CHAUMONT — The historical novel “For the Love of Rose: A Journey in Three Worlds” by Chaumontois Robert D. Egby has been selected as “Distinguished Favorite” at the Independent Press Awards 2022.
The prize was awarded in the “Teen” category. The prices will be officially announced on Monday.
Set in upstate New York in the 1930s, the novel tells the story of an 18-year-old dairy farmer, Frank Barbury, and his love affair with an up-and-coming Long Island artist from five years his senior. When Rose and her father, a New York surgeon, go missing during the Spanish Civil War, Frank innocently sets out to find them – working as a battlefield paramedic, where the average life expectancy was 48 hours.
Based in real time and in real locations, the novel recounts the Nationalist bombardment of the Basque town of Durango in northern Spain on March 31, 1937 where Rose was seriously injured and Frank was captured by the Germans.
Mr. Egby and his partner, Betty Lou Kishler, spent three summers touring the Basque Country. They also lived for 11 years near Three Mile Bay where the Barbury farm was located.
In 2022, the Independent Press Awards had entries worldwide. Authors and publishers from countries such as Australia, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Jordan, Puerto Rico and Switzerland participated. The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional editors. IPA Select Winners and Distinguished Favorites are based on overall excellence.
Mr Egby, a former accredited British journalist and war correspondent during the 1956 Suez War, wrote a companion novel, ‘The Urkiola Boy’, set in the same period with several of the secondary characters playing roles. This novel was also ranked “Distinguished Favorite” at the New York Big Book Awards in Fall 2021.
Both novels are also available in Spanish. Mr. Egby, who is a recognized independent publisher, has written and published 15 books, some spiritual, some on dowsing and personal development and others historical novels.
“It keeps me in balance,” Mr Egby said in a press release. “A book on dowsing negative Earth energies has won three awards.”
He added: “There are certain benefits to researching and writing. I studied Spanish along the way to keep my mind sharp, and I’m now at the conversational level. Not bad for a young man who just turned 90.
“For the Love of Rose: A Journey Through Three Worlds” is available on Amazon and Kindle Global.