The Center of Gravity

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Patricia Brandon

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A young food tester for Hitler and a French art professor escape the Nazi regime, with the help of Albert Goering, the anti-Nazi brother of Hermann Goering, and are given new identities in the States. But a life-changing secret threatens to impact the lives of all who remain.


Action,Adventure,War,Historical Fiction,Romance,Mystery,Drama

Short Summary

The prologue begins in 1975 South Carolina, with the youngest child (Rennie) of the protagonists setting up the chapters, which reveal the events that shaped the lives of her family. Chapter 1 begins in 1933 Berlin, with the protagonists' stories, ultimate meeting, and subsequent conflicts.


1933 Europe to 1975 Lowcountry South Carolina

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions,Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Sonne Becker

Age: see her from young child to 40's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Charming,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Patriotic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Rainer von Bauchelle

Age: see him from childhood to late 40's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Masculine,Patriotic,Skillful,Romantic,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Rennie Easter

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Faithful,Engaging,Flexible,Gracious,Honorable,Leader,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Romantic,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Josef Taffel

Age: 20's

Gender: Male

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Badass,Charming,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Underdog,Masculine,Patriotic,Selfless,Outspoken,Skillful,Funny,Sophisticated,Strong Moral Code,Lone Wolf

About The Author

Patricia Brandon was stricken with very rare paralysis in 2014. At that time, she wrote an inspirational, gritty - even humorous - account of the first year, entitled In The Valley of Achor. She then wrote her first historical fiction novel, The Center of Gravity, which was very positively reviewed, and was awarded a 5-star Highly Recommended commendation from The Coffee Pot Bookclub(UK), as well as a Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Award. Her recently released novel of the same genre, A Rule of Life, has also garnered excellent reviews. Brandon describes both novels as "little-known history, a mystery, and a touch of romance". She smiles, admitting to being a Southern author, "raised, braised, and cured in a charcuterie of the deep South, with its spirited and fascinating characters, pristine landscapes, and complex history" - her adopted motto is, "If you ain't livin' on the edge - you ain't got a view!"

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self-published

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available