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Fiona Valpy is a bestselling author whose books have sold millions of copies and received translations into dozens of languages. People know her primarily for writing historical fiction. The author accomplished her dreams because she took a gamble.
Order of Escape To France Series
|1||The Season of Dreams||2022||Description / Buy|
|2||The Recipe for Hope||2022||Description / Buy|
|3||Light Through the Vines||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of French For... Series
|1||The French for Love||2013||Description / Buy|
|2||The French for Always||2014||Description / Buy|
|3||The French for Christmas||2014||Description / Buy|
Order of Fiona Valpy Standalone Novels
|1||Sea of Memories||2018||Description / Buy|
|2||The Beekeeper's Promise||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||The Dressmaker's Gift||2019||Description / Buy|
|4||The Skylark's Secret||2020||Description / Buy|
|5||The Storyteller of Casablanca||2021||Description / Buy|
|6||The Cypress Maze||2023||Description / Buy|
She left a nice job and the security it offered to migrate to France with her husband. While there, she made several friends, pursued new hobbies, and found the time to write. Valpy sent her first novel to several agents, but they kept rejecting her.
So she changed tactics (after reading an article about indie publishing) and self-published the manuscript. Initially, sales picked up, but only because her friends and family had convinced everyone they knew to buy the book.
Once she had exhausted the purchasing power of her social network, the author was at a loss. But then she discovered Bookouture. The publisher was new, and they wanted authors to submit their manuscripts.
Valpy obliged, and to her shock, Bookouture accepted her submission. However, they wanted her to re-write the book, a challenging task that Valpy undertook all the same, assisted by a team of diligent professionals. The novel finally hit bookshelves in 2013.
The author is obsessed with World War 2. The era fascinates her because those years are recent enough that people remember them. The individuals who lived through WWII still exist. But they are dying off at a rapid rate, and Valpy believes that authors should record their first-hand testimonies for future generations before their voices vanish forever.
Valpy has also noted that laypeople know more about WWII today because so many documents have been declassified. Governments worldwide continue to release new information revealing facts about the Second World War that were previously hidden.
This has created opportunities for people like Fiona Valpy to tell fresh stories about the era. The author is drawn to tales of courage and resilience. She takes a particular interest in the trials women faced during those days, the fact that they felt disempowered but, nonetheless, continued to forge notable identities for themselves during one of the worst conflicts in human history.
Her research has shown Valpy that WWII did more for women than some of her modern readers realize because it freed them from society’s limitations. Speaking of research, Valpy tries to visit the countries and locations that appear in her books.
This isn’t always possible. For instance, the covid 19 pandemic forced the author to cancel her trip to Morocco. So she closed the gaps in her knowledge by reading travel guides and looking at maps.
When she has the opportunity to journey to a location, Valpy uses YouTube videos to identify the best places to visit. The internet will also educate her on the historical figures she wants to cover.
The author writes her first draft with a pen and paper. Then she types the book in Word, editing as she goes.
Fiona Valpy Awards
Valpy has received Romantic Novel, British Book, Walter Scott, and Saltire Award nominations.
Best Fiona Valpy Books
The author teaches yoga in her spare time. Even though she was a yoga practitioner before going to France, she finally secured a yoga teaching qualification after the move. Valpy’s best books include:
The Dressmaker’s Gift: Three seamstresses were struggling to survive in 1940 in a city occupied by the Nazis. But they all had secrets, especially Mirielle. Scared by the war, she was now working with the Resistance. Meanwhile, Claire had allowed a German officer’s charms to seduce her. Vivienne wouldn’t even reveal her secret to the others.
Centuries later, Claire’s granddaughter has come to Paris in the hopes of finding herself.
The Beekeeper’s Promise: Eliane Martin was tending the beehives in Chateau Bellevue’s garden when she met Mathieu Dubosq in 1938. Mathieu was Eliane’s first love. She knew better than to hope for a bright future for them. After all, war was looming over the horizon. The Nazis had France in their crosshairs.
But Eliane couldn’t help it. She was determined to maintain an optimistic perspective. Her dreams were shattered when the German occupation separated her from Mathieu. She responded by joining the Resistance. She would give her all to defend France.
Several decades later, Abi Howes has just secured a place at the Chateau Bellevue for the summer. She wants to heal her heartbreak by starting anew. Soon, Abi will become enthralled by the tale of one remarkable woman.
When Does The Next Fiona Valpy book come out?
Fiona Valpy doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Cypress Maze and was released on July, 18th 2023.