It is Spring 1944 but for dancer Rose, musician Merry, pilot Felix and spy Richard the end of the war is still not in sight. Friends have been killed, love has been lost, and it seems that the relentless violence and the pain of separation will continue forever.
Desperately tired after months living rough with Italian partisans, Richard makes a mistake behind enemy lines that results in devastating tragedy.
Rose, performing for the troops crossing France, at last finds a man she feels she can love and is forced to make the most difficult decision of her life.
Merry s lover is returned to him from the jaws of death only to be separated from him again by the demands of duty.
But while the battle rages on they will fight for the future. In war and peace, in joy and despair, life continues but never as expected.
Praise for THE FOLLIES series: - -
Epic - Sunday Express
Compelling - Publishing News on WE'LL MEET AGAIN
An unforgettable saga of love and loss in wartime - Good Book Guide on NOW IS THE HOUR
Green's book is a delightful and heady mix of romantic ingredients spies, high-kicking dancers, forbidden love and friendship in the face of death. Who could ask for anything more? - Lancashire Evening Post on NOW IS THE HOUR, the first in THE FOLLIES series
Hilary Green is a trained actress and spent many years teaching drama. Among her star pupils was the latest James Bond, Daniel Craig. She also ran a Youth Theatre Company, one of the members of which was the now acclaimed theatre director, Christopher Luscombe. She has always written, producing novels, scripts for the BBC, and short stories, one of which one the Kythira Prize awarded by the Historical Novel Society. She even wrote the book and lyrics for a school musical, which she also produced. She loves all forms of theatre, including opera and ballet. This is probably 'bred in the bone' as both her parents were in what theatre people always refer to as 'The Profession'. Her father was a singer, trained for opera in Italy, while her mother was a ballet dancer. Their pre-war experiences in variety were the inspiration for the 'Follies' series of novels. Hilary regularly gives talks about her work to book groups and other organisations where she enjoys meeting her readers and hearing their reactions to the stories. When not writing she gardens, rides horses, walks in the countryside and plays bridge as well as enjoying travel and has been round the world several times. Hilary is married, with two grown-up sons and two grandchildren.