. Once, some wonderful friends babysat our three
small children for five days while Dean and I toured the Normandy beaches, Bayeux, Versailles,
and Paris. Five years later we took our children, who were then old enough to appreciate it more,
to Euro Disney, and made a side daytrip to Paris.
I glimpsed just enough of the historical sites in France to be fascinated but was too ignorant
to fully appreciate the experience. In more recent years, while studying European history and
reading some of the great novels set during the French Revolution, my fascination grew. Any
great book needs plenty of tension, and what time period and location offers greater tension than
Now I would love to return and walk through the Jardin des Tuileries and the Place du
Carrousel with a realization of what happened there all those years ago—not to mention the
Place de la Concorde (aka Place Louis XV and Place de la Révolution), where so many were
guillotined. While I wrote this book, these people and events became real to me, not simply
markers in history.
|Jill at Versailles—July 1990|
Jill Stengl is the author of numerous romance novels including Inspirational Reader's Choice Award- and Carol Award-winning Faithful Traitor, and the bestselling novella, Fresh Highland Heir. She lives with her husband in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, where she enjoys her three cats, teaching a high school English Lit. class, playing keyboard for her church family, and sipping coffee on the deck as she brainstorms for her next novel.
She blogs at Books, Cats, and Whimsy. Do stop by and follow her to keep up with all her writing and reading-related activities!
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Colette and her brother Pascoe are two sides of the same coin, dependent upon one another in
the tumultuous world of the new Republic. Together they labor with other leaders of the sans-
culottes to ensure freedom for all the downtrodden men and women of France.
But then the popular uprisings turn bloody and the rhetoric proves false. Suddenly, Colette
finds herself at odds with Pascoe and struggling to unite her fractured family against the lure
of violence. Charged with protecting an innocent young woman and desperately afraid of
losing one of her beloved brothers, Colette doesn’t know where to turn or whom to trust as the
bloodshed creeps ever closer to home.
Until that distant day when peace returns to France, can she find the strength to defend her loved
ones . . . even from one another?
"Jill Stengl is one of the rare authors with the ability to transport the reader to another world--a
delightfully rich world of scent and sight and sound.” – Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of
Echoes of Mercy
“Award-winning author Jill Stengl has created her greatest work yet in the inspiring and moving
Until That Distant Day.” Jill Eileen Smith, bestselling author of the Wives of King David series.
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