Overture is Book 1 of the Alouette trilogy and covers the period 1897-1914.
The story is very is loosely based on the life of Emma Calvé, an opera singer born in the Aveyron, a very rural area of Southwest France. Almost unknown today, she became one of the brightest stars of her generation.
Born to a modest farming family in the French countryside, Marie-Thérèse Vernhes discovers she has a remarkable singing voice and resolves to become a professional singer. At first, the obstacles, including her parents’ opposition, seem insurmountable. And, through no fault of her own, she makes an enemy of the family’s landlord.
When Marie-Thérèse’s father is killed in an accident, she and her mother must move to Paris to work in her aunt’s restaurant. Her ambitions rekindle, but she experiences several setbacks until a chance meeting gives her a golden opportunity.
She becomes a successful opera singer, with the stage name Ida Vernet, but the ghosts of her past come back to haunt her and threaten her life as well as her career.
Overture will be published in paperback and ebook formats on 28th May 2019 and is available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle.