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Bumpus  manages time and again to strike at the emotional hearts of her characters…A robust, entrancing debut [novel].Kirkus Reviews, Indie Editor featured review
A Cup of Redemption is…so compelling, and the journey so richthoroughly worth reading. San Francisco Book Review
A Cup of Redemption is an enjoyable story about two friends — one French, the other American — in search of clues to important family secrets. Beautifully researched, this story brings to life three generations in France, including the havoc caused by World War II. A delicious tale of love, betrayal, grief and restoration.Harriet Scott Chessman, author of The Beauty of Ordinary Things
What Jung Chang’s Wild Swans did for China, Carole Bumpus has done for 20th century France— re-created the epic story of three generations of women, whose family secrets went undercover during the struggle for love and survival in times of war and political chaos.Elise Frances Miller, author of A Time to Cast Away Stones
A family mystery, a dash of history, an epic cast of characters and an enticing setting give A Cup of Redemption all the elements needed for a delightful ‘armchair travel’ read.Patricia V. Davis, author of Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece
Spanning the decades from WWI France to 9/11, this historical novel explores the untold stories of women who find themselves alone and pregnant during wartime. The odyssey through France leads to the unsettling discovery of dark family secrets but ultimately, closure. Carefully crafted and emotionally powerful, A Cup of Redemption is a must read.Lucy Ann Murray, Correspondent, Fra Noi

A Cup of Redemption is a touching debut novel that tells a timeless story of wartime love, loss, and the powerful desire to become whole.

Just weeks after 9/11 two friends—one French, the other America—are drawn back into the havoc of WWII, in a search for clues to haunting family secrets.

Marcelle, born at the close of World War I, carries her father’s surname—along with the shame of illegitimacy. Her daughter Sophie, born during World War II, believes her childhood nightmares are over when she marries and moves to the US. But they recur when she is called to France to hear Marcelle’s deathbed request: “Find my father.” Bound to redeem her mother’s identity, Sophie enlists the help of her American friend Kate in the search for Marcelle’s real father.

As the women struggle to solve the mystery of Marcelle’s past, their lives are entwined forever when they lay bare their own deep family secrets. More than one shadow emerges as the two women track records, old letters and stories, uncovering lives torn apart during war. Unknown to Sophie, Kate gave up her illegitimate child during the Vietnam war and is awash in new shame since the thirty-year-old daughter has now found her.

Inspired by a real and gripping story, A Cup of Redemption is a carefully crafted historical novel with compelling stories about families and individuals navigating loss to overcome the shame and guilt of abandonment. A rich and powerful book for millions touched by adoption and for the mothers who made the sacrifice.

Blog posts about A Cup of Redemption

SALETÉ RÉFUGIATE – DIRTY REFUGEES

SALETÉ RÉFUGIATE – DIRTY REFUGEES REMEMBERING WORLD WAR II – PARIS:  MARCELLE RECALLS DIFFICULT MEMORIES “You asked me what I remember about the beginnings of World War II in Paris,” Marcelle responded.  “What my life was like?  How I lived?  Let me see if I can remember……”  She sat quietly, running her index finger round
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Another way that She Writes Press, my publisher, has chosen to recognize my books–both A Cup of Redemption and Recipes for Redemption:  A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption – December 2016

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Continuing events for both A Cup of Redemption and Recipes for Redemption – October 2016

It’s been a year since Recipes for Redemption: A Companion Cookbook to A Cup of Redemption came into the world and almost two years since A Cup of Redemption made its debut!  It has been quite an interesting couple of years!  Who would have guessed my novel would end up winning, not only national awards, but
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Literary Lunch – Draeger’s Market and Cooking School

March 5, 2016– Literary Lunch:  A new and exciting addition to my book tour Draeger’s Market – Cooking School – San Mateo, CA Who would have guessed that a book tour could lead to not only a sumptuous feast prepared by professional chefs, but to also have these recipes come straight from my own cookbook!  What
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Salete Refugiate – Excerpt from A Cup of Redemption

Springtime – 1943 – France After fleeing the nightly barrage of Allied bombers over Paris, Marcelle arrived in Evaux les Bains, in the heart of the Auvergne Region. She stepped off the train with her baby, Gerard, and luggage in tow. Hoping to put the terror of living in Occupied France behind her, they had
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The Forgotten D-Day, but Not Forgotten Veterans

Four remaining WWII veterans of the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (Rock of the Marne) are sleeping in their own beds tonight, their whirlwind tour du France of the 70th Anniversary of the Southern D-Day a year ago last August–now a dim but savored memory.  But, as this Veteran’s Day approaches, what will these men
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CRÊPES de FROMENT

My newly published cookbook, Recipes for Redemption, serves up the wit and whimsy from the original text of the novel, A Cup of Redemption.  As an example or as a little ‘amuse bouche’, please find the following: CRÊPES de FROMENT BRITTANY – 2002 – ST. MALO –   ‘A crown of stone above the waves,’ wrote Gustave
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A SNIPPET OF FOOD & TRAVEL ADVICE

TIP:  While visiting abroad, if you are searching for a sure-fire recipe to open up a topic of culinary conversation, simply ask your host to tell you about his or her favorite foods as a child. This was advice I was given about fifteen years ago. Shortly thereafter, I began to put this tip into
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