If the book title, Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure, sounds familiar there’s a good reason. For on March 14, 2011, the presentation/review — Suzanne Anderson and Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure — appeared here as the author’s first ebook. And, although it was a well-written story, Suzanne wasn’t satisfied and knew she could improve on her work.
Truth be told, Suzanne Anderson did much more than rewrite. She chose a new cover, published the new Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure in paperback and Kindle Edition, and also created a Book Trailer to capture her revision.
Why? First there was the luxury of being able to do so with an ebook and foremost there was her personal need for a “do-over.” Suzanne explains the differences in the novel:
“Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure, in its original form, was quite a bit different from the book I recently published in some important ways:
First it was written in the First Person Point of View, which gave it a much more intimate feel, which as it turns out, was the right POV for a story about a family experiencing the most terrifying moments of war.
Second, it was actually set in Budapest, Hungary during World War Two, not in the fictional other-world it was thinly disguised as.
And finally, it had a spiritual element that explored a particular element of religious faith that has always perplexed me….the challenge of believing in something we cannot see.
Here’s the synopsis:
Hungary’s fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie, a renowned children’s book author, and her family out of harm’s way for most of the war. Now as the Führer’s desperation grows during the waning years of the conflict, so does its threat. Natalie’s younger sister, Ilona, married a Jewish man, putting both her and her young daughter, Mila, in peril; Natalie’s twin sister, Anna, is losing her already tenuous hold on reality. As the streets of Budapest thrum with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers, danger creeps to the doorstep where Natalie shields them all.
Ilona and her husband take the last two tickets to safety for themselves, abandoning Natalie to protect Anna and Mila from the encroaching danger. Anna’s paranoid explosion at a university where was once a professor, sparked by delusions over an imagined love triangle, threatens their only other chance for escape. Ultimately, Natalie is presented with a choice no one should ever have to make; which of her family will she save?
An inspirational story of faith and family, strength and weakness, and the ultimate triumph of love over hate. Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure demonstrates the power of faith to light even the most harrowing darkness.
… faith is the evidence of things not seen.
The book/ebook has garnered enthusiastic readers as well as the the following critical praise:
“A study in character development, Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure is a mesmerizing historical fiction for WWII readers. Highly recommended!” ~ The Kindle Book Review
Yet Suzanne also wanted a Book Trailer to reflect the feel of the era that held a personal significance, echoing her own European ancestry. Mixing the style a Pathé newsreel and sweeping musical score, the author worked with Three Moon Bay to picture her book of emotional, historical fiction and truth.
(If the video does not appear on your monitor, please view it here.)
This book now embodies Suzanne Anderson’s faith and belief in herself. The new Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure in paperback and Kindle Edition is a hauntingly impressive first novel with its story’s unique spiritual — yet universal — feel. The author took control over this book, allowing her characters to do the same with their lives. For those who both believe and wonder at the power of faith, this is your book.