The Secret Attic

Paris, France 2013

Newly divorced Monica Grace Spencer can’t handle anymore heartbreak. After finding out her husband had an affair and losing their home to her ex and his new fiancé, she doesn’t wish for any more surprises. Unfortunately, her late grandmother, Grace Hamilton, had other plans.

When Monica learns she’s inherited her grandmother’s house in Paris, she and her seventeen-year-old daughter, Courtney, travel to France. They hope to not only leave their problems back home in the States for a much-needed vacation, but also find a house they can either stay in or sell. What they find instead, however, is a rundown little cottage that needs about as much work as their pathetic lives need. Rolling up their sleeves, they get to work on the repairs, and stumble upon not only a secret part of the attic hidden behind a wall. Evidence suggests someone lived in there—perhaps two someones. Having little knowledge of her grandmother’s life, Monica turns to the old woman’s journals tucked away in a closet for answers.

Paris, France 1940

Grace Hamilton was an American woman studying in Paris when the Germans invaded France. Unable to get home, she does the best she can to survive, keeping to her job at the café and keeping her head down when the Gestapo move into her neighborhood.

When Grace learns two of her friends, brothers Ira and Isak Josef Lewkowicz, are Jewish and are at risk for deportation, she doesn’t hesitate to invite them to hide in a secret part of her attic. It is a risk, and a grave one that could cost all three of them their lives, if they are caught. Can they all survive and stay out of trouble? Or will Herr Captain Erich Heinrich, who frequents the café and has taken a liking to Grace, discover her secrets?