Uncover the hidden world of alchemy in WWII-era novel
An epic story of betrayal and courage–and the first in a planned trilogy–“The Measure of Gold,” combines elements of a historical war novel, thriller and romance. Starring an introspective, relatable female lead, this tale will satisfy a wide swath of genre readers’ tastes.
Female spy infiltrates a French brothel in epic story of war, alchemy, and love
Sarah C. Patten | March 2, 2021 | Ashland Press | Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction
“compelling... a powerful tribute to the brave women of the French Resistance”
– BlueInk Review
“poetic... a touching World War II novel that features both fantasies and cruel sacrifices”
– Foreword Clarion Reviews
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina –No magic is more powerful than the spell of love. And no enchantment can be more dangerous.
In Sarah C. Patten’s WWII-era novel, “The Measure of Gold” (Ashland Press, March 2, 2021), it is the fall of 1940 and Germany has just invaded France. Across the ocean, in Sweetwater, Tennessee, Penelope receives an urgent letter from her childhood friend, Naomie, urging her to Paris. Bereft from the loss of her widowed father, Penelope leaves her life and reunites with her lost friend. There, she meets Naomie’s brother, the brilliant, mad alchemist Fulcanelli and his mysterious apprentice Lucien.
As Penelope falls headlong into the esoteric world of alchemy and espionage, she is assigned to spy on the clients of a powerful French brothel. She listens, learns, and dances to seduce one of the most infamous murderers of World War II in a desperate calculation to save Lucien. Through the devastating magic of life, Penelope learns that alchemy has far more to do with the person than the element.
An epic story of betrayal and courage, “The Measure of Gold” showcases the heroine’s journey during wartime, and serves as a powerful reminder of what’s needed for us to transform from stone to pure gold.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
SARAH C. PATTEN: Sarah was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and attended Cornell University where she earned her BA in English. She completed her MALS in Creative Writing at Dartmouth College. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her husband and three kids.
To learn more about Sarah’s life and work, please visit www.sarahcpatten.com.