To keep the lines of communications open between families and soldiers in World War 1, to give hope to those in occupied Belgium and Northern France, brave men and women had to step forward. The Germans promised to deal with these couriers 'severely.' And records indicate that some were executed. But who were the leaders?
Legend has it that a priest set up a underground letter carrier service after one of his parishioners witnessed a courier trying to extort money from an old woman in exchange for a letter from her son. When the old woman couldn't pay the outrageous fees, the letter was torn up in front of her eyes. When Father de Moor and Belgian businessman Van Doren set up their postal service, letters were carried for free.
But that wasn't the only lines of communications these two men opened. Beginning in 1915, they along with an editor named Jourdain started an underground newspaper called La Libre Belgique (The Free Belgium). Despite offering a reward of 50,000 francs for their capture, the Germans remained ignorant of their identities. The paper ceased publication on the day King Alfred rode into Brussels in November, 1918.
More than news and ideas, these gentlemen and their cadre of workers delivered hope to a people in need of it. And hope is the most precious gift this time of year. We spread it through so many little ways but the most important way is to let someone know either by letter, email, or card that you are thinking about them. How do you let those in your life know they are important?
This blurb is from one of two of my Christmas releases. Hans had been on his own for years now and the gift he's about to receive is worth more than anything, but gaining it won't be easy.
Hans Lubeck lost his birthright to a woman's deceitful games. Ten years later, he's on the cusp of fulfilling his dream of captaining his own ship. And another woman could jeopardize everything.
Schoolteacher Lenore Kerrigan devotes her time to her pupils and good works. She has no use for a man or the damage he could do to her reputation.
But this holiday season, fate and an island of matchmakers have other plans. Will they accept the gift of a lifetime, or will the past steal away any chance at happiness?
A Gift from the Author, Linda Andrews: As my holiday gift to you, the first book in the series, Hearts in Barbed Wire, is free until November 30, 2014. Only on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Barbed-Wire-Historical-Romance-ebook/dp/B00J4YICBW/