5.0 out of 5 stars A TRUE STORY OF ONE AMERICAN FAMILY By Maralee Lowderon, July 11, 2016. This book is fascinating on many levels. It's a family history going back three generations on both sides, one side coming from Greece, the other side coming from France. The two families are joined when the US troops freed the citizens of Nice, France from the oppression of Hitler's army during the Second World War.The love story between the beautiful French 17 year old girl and the young US soldier of Greek heritage reminded me of the photo of the American Sailor tilting a young woman back into a most impressive kiss at the end of the war. The love they shared was intense, while still being sweet. I have read so many books about WWII, but never one that showed what it was like for the citizens of a country under siege so graphically.This book could not have happened had the author, Marianne Aleck, not found her mother's journal, as well as the letters the two lovers sent to one another during their courtship. Ms. Aleck researched both sides of her family back three generations, before either side had left their home countries, giving her readers a complete, well formed, picture of the circumstances that lead up to her own youth.This book relates the unvarnished story of a most remarkable group of people. I feel blessed to have been invited into their lives, seen their photos, and learned of their unique personalities. https://www.amazon.com/Liberty-Club-Marianne-Aleck-ebook/dp/B019DQ5DXA#nav-subnav
Marianne Aleck is an Oroville native and author of the new book "The Liberty Club", and she will be featured at a book signing event at Barnes & Noble in Chico on Saturday, July 23rd, from 2 - 6 p.m.Aleck describes the book as an immigrant story, a war story, a love story and a true story. It's about her Greek and French families and spans 100 years and three generations. It took 3 years to research and write the book, which was guided by a journal written in French by her mother as a teenager, during the 1940's and World War II.Sales of "The Liberty Club" are going well, in fact it sold out at the Costco store in Vacaville. You can find it at Barnes and Noble in Chico, and at Discount Books and Kusel's BIG Store in Oroville. It's also available at amazon.com.