Friday, November 2, 2012


“Book Review Friday”

 

It’s November. It’s cold. It’s time to curl up on the sofa with another good book.

Today’s book recommendation is another beautifully written story set during World War II time period. When I began this book I could not put it down. I fell in love with the characters and the sweet story that protruded from its pages.

Author, Cara Putman tells the beautiful tale of two individuals on two life journeys whose paths cross in her first book in the Cornhusker Dreams series, Canteen Dreams…

 
 

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Audrey Stone wants to help in the war effort. But what's a young schoolteacher from Nebraska to do? When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey finds her place. She spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. Despite her busyness, Audrey does allow some time to get to know a handsome rancher. Willard Johnson worries about his brother who joined the navy to get off the ranch and see the world. When Willard's worst fear is confirmed, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. But will his budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the many soldiers at the canteen steal her away from him?


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I’m sure you will find this story warm and cozy, and your heart will ache for these two characters. If you love Audrey and Willard’s story, you will want to purchase the next two books in the series, Sandhill Dreams and Captive Dreams. Or you can buy all three! Look for “Cornhusker Dreams”.

Cara has written 15 books with plans of releasing more! She not only writes historicals, but Suspense, Romantic Suspense and more. Check out her website to learn about this amazing author at www.caraputman.com and leave a comment on her blog!

Have a great weekend!!

Friday, October 19, 2012

"Book Review Friday"
 
1 Corinthians 13:4 "Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." 
 
 

Sarah Sundin's debut novel, A Distant Melody, is a must read!! I cannot stress it enough. Both men and women will be drawn into this beautifully written story page after page.

Here is the blurb from the back cover:



Never pretty enough to please her gorgeous mother, Allie will do anything to gain her approval--even marry a man she doesn't love.

Lt. Walter Novak--fearless in the cockpit but hopeless with women--takes his last furlough at home in California before being shipped overseas.

Walt and Allie meet at a wedding and their love of music draws them together, prompting them to begin a correspondence that will change their lives. As letters fly between Walt's muddy bomber base in England and Allie's mansion in an orange grove, their friendship binds them together. But can they untangle the secrets, commitments, and expectations that keep them apart?

A Distant Melody is the first book in the WINGS OF GLORY series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II.

I urge you to pick up this book and curl up on the couch with this historical. I read it in two days...I could not put it down. A book well worth the purchase!
Check out Sarah Sundin's website and view all four of her novels, inlcuding her newest release- "With Every Letter"- plus her upcoming novel in 2013!

If you can, stop by her blog and say "Hello"!



Have you read it? Do you plan to read it? Let me know!!


Did You Know?

  In 1945 the digital computer, ENIAC, was completed. It stood a towering 2 stories and weighed 30 ton!




Friday, October 5, 2012


Book Review Friday”

Psalm 123:1 “Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.”

 

The weekend has come upon us once more and I have another great book for you to curl up on the sofa with…


A good read for both men and women alike, “Dawn of a Thousand Nights” by Tricia Goyer, is the most historically correct World War II novel I’ve ever read!

I chose this book for today’s review because of its compelling story of tragedy, love, honor and faith. It is the 2nd book in Tricia Goyer’s World War II Liberator’s Series.

The story follows two pilots from the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor, through the brutal Bataan Death March, and concludes with the end of the war in 1945.

If you like World War II fighter planes, gripping tales of Prisoners of War, edge-of-your-seat combat, and a classic love story, this book is for you!

 

Check out Tricia Goyer’s new book, “The Memory Jar”.

 

 

Did You Know?

Approximately 10,000 gallons of flamethrower fuel was used each day by the United States while executing the first stage in Iwo Jima.

Monday, October 1, 2012


“True American Heroes”


In my first interview with a World War II Navy veteran, I discovered a function of the military that is new to me.

While I have spent most of my time researching Army tactics, following certain Army companies and infantries, and, yes, even researching the Army Nurse Corps, I have yet to even begin looking into other branches of military.

When I first heard there was a man from our former church who served in World War II, my internal radar immediately went up! So what did I do? I got on the phone and started making calls. With much thanks to my mother and Aunt I was able to set up a place and time to meet up with this veteran. Little did I know what was in store for me. . .
It was my understanding this war veteran was a ball turret gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress. However, upon my arrival I was informed my B-17 gunner was actually a Navy man—a turret gunner on a Grumman Avenger Torpedo plane. Immediately my mind started spinning. All my questions were based on the Army Air Corps, what was I supposed to do now? Proceed with the interview, of course!
I started with the basics, then on to his life in the Navy. As the interview progressed I knew what questions needed to be asked. After learning of this man’s rank and position, I began asking questions about his missions. He completed 15 missions in raids over Iwo Jima, Philippine Islands and the Solomon Islands. He survived all missions without injury except one close brush with disaster. I further learned he served on the U.S.S. Hornet and has been back to visit the ship on display in Alameda, California.

I was privileged to have seen the scrapbook he kept of his days in the Navy. The pages were decorated with newspaper articles, Navy records, photographs of the plane and crew with which he served, and logs. I was also privileged to view the various medals this veteran had been decorated with.

The memories I will take from this interview are priceless. No matter if my novels are published or unpublished I will never forget the stories, memorabilia, the kindness or generosity that was displayed to me.

In conclusion, these words from this World War II veteran will always be replayed in my mind:

 “I wouldn’t trade my days in the Navy for anything, not for [a] million.”

…and I wouldn’t trade my time with him or his wife for a million either.
Did You Know?

Kate Smith and Irving Berlin donated all proceeds from the song "God Bless America" to Boy Scouts of America. To this day the Boy Scouts receive royalties.


Tomorrow's post: The Grumman Avenger Torpedo plane

Thursday, September 20, 2012


**Book Review Friday**

 
It’s the unofficial start to the weekend! Are you looking for a good book to read? Each Friday I will post a new review on novels I have recently read. Please be sure to check them out!

   Today’s Book Review: “This Fine Life” by Eva Marie Everson

Although not set during World War II, Eva Marie Everson does take you back in time to the 1960’s and into the lives of two people who are aristocratically polar opposites.

Mariette Putnam’s life after boarding school is being fashioned by the aspirations of her parents. Uncertain where she wants her own life to lead, she tries to find her own way. But before she can make up her mind, the handsome Thayne Scott sweeps her off her feet.

Knowing her parents would disapprove of her evolving relationship with Thayne, Mariette deceives her mother and father and elopes.

Broken relationships, blinded eyes, and harsh realities of life threaten the newlywed’s bond.

I’m sure you will receive a blessing as you walk through the pains of coarse relationships and the mending that brings healing to these characters.

 
I found this book gripping because it was so true to life and true to early difficulties in marriage. The characters and story were very relatable and I’m sure you will grow to love them as I did!