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The Last Vanishing Point


Olivia discovers letters and a painting by her uncle William, an artist and WWIIbombardier who vanished after being shot down over France just before D-Day.Inexplicably compelled, Olivia begins a personal quest to discover William’s fate.


William says goodbye to his new wife, Maddie, a concert pianist in New York City, and joins the RAF to battle the Nazis in occupied Europe. He quickly comes to regret the deathand devastation wrought by his bombing missions, in sharp contrast to his times on leave, painting landscapes of the English countryside. Unexpectedly, William is recruited as an agent for the Special Operations Executive by a mysterious woman at a manor in the Cotswolds and leaves for the Scottish Highlands. Based on her family connections with the Underground, Maddie embarks on her own treacherous journey that leads her to join the French Resistance in Paris.

The Last Vanishing Point is a compelling love story of mystery and intrigue, and of how the power of art and the enduring bonds of family can heal trauma and loss. The reader is transported through historical details and the author’s cinematic writing style will take you to another time and place where a heartfelt and timeless story unfolds.

Cheryl Lanktree

Cheryl Lanktree is a clinical psychologist who is on the faculty of the University of Southern California, and trains therapists on trauma treatment throughout the United States. She has co-authored two non-fiction books. The Last Vanishing Point is her first novel. She lives in southern California with her husband and their Labrador retriever.

Austin Macauley Publishers