Interview with Grace Tonquin from Melanie Dobson’s The Winter Rose – Novel PASTimes

Novel PASTimes: Thanks for becoming a member of us, Grace. You’ve had fairly a journey in your life.

Grace: I’m grateful for each the ups and downs.

Novel PASTimes: You’re grateful for the downs?

Grace: These are the occasions, I feel, after I’ve felt God’s presence essentially the most. At the hours of darkness seasons whereas I served in France after which throughout the even darker years that adopted.

Novel PASTimes: You’ve quoted Psalm 27 very often alongside the best way.

Grace: “The Lord is my mild and my salvation; whom shall I worry?” That reminder gave me braveness to proceed on.

Novel PASTimes: What number of youngsters did you and Roland take care of in France?

Grace: I’m not sure. The American Associates Service Committee stored the numbers. I used to be targeted on the every day wants of the refugee children till we realized that we needed to get those that remained with us out of France.

Novel PASTimes: What number of youngsters did you escort throughout the mountains?

Grace: Twelve . . . not less than we began with twelve. One needed to flip again.

Novel PASTimes: I don’t suppose you possibly can inform us who . . .

Grace: That’s not my story to inform.

Novel PASTimes: You’re a hero to each a type of children.

Grace: A servant, my pal. Answering when our Lord calls.

Novel PASTimes: Are you able to inform us what occurred to Charlie?

Grace: His life was a miracle, however I don’t wish to spoil the ending of the ebook.

Novel PASTimes: Truthful sufficient. May you inform us as an alternative the importance of the winter rose?

Grace: A winter rose can develop wild within the mountains, in essentially the most rugged terrain. It appears to be like fragile however it’s very robust, defying the winds and chilly climate with its energy. A winter rose reveals magnificence and energy, I feel, within the hardest of circumstances.

Novel PASTimes: Thanks for not giving up on the kids in France.

Grace: My husband and I’ve been blessed past what we might have ever imagined in our years collectively. It’s an honor to share our story.

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The Winter Rose

On this gripping WWII time-slip novel from the creator whose books have been referred to as “propulsive” and a “must-read” (Publishers Weekly), Grace Tonquin is an American Quaker who works tirelessly in Vichy France to rescue Jewish youngsters from the Nazis. After crossing the treacherous Pyrénées, Grace returns house to Oregon with a brother and sister whose dad and mom had been misplaced throughout the struggle. Although Grace and her husband love Élias and Marguerite as their very own, echoes of Grace’s previous and trauma from the Holocaust tear the Tonquin household aside.

Greater than fifty years after they disappear, Addie Hoult arrives at Tonquin Lake, hoping to search out the Tonquin household. For Addie, the thriller is a matter of life and loss of life for her beloved mentor Charlie, who’s battling a genetic illness. Although Charlie refuses to debate his ties to the elusive Tonquins, discovering them is the one strategy to save his life and mend the injuries from his damaged previous.


Melanie Dobson is the award-winning creator of greater than twenty historic romance, suspense, and time-slip novels, together with her newest, The Winter Rose. 5 of her novels have received Carol Awards; Catching the Wind and Recollections of Glass had been nominated for a Christy Award within the historic fiction class; Catching the Wind received an Audie Award within the inspirational fiction class; and The Black Cloister received the Foreword journal Spiritual Fiction Ebook of the Yr. Melanie is the previous company publicity supervisor at Deal with the Household and proprietor of the publicity agency Dobson Media Group. When she isn’t writing, Melanie enjoys instructing each writing and public relations courses. Melanie and her husband, Jon, have two daughters and stay close to Portland, Oregon. Go to Melanie on-line at

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