New York City 1938
Interior St. Benigne Cathedral, Dijon
Writing a letter to George ...
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George's Family from right: Tommy,Johnny, Irene, George, Clara, Margie, Lee & Josef
Francis & Louise with their three children. Before Jackie. Mimi is eight..
George & Mimi in their 60's
Mimi with her sister and brothers
Mimi's Life ...
From right: George, Roger & Lee with Mimi
What unforeseen events are set in motion, when an ordained Catholic priest in 1908 France chooses to leave the Church and elope with the woman he loves? A novel of forbidden love, music and an audacious American legacy, propelled by one intrepid woman.
Mimi Wagner at 21
"One of the best books I have ever read! You, as the reader, are quickly drawn into the story by the wonderful characterization and intrigue of the story plot. It keeps you thinking about the characters and what could possibly happen to them even when you close the book. I loved the beautiful way the author wove the storytelling in such a way that I could not put the book down until I found out the outcome of the characters, their love story and their life adventure. I loved reading how the characters lives and families changed with each decision and event whether big or small. It really makes you wonder how our own individual choices have sculpted our own lives and the what if... Once I finished the book, I missed being a part of the character's lives so I will definitely be reading this book again and again." Kyra S.
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The old church and cemetery in Norge.
The mass was ended. With this final blessing, Father Francis escaped to the vestry to remove his robes, refraining from playing the exit hymn for fear he would have to face her. He didn’t know what to say, and he was ready to burst from his vestments he felt so warm! What was this woman—this young girl!—doing to him? How many times had he lectured to all of the sisters, administered communion, heard their confessions, and then not been able to place a name to a voice ... a face to a smile?
Every day, he thought. Until now ...
He resolved to speak to the Bishop about it—the only solution. He deeply feared breaking the vows he spoke only two years before. He must transfer. What else could he do? But would she understand? He did not want to disillusion her, nor did he desire to lead her astray. As parish priest, he had a definite responsibility to uphold the—
“Francis?” The tentative voice came from behind. Father Francis whirled. A perfectly lovely angel stood in his doorway.
“Soeur Louise! Entrez.” His heart in his throat, he walked up to her, tense, yet paradoxically, filled with burgeoning warmth. Heat suffused his body, manifest on his face.
Once he stood before her, she stated in a clear, serene voice, “I must speak with you.” Blue, discerning eyes looked deeply into his, reached down and took hold of his heart.
In that moment, Father Francis knew the time had come to make the most important decision of his life...
George Valentine as Jim Donovan in the Broadway play, Behind Red Lights
Old Farmhouse in Norge, where Louise was born and raised.
Mimi is in the foreground.
Mimi, second from the left
Louise & 3 children in Hollywood, CA
Mimi at 16 enjoying a stunt.
This book had me spellbound until two in the morning! I couldn't put it down. The characters are so real, the emotion runs high, and the imagery makes you feel like you're right in the middle of an unfolding drama. A must read! Andrea R.
This is a masterpiece! I highly recommend it if you want a great read! ;) ncp
This is an amazing story about our Grandparents, Louise and Francis. It's a must read by all of us. Christine is a gifted writer and has blended facts and a beautiful story line in "Fate of Angles". You will not only learn the true story of the Wagner's, but live the journey of the Volk's, George, Mimi and family. It's compelling, an education, and an eye opener, plus a great read! R. Mathis
An amazing read full of so much passion and courage. It draws you in completely leaving no stone unturned. The imagery is vivid, compelling; makes you feel like you're right there...watching everything unfold with rhythmic precision. The love stories pull at your heart strings with poignant immediacy and yes, a suspenseful longing to see them succeed. JoAnna Daniels is a consummate storyteller. Cindi
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Mimi chatting with Cary Grant
Climbing to the top of the rig!
Conductor, Roger Wagner
Passing the time with elephants!
Young Father Francis Wagnier
Me & Mimi
1938 & 1982
Can an ordained Catholic Priest and and a young peasant girl, recently placed in a convent in 1908 France, find happiness together and make it in the New World? Can they surmount the dictates of the times in which they live and embrace their forbidden love? In Fate Of Angels,read how Father Francis and Sister Louise go up against the rest of the world and create a new, courageous and inconceivable reality.
Mimi dressed for her show
Handstand into backbend