Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for With Kisses From Cecile by Jan Agnello & Anne Armistead. Thank you to Historical Fiction Book Tours for my spot on this tour! Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
Publication Date: September 12, 2019
eBook & Paperback
Genre: Historical Fiction
A heartbroken Maggie travels to Paris to visit the grave of her great-grandmother’s French pen pal Cécile and uncovers 100-year-old secrets that give her courage to rebuild her own life.
Maggie Ruth Mitchell’s failed attempt at reconciliation with her unfaithful husband has left her more confused than ever—and with a consequence that will change her life forever. Heartbroken, Maggie travels to Paris to visit the grave of Cécile, the French pen pal of her great-grandmother Ruth. Reading Cécile’s letters and learning about Ruth’s past gives Maggie not only an understanding of the strength and courage of the women in her family—all sharing the name Ruth—but also allows Maggie to find her way forward.
In the year 1919 following World War 1, two young girls, Ruth and Cécile, find each other through a Pen Pal program between American and French students. In their letters they share their dreams and bare their heartaches. A tragic death of a loved one has torn Ruth’s family apart, leaving her with a dark secret to hide. Cécile, having survived the bombs that devastated Paris, is battling against consumption. Ruth draws courage from her pen pal’s inspiring letters, each signed With Kisses from Cécile, to face what fate brings.
With Kisses From Cecile is probably not something I would have grabbed a year ago. I am so happy I am reading historical fiction now, because I was missing out on awesome stories like this. This novel is based on a true story of Jan Agnello’s great-grandmother Ruth and her pen pal, Cecile. It’s a lovely historical tale of a beautiful friendship. Poignant and breathtakingly written.
I love the dual timelines in this novel. In the present, Maggie is given the letters between Ruth and Cecile. In the Past, Ruth has just moved in with her grandfather after the tragic death of her brother. She joins a pen pal program and receives her first letter from Cecile.
It’s fascinating to hear about all of the history going on in this story. The women are strong characters and beautifully represented in this novel. I love that this is co-written by Jan Agnello & Anne Armistead – you can’t tell. It’s seamlessly written and wonderful.
I definitely recommend checking this out. It’s a well-written, wonderful story about a friendship that captured my heart. I absolutely loved it.
JAN AGNELLO comes from several generations of hobbiest antiquers. Her love of stories behind the antiques inspired her in 2013 to form Storyology Design, now Storyology Design and Publication. The necklaces Jan crafts from antique coin purses have generated a loyal customer following and garnered attention from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, jewelry network executives, and TV and film costume designers. Her love of books, romance, history, and unique jewelry design led her to collaborate with author Anne Armistead to offer a series of historical novels, each paired with heirloom quality jewelry named for the female protagonist. The first in the series, WITH KISSES FROM CÉCILE, is a story of love and redemption drawn from Jan’s family history. It is paired with THE CÉCILE JEWELRY COLLECTION. Visit storyologydesign.com to learn more about Jan and Storyology.
ANNE ARMISTEAD is a writer of historical romance. She earned her English literature degree from the University of Georgia and her MFA in creative writing from Spalding University. Her background includes project management with AT&T and teaching English at the middle, high, and college levels. She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the Georgia Writers of Romance. WITH KISSES FROM CÉCILE is her second romance, following the publication of DANGEROUS CONJURINGS (Soul Mate Publishing, April 2018). Anne writes for and serves as an editor for Storyology Design and Publication. Visit annearmisteadauthor.comto learn more about Anne and her novels.
Follow the tour:
Tuesday, September 10
Review at Gwendalyn’s Books
Wednesday, September 11
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit
Tuesday, September 17
Review at Melissa Reads
During the Blog Tour, we are giving away a paperback copy of With Kisses From Cecile!
– Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on September 17th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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