TOTNES-BASED author Rita Trotman signed copies of her book, Sunlight through the Shadows, at Torbay Bookshop, Paignton, recently.
More than 60 fans crowded the shop.
Rita tells a true, warts-and-all story which unfolds over the 22 years she spent as a volunteer in a Romanian orphanage and village.
It begins shortly after President Nicolae Ceausescu was shot by firing squad in 1989 after the Romanian uprising. Much of it is taken from extensive diaries she kept throughout the years.
In part, it is a first-hand account of their lives told by three men who survived the cruel regime as children.
After the initial years, when she worked tirelessly in the orphanage and dealt on a daily basis with the well-documented horrors, she began a campaign to free three of the teenagers who longed to have a new life in a small house of their own.
Rita and her husband Eric raised the money and eventually, after tussles with the authorities, realised their dream.
The book is available, priced £7.99, from The Torbay Bookshop.