A powerful and heartbreaking WWII historical novel for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and Beneath a Scarlet Sky.
A secret past. A forbidden love. A terrifying choice.
Her past could kill you.
Guernsey, 1940. As war storms through Europe, Churchill orders the evacuation of all military personnel from the island. Boats ferry soldiers and vulnerable young children to England, leaving their parents and loved ones behind to face the invading German army on their own.
Her love could save you.
One of the few remaining policemen on the island, Jack must protect not only his friends and family, but also the woman he loves: Johanna, a Jewish nurse from Germany, whose secret faith could prove fatal to them both.
Her fate is in your hands.
When the Nazis arrive, everything changes. Jack is forced to come to terms with the pain and loss of a world re-making itself around him. And then a list of Jews on the island is drawn up, and he must make an awful choice: write down Johanna’s name and condemn her, or resist and put his family in immediate danger…
Readers LOVE M. J. Hollows
‘Absolutely heart breaking. Absolutely brilliant. Absolutely riveting… Read it with tissues close by – you're going to need them.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely wonderful book, can't recommend it enough!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Absolutely fantastic.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘The further I got into the story, the more I wanted to read and the quicker the pages turned. At one point, the pages were turning that quickly that it was almost as if they were turning themselves.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘A wonderful book… I really enjoyed this story.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
‘Will make you cry (I did!)… Incredibly well crafted with well-rounded characters. Heart-wrenching and thought-provoking, this is definitely not to be missed by historical fiction fans.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
About the author
Michael J. Hollows was born in London in 1986, and moved to Liverpool in 2010 to lecture in Audio Engineering. With a keen interest in history, music, and science, he has told stories since he was little. Goodbye for Now, published in Oct 2018, is his first novel, which he started as part of his MA in Writing from Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2015. Michael also writes for Black Library and his first short story Ashes of Grimnir is available now. He is currently researching towards a PhD in Creative Writing, working on his next novel.