J.D. Keene, author of "The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église"
J.D. Keene, author of "The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église"
J.D. Keene, author of “The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église”

The Heroes of Sainte-Mère-Église is J. D. Keene’s first novel and
was born from his passion for history. Although initial ideas were set to
paper in early 2018, it didn’t come to life until he visited the village of Sainte-Mère-Église in Normandy France. While there, the story began to emerge in his imagination.

He is currently working on a short story, The Orphan of Angoville-au-
Plain which is based on the true-life experience of thirteen-year-old Paul
Langeard. During the D-Day invasion—with his village in the center of intense fighting between German soldiers and American Airborne units, Paul Langeard shows remarkable courage as war leaves him as the lone
survivor of his seven-member family.

J.D. Keene lives in Virginia, U.S.A with his wife Katie.


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Nino’s Heart

Nino’s Heart: A WW2 Romance Novel set in Fascist Italy

The Bronx, 1934. Nino DiVincenzo, the son of a mafia crime boss, witnesses a gruesome murder that alters the course of his life forever. Forced out of his home as a teenager, he grows into a man on his own terms. Under the guidance of trusted mentors rather than a ruthless father, Nino’s deep faith and compassion for others ultimately lead him to Rome on a journey to become a Catholic priest.New York Harbor, 1938.

As the dark cloud of WWII advances over Europe, Hannah Roseman, a beautiful Jewish widow, boards a ship for Italy. Upon her arrival, she is confronted with the fascism and anti-Semitism that has engulfed the country. To survive, she must rely on her courage and cunning along with the help of a Catholic seminary student twelve years her junior.

As their lives and secrets intertwine with the evils of wartime Europe, Nino and Hannah find themselves forced to make unfathomable decisions when confronted with choosing between their faith, their love, and their survival.