Third in the FOLLIES series which follows four friends in the Second World War, two entertaining the troops near the front line and two acting as undercover spies.
It is 1942. The theatres of war are North Africa and Italy. All eyes follow the front, but behind the scenes a messier war continues, an improvised game of snatched triumphs, terrible mistakes and terrifying uncertainty.
Cabaret singer by night, spy by day, Richard risks his life to help British servicemen escape occupied France and get back to England.
Rose leads a group of dancers with mixed morals high-kicking to entertain the troops as Hitlers bombers roar in the skies above. Then she is given orders to join the forces in the field, destination unknown.
Meanwhile a phantom pianist, who has lost the love of his life, is following Montys soldiers across the African desert, mocking the enemies guns by playing Beethoven between the lines.
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.