An Act of Love

An Act of Love

A Novel

Carol Drinkwater


  • Description
  • Author
  • Info
  • Reviews


Hiding from Nazis in the French Alps, a teenage girl is torn between love and safety in this “exciting, evocative” novel by the international bestselling author (Daily Mail).

Jews fleeing Poland in 1943, Sara and her family are hiding from the horrors of World War II in a house in the mountains in France. Sara is enjoying the beauty of her surroundings, the temporary respite from danger—and her blossoming romance with the villager Alain. But the Germans remain a looming and ever-present menace.

When that threat becomes too close for comfort, Sara’s parents decide it is time to move on again, hoping to reach Italy and, finally, Palestine. However, Sara wants only to remain with Alain—a harrowing choice that will mean not only parting from her mother and father but joining the fight waged by the French Resistance and risking her life for love and freedom.

“A moving story of love and friendship with a wonderful sense of place.” —Kate Mosse, bestselling author of Labyrinth

“Carol Drinkwater’s writing is like taking an amazing holiday in book form.” —Jenny Colgan, New York Times–bestselling author of The House at the Edge of the Cliff


Carol Drinkwater:

An acclaimed author and filmmaker, Anglo-Irish actress Carol Drinkwater is most familiar to audiences for her award-winning portrayal of Helen Herriot in the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small.

After discovering olive trees on the grounds of her property in the south of France, Carol and her husband, Michel, became producers of top-quality olive oil. Carol’s books recounting her experiences on her farm, the Olive Farm series, have become international bestsellers and inspired a multi-part documentary series entitled The Olive Route. Carol was invited to work with UNESCO to help fund an Olive Heritage Trail around the Mediterranean with the dual goals of creating peace in the region and honoring the ancient heritage of the olive tree.