1956 Love & Revolution

by J. A. Boulet

GENRE: Historical Fiction

1956 Love & Revolution

What would you do for your country?

In 1955, a group of uncommon people meet by chance. During the final year of Rรกkosi’s iron fist rule, Imre Nagy’s reforms are repealed, plunging Hungary back into economic ruin.

A university student, a cleaner, a Hungarian soldier and several others find themselves drawn toward each other as their love for their country is tested. In the fall of 1956, political strife deepens as the students begin demanding reform.

How far will they go to save Hungary?

Well-researched, politically charged and fast-paced, 1956 Love & Revolution will lure you into the lives of everyday Hungarians who risked everything for their country.  


He was an olive-skinned handsome man with ice-blue eyes that pierced right through her soul. She could see that those very same eyes would most likely be an icy threat to any enemy. 

Laszlo took the documents from her hand and shuffled through them. “Elona Molnar. Twenty-one years old,” he held the papers open, inspecting them for authenticity. “Why are you out on the streets at this hour?” His eyes lifted, staring right through her.

“I just finished work,” she said meekly, half-afraid and half-intrigued. “I am a cleaner at the cinema.”

“The Corvin Cinema?” Laszlo pointed to the building behind them.

“Yes,” she answered more assertively. 

“You clean there until 4:30 am?”

“It is the only time of day to clean without interruptions. I start at midnight and clean until I am done. My husband didn’t help tonight, so I will need to return tomorrow.”

“You are married?” Laszlo asked, somewhat surprised.

“Yes, my husband was tired from working all day,” she replied. “He just got a job as a bakery chef. We both have to work to pay for things.” Elona stumbled over her words, struggling to articulate what she was trying to say. “To pay for everything. There is never enough money and so many bills.”

The first officer leaned over Laszlo’s shoulder to look at the documents. As he did, Elona noticed the uniforms were very different. Two of the men wore blue policemen uniforms, but the Colonel had a very unusual brown uniform with two stars on his collar, one she had not seen before. The man beside Laszlo also wore the same brown uniform but without the star emblems. “You are not AVH,” she said, the relief in her voice evident.

Laszlo spoke first. “No, we are Magyar,” he said in Hungarian. “My two friends are from the local police, and Tibor is a fellow Hungarian Army soldier.”

The shorter policeman, Jozsef, spoke hastily. “He’s not a full colonel. We just call him that because he’s from way back when the Germans left in 1945.”

Laszlo grimaced. “I’m a Lieutenant,” he stated firmly. He didn’t like this information given to a stranger on the street, even if she was just a woman. Silence descended on the group as Laszlo handed the documents back to her.

About the Author:

J. A. Boulet is the passionate author of five historical fiction novels. Her newest novel, 1956 Love & Revolution, is a chilling standalone book about the 1956 Hungarian uprising. A highly anticipated release scheduled for June 5, 2023, this is a book that the author holds close to her heart. 

J. A. Boulet was raised in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution. Her father was a Hungarian soldier who fought bravely during the 1956 uprising. He escaped and was granted asylum in Canada. Ms. Boulet’s mother also fled from the revolution shortly after. The couple met, fell in love and built a family in Saskatchewan. 

J. A. Boulet was born decades later. Raised in a refugee family with strong morals has provided J. A. with the foundation to which she has stood behind all her life. Ms. Boulet began writing poetry at a very young age and progressed to short stories and novels easily. She quickly became a history geek and became fascinated with ancestry and the rough path of immigration. J. A. published her first book in 2020 and has since published one to two books annually. She writes with an unsettling realism, grabbing your emotions and refusing to let go. 1956: Love and Revolution is a book you won’t be able to put down.

Q&A With the Author

What did you enjoy most about writing this book? Well, tbh, it was a difficult book to write emotionally. I had not originally expected to write about the Hungarian Revolution but I felt compelled, considering the state of the world right now. 1956 Love & Revolution is a story very close to my parent’s history. Since both my mom and dad are passed away, it was somehow a deeper reflection and finally a dawning of understanding about what they went through to obtain freedom. It gave me goosebumps, tbh. Even though the book is fiction and does not directly relate to my parent’s escape from Hungary, it really touched my emotions hard since so many Hungarians fled their homeland during such a horrific time in history. I have a renewed admiration for my parent’s struggles and intense gratitude for what they did for future generations.

Do you have any other books you are working on that you can tell us about?  Not at the moment. I am a very structured author. I only work on one book at a time, devoting all my energy to that one story until well after its release.

Can you tell us about what you have planned for the future? I am looking into possibly releasing a book of poetry and short stories this summer as well as starting my next family saga trilogy about the American wars.

How long have you been writing? I have been writing since I was 5 or 6. I started out with poetry. I always knew being an author was my calling.

Anything more you would like to say to your readers and fans? I can’t express my gratitude enough to my readers and followers for the support they have given me. I am blessed every day to be able to write another story and touch more hearts with my words. Thank you so much. Keep reading and spreading the gift of books!

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Website: https://jaboulet.ca/

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/1956-Love-Revolution-J-Boulet-ebook/dp/B0C5B9D76K

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  1. Thank you for the awesome interview! Love being here with you today ๐Ÿ’•

  2. Thank you for the wonderful interview! Love being here today ๐Ÿ’•

  3. I love historical reads and this one is set in one of my favorite time periods

  4. Sounds great especially since t's about your family heritage!!

    1. Yes, it was definitely close to home! ❤️

  5. The cover is great and the book looks good.

  6. I like the cover art. Looks great.

  7. Wonderful design, great theme that you picked to premise your book.

  8. A period in history I'd like to know more about.

  9. This sounds like an interesting plot. The cover sets the stage for the book.

    1. My cover artist was absolutely amazing ๐Ÿคฉ love the historical fiction company ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•


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