In Alexa’s Shoes written by Rochelle Alexandra, publisher Author Academy Elite, is available NOW in ebook format and is due out in hardcover and paperback format on the 25th June 2019.
To buy links
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexas-Shoes-Rochelle-Alexandra-ebook/dp/B07SVR7H36/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=B07SVR7H36&qid=1560244696&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Alexas-Shoes-Rochelle-Alexandra-ebook/dp/B07SVR7H36/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=In+Alexa%27s+Shoes&qid=1560244667&s=gateway&sr=8-1
In Alexa’s Shoes – a dramatic, uplifting true story of a teenage girl overcoming great odds to survive. A historical novel that beckons the reader to follow in the footsteps of a real-life individual one step at a time. Based on the true story of the author’s grandmother.
In the autumn of 1940, thirteen-year-old Alexa’s happy life is ripped from her as she, her mother, and many of the locals are rounded up by the Nazis in Poland. Loaded into trucks, they are transported to an unknown destination. Terror and uncertainty become the new normal. Life is a continuous nightmare as she is selected by the Gestapo officer’s wife, destined to become little more than their slave.
Separated from everyone she loves Alexa relies on her Christian faith, inner strength and courage, to endure through her long nightmare. Her story takes her on a treacherous journey across war-ravaged Europe in search of her family and the life she once knew. Despite living through unimaginable hardships and life-threatening danger, Alexa feels that someone or something seems to be looking out for her. Years later, she finds out that not all was as it seemed, as hidden secrets from this dark period in history are revealed to her.
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Rochelle Alexandra’s debut novel: In Alexa’s Shoes.
Alexa was just one of the millions of casualties of war. This story is of a young girl stepping out to buy a much loved for pair of shoes when on that day her life was to change irrevocably. What we read of Alexa’s life from hereon is shocking, distressing at times but you are riveted to the story of one young girl’s plight of survival. A young girl that never lost her faith and never gave up hope.
In Alexa’s Shoes is a chilling, remarkable story that evoked many emotions within me. It’s hard to comprehend that all that happened to Alexa was real and that she was also not alone, she was one of many that had had their life wrenched away from them. Until the end of the war Alexa’s life was controlled by the Nazi rule of Hitler’s campaign.
Rochelle Alexandra is the granddaughter to Alexa and as a young girl she would sit transfixed listening to her grandmother’s (Babcia) tales. Tales that were so vivid you could picture them as clear as a movie on a big screen. In Alexa’s Shoes should be read by all and it should be immortalised as a movie.
It’s such a remarkable, shocking and almost unbelievable story but sadly conflict at any time is not to be believed until you walk in the shoes of one that is directly involved.
About the Author
Rochelle Alexandra was born in Glasgow, Scotland where she grew up, then moved to New York to live when she was eighteen. She had an early love for writing poetry, winning a National Scottish competition and later had a few poems published in the USA. She’s a talented artist and photographer with a real love for children, horse riding and travel. Her favourite jobs were in advertising, working for a newspaper, a photographer’s assistant and private chef. She ran her own freelance art business painting portraits, murals, abstracts and commissions.
She never set out to be a writer, but after hearing her Polish grandmother’s gripping true life history during WWII first hand, she made a promise to her gran that she would write her story in book form. Sadly her grandmother Alexa passed away aged 92, just two months before the novel ‘In Alexa’s Shoes’ about her life was due to be published. Little did Rochelle know that she’d love the writing process so much and now has several future novels planned.