This week we welcome Sandra Orchard to Author Memories.
Married with three grown children, when not writing, she enjoys hanging out with family, brainstorming new stories with fellow writers, and walking her dog in God's beautiful creation.
She loves to connect with readers, and has created some “novel extras” to enhance readers’ experience of her books.
No Time To Wave Goodbye
by Sandra Orchard
You see my mom was evacuated from London during the war. Torn from her home, she and some of her brothers and sisters were loaded onto trains and shipped to the country. In the last months before my mom died, I asked her to tell me about that time.
She said that they’d stayed at one place where the adults were very nice. It sounded like a children’s home by the number of children who were there. Her most vivid memory (one she had trotted out a few times when I was a child and asked for more water in the bathtub) was of sharing the same two inches of bath water with all the children, one after another. She also remembered standing on a cliff, looking over the landscape when the wind picked her up. If her sister hadn’t grabbed her in time, my mom was certain she’d have blown away.
The second home she was placed in wasn’t as pleasant. Five children shared the same bed, alternating head to toe. My mom was five and scared of the family’s dog. They had no indoor plumbing so going to the bathroom in the middle of the night was an ordeal. More than once she had an accident, which infuriated the mother of the house. When Mom’s parents traveled down from London to visit and heard what was going on, they took my mom home with them and wouldn’t let the authorities send her away again.
After her death, I read the book No Time to Wave Goodbye by Ben Wicks about children evacuated from London during the war, so named because oftentimes the children were shuffled out of the city so quickly that there was no time for goodbyes.
Reading the book, I felt as if I’d stepped into my mother’s past and was seeing her life from a whole new perspective. What a gift parents give their children when they share their family history.
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Shades of Truth, Love Inspired Suspense, March 2011
But Kim Corbett won’t tell Ethan anything— even when she’s threatened and attacked.
When Ethan discovers what Kim is protecting, his guarded heart opens just a bit wider. Enough to make this the most dangerous assignment of his career.
Fighting for justice puts their lives—and hearts—on the line.
Book 1 - Deep Cover, Sept 2011
Book 2 - Shades of Truth, Mar 2012
Book 3 - Critical Condition, coming Oct 2012
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