The Cross of Lorraine

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1940s & '50s

Jay A Cornils

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The Cross of Lorraine is a novel that tells the story of the French Resistance as seen through the eyes of two Americans, one an Olympic athlete, the other an expatriated wine merchant.


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

Short Summary

Samantha, a member of the US Olympic team, and Henri, and expatriated wine merchant, meet at the 1936 Olympic Games. A members of the French Resistance, Henri is arrested and tortured by Claus Barbie's henchman, Henrich. Samantha aids in his escape, but she feels her naivety has betrayed him.


Berlin, Paris, Leon, and the tiny village of Arcsenciel

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Happy Ending

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity, Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Samantha James

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Honorable, Naive, Perseverance, Selfless, Patriotic, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Beautiful, Charming, Decisive, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Henri Hebert

Age: 29

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Insecure, Modest, Patriotic, Complex, Empathetic, Flexible, Heroic, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Henrich Biebischheimer

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Complex, Manipulative, Patriotic, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Confident, Greedy, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Power-hungry

Additional Character Details

Name: Jeanine Arnout

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming, Complex, Patriotic, Romantic, Beautiful, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Modest

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2001

Hard Copy Available



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