Title: SEARCHING FOR GERTRUDE
Author: D.E. Haggerty
Genre: Historical Romance
While growing up in Germany in the 1930s, Rudolf falls in love with the girl next door, Gertrude. He doesn’t care what religion Gertrude practices, but the Nazis do. When the first antisemitic laws are enacted by the Nazi government, Gertrude’s father loses his job at the local university. Unable to find employment in Germany, he accepts a position at Istanbul University and moves the family to Turkey. Rudolf, desperate to follow Gertrude, takes a position as a consulate worker in Istanbul with the very government which caused her exile. With Rudolf finally living in the same city as Gertrude, their reunion should be inevitable, but he can’t find her. During his search for Gertrude, he stumbles upon Rosalyn, an American Jew working as a nanny in the city. Upon hearing his heartbreaking story, she immediately agrees to help him search for his lost love. Willing to do anything in their search for Gertrude, they agree to work for a British intelligence officer who promises his assistance, but his demands endanger Rudolf and Rosalyn. As the danger increases and the search for Gertrude stretches on, Rudolf and Rosalyn grow close, but Rudolf gave his heart away long ago.
How far would you go to find the woman you love?
Rudolf allowed himself a moment to feel disappointment at this news. The fear of never finding Gertrude gnawed at his stomach. He gave himself a few moments to swim in the fear before boxing it up and placing the box in a corner of his mind out of his immediate reach. “Do you think you could ask him?”
Rosalyn stared out at the water. The twins were still running around. Now, playing a game of hide and seek, which consisted more of seeking and slapping than hiding. She didn’t appear to see them as she contemplated the implications of seeking out her boss and telling him she’d made friends with a German. Even though the professor was a German himself, he had nothing good to say about his fellow countrymen. He often let loose at the dinner table with his opinions without any regard for sparing anyone’s feelings.
Michael Hirsch was also undoubtedly in love with his wife. No one could miss the tender way his eyes searched her out. No matter when he arrived home, he immediately went in search of his wife and giggling could often be heard once he found his target. The man knew what love was. Rosalyn simply had to present Rudolf’s story as an epic love story. The professor would then be powerless not to help.
Mind made up, she nodded. “I’ll talk to Professor Hirsch. He can’t fire me for befriending you. His wife would lose her mind if she had to take care of the children without my help again.” As if to emphasize the idea, the twins screamed and tried to grab a seagull that had been minding its own business.
“Thank you.” He sighed in relief. He hadn’t reached yet another dead end.
Rosalyn took a deep breath before forcing herself to say the words she’d rehearsed before arriving at the park today. “You need to prepare yourself for what you might learn.”
Rudolf shrugged. “Nothing can be worse than the not knowing.” He stared out over the water. “Besides, I’ll just follow her if she’s no longer in Istanbul.”
Was he being deliberately obtuse? “You might not be able to follow where she’s gone.” She wasn’t sure he understood the underlying meaning of her words until he turned to her with a face ravaged with grief.
“I will follow her wherever she’s gone. Wherever.”
Rosalyn didn’t want to think about what those words obviously meant. She’d worry about his words if their search was unsuccessful, not before. She nodded before pushing swiftly to her feet.
About the Author
Dena (aka D.E.) grew-up reading everything she could get her grubby hands on from her mom’s Harlequin romances to Nancy Drew to Little Women. When she wasn’t flipping pages in a library book, she was penning horrendous poems, writing songs no one should ever sing, or drafting stories, which she is very thankful have been destroyed. College and a stint in the U.S. Army came along and robbed her of any free time to write or read, although on the odd occasion she did manage to sneak a book into her rucksack between rolled up socks, MRIs, t-shirts, and cold weather gear. After surviving the army experience, she went back to school and got her law degree. She jumped ship and joined the hubby in the Netherlands before the graduation ceremony could even begin. A few years into her legal career, she was exhausted, fed up, and just plain done. She quit her job and sat down to write a manuscript, which she promptly hid in the attic after returning to the law. But being a lawyer really wasn’t her thing, so she quit (again!) and went off to Germany to start a B&B. Turns out being a B&B owner wasn’t her thing either. She polished off that manuscript languishing in the attic before following the husband to Istanbul where she decided to give the whole writer-thing a go. But ten years was too many to stay away from her adopted home. She packed up again and moved back to the Netherlands (The Hague to be exact) where she’s currently working on her next book. She hopes she’ll always be working on another book.
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