Our Fine Romance

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Maureen and Michael Harbott

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Our Fine Romance is a true story or two young people growing up separately during the London Blitz of 1940 and their subsequent evacuation into the English countryside. Following their unusual meeting , courtship and marriage they emigrated to 'Apartheid ' South Africa. Three years and two children later, for financial reasons, they made the risky decision to move to Northern Rhodesia, close to the war ravaged Congo. During their life there in the 1960's, the "Wind of Change" was sweeping through the Colonial African States. Many British territories became independent during this time and, after another child and ten years in Africa, they decided to start a new life on the west coast of Canada. With the addition of a third child and successful careers in their adopted country, Maureen and Michael are both now retired and living in Vancouver, British Columbia. However, a recent turn of events ( Alzheimer's disease) has lead to their biggest challenge yet.


Romance, War, Action, Adventure, Biographical, Drama, Family, Memoir, Young Adult,,Action,Adventure,Biographical,Drama,Family,Memoir,Political,War

Short Summary

Our Fine Romance chronicles the lives of two young people experiencing the horrors of war time Britain, then enduring the joys and disappointments of emigrating to the vast African continent, with its many racial and political problems.

After a very successful life for themselves and their children in Canada, one of the couple was diagnosed with Alzhemer's disease, which has robbed her of all of her amazing life's memories.


London, South Africa, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Canada

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

,Historical/geographical biography

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age, Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Maureen and Michael

Age: Birth - 80years

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Romantic, Faithful, Selfless, Perseverance, Strong Moral Code, Adventurous, Aspiring, Educated, Modest, Beautiful, Charming, Confident, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Husband and father

Age: 1-80 years

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Adventurous,Engaging,Faithful,Romantic

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Development Pitch

Very many readers of our story have said it would make a good movie or TV series!

About The Author

Authors’ Biography Maureen and Michael grew up from humble beginnings on the east side of London, England. At the age of five, both experienced the German Blitz of the city and were evacuated into the English countryside. They met in their late teens on a foggy night when Michael asked Maureen to accompany her home from their Cycling Club. They subsequently married and very soon thereafter, emigrated to South Africa. In Cape Town, they had two children but little money so, a subsequent emigration was made to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia.) Ten years later and with another child in tow, they removed themselves from the political turmoil in southern Africa and moved to the beautiful city of Vancouver, on Canada’s west coast. Here they had successful careers, a fourth child and a beautiful life. Their retirement years have not been easy as Maureen has developed a life-changing medical condition, but with the support of family and friends, they try to maintain a positive attitude and enjoy life with all its challenges.

Target Audiences

Age: 55+,35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Groups interested in family history

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Self published

Year Published: 2015

Hard Copy Available



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