War Torn Book 1

An unforgettable romantic historical novel that takes you deep into the heart of World War II… Set against the backdrop of this devastating conflict, this captivating story follows the journey of Frances Meyer, a talented violin virtuoso with a mixed heritage, as she battles for survival amidst the ravages of war and the looming threat from a once-trusted friend. It is October 1942, and as Frances desperately attempts to flee France with her ailing Jewish husband, fate intervenes, leaving her shipwrecked and alone in the treacherous waters of the Atlantic. Just when hope seems lost, an unexpected rescue comes in the form of a German U-boat commanded by the enigmatic Kapitan Kristian Mueller. Frances must now navigate the profound loss of her husband and adjust to the harsh realities of life aboard a U-boat. Amidst the relentless roar of engines, the pungent scent of diesel, and the stifling confines of the vessel, Frances finds herself surrounded by fifty young men exuding testosterone. It is within this tense and confined space that an unlikely connection blossoms between Frances and Mueller, culminating in a forbidden affair that both captivates and torments them. However, their passionate entanglement is abruptly severed when the U-boat returns to port, tearing Frances from the arms of her lover. Arrested by the SS, she is interned in the grim confines of Drancy holding camp, where she forms a bond with a young Jewish woman, learning the art of survival from her. But when they are transported to the notorious Auschwitz, Frances discovers that survival itself becomes an almost insurmountable challenge, especially when threats emerge from both sides, eager to see her perish. A gripping tale of love, resilience, and the unyielding spirit of the human soul in the face of unspeakable atrocities. With meticulously researched historical detail and deeply evocative storytelling, this novel will transport you to a world where survival is a daily battle, and love becomes a beacon of hope in the darkest of times. A heart-wrenching tale of forbidden love and unbreakable spirit in a war-torn world…

Meet Jan Lloyd

War Torn has spent 30 years in my wardrobe and at the age of 72 I have decided it should see light. Book 1 was published at the end of March and Book 2 will hopefully be published by this Autumn. I retired from teaching a few years ago and since then have made my home in beautiful Mid Wales in a tiny hamlet with outstanding views. Just the place to carry on writing.

When We Were Brave


In WHEN WE WERE BRAVE, we find a conflicted SS officer, Wilhelm Falk, who risks everything to escape the Wehrmacht and get out the message about the death camps. Izaak is a young Jewish boy whose positive outlook is challenged daily as each new perilous situation comes along. American citizens, Herbert Müller and his family, are sent back to the hellish landscape of Germany because of the DNA coursing through their veins. In the panorama of World War II, these are the high-stakes plots and endearing characters whose braided fates we pray will work out in the end.

I Only Wanted to Live: The Struggle of a Boy to Survive the Holocaust


A broad picture of the Holocaust from the point of view of a child

This book is a memoir of a child who is swept into the whirlwind of the Holocaust. The epic history is narrowed down to the struggle of a single boy nicknamed Leosz to survive the war. From age 7 to age 13, he endures all the horrors that the Holocaust brings upon the Jewish people. Life hangs on split-second timing, decision-making in impossibly cruel circumstances, incredible resourcefulness, luck and the help of others, even Germans.

In the Krakow Ghetto, Leosz is saved from three mass deportations to the death camps. He escapes the ghetto, survives for several weeks pretending to be a

Polish street child, and then goes into hiding. Although sentenced to die after being caught, he is instead miraculously reunited with his family in the Plaszow labor camp. A year later, father and son become slave laborers in the Gozen 2 camp in Austria, where his father perishes. Close to death himself, Leosz is finally liberated by the American army on May 5th, 1945.

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