Twilight Fires - by Sabine Oishi
Archway Publishing, 2023
Recently widowed, Gabrielle is paralyzed by grief and overwhelmed by the demands of a large property. A chance encounter not only transform her beloved garden, but offers her an unexpected second chance at happiness.
Gabrielle, a young French woman and Paul, an aspiring American attorney, meet and fall in love in Paris. They start married family life in Baltimore, renovate an old carriage house, and turn an overgrown patch of land into a beautiful garden.
After Paul ‘s sudden death, Gabrielle, now in the twilight of her life, feels unequal to the task of maintaining their creation. Convinced that her best years are behind her, she loses herself in memories of her childhood during WWII where, being half-Jewish, she had to hide in plain sight. A grandchild’s struggles trigger long-suppressed memories of forbidden love, and at every turn she is reminded of the ups and downs of her life with Paul.
But when a friend introduces her to Leila, a landscape architect, everything changes. The process of redesigning the garden together to make it more manageable, effects a transformation in Gabrielle as well. Will she dare to open her heart and reach for a new beginning?
About the Author:
Sabine Oishi was born, raised and educated in Switzerland, England and the US.
She is a child psychologist with a varied career in research and therapy, with two books on autism to her credit. Since her marriage, she has lived in Baltimore, where she raised a family with her husband. Twilight Fires is her first novel.