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 rural area of Southwest France. Almost unknown today, she became one of the brightest stars of her generation.
What if you had a unique talent, but everything conspired against your dreams?
France, 1897. Born to a modest farming family, Marie-Thérèse has a remarkable singing voice and wants to become a professional singer. But too many obstacles, including her parents’ opposition, stand in her way. And, through no fault of her own, she makes a dangerous enemy of the local landlord.
When the family circumstances change abruptly, Marie-Thérèse and her mother must move to Paris to work in her aunt’s restaurant. Her ambitions rekindle, but the road to success is paved with setbacks until a chance meeting gives her a precious opportunity.
She is close to achieving all her dreams, but the ghosts of the past come back to haunt her and threaten Marie-Thérèse’s life as well as her career.
Overture is now available in Kindle and paperback formats from Amazon.