About This Book:
When Valleys Bloom Again
A Wartime Romance Set On Two Continents
by Pat Jeanne Davis
After fleeing impending war in England, nineteen-year-old Abby Stapleton works to correct her stammer and to become a teacher in America, only to discover this conflict has no boundaries and that a rejected suitor is intent on destroying her name, fiancé, and fragile faith.
As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.
Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?
Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?
Abby Stapleton, daughter of an English diplomat, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle because of the impending danger of World War II. Once in the United States, she begins going to college and forging a new life. She finds herself involved with Jim, who works as a gardener on her uncle’s estate. At first the relationship between Abby and her aunt oozes with tension and discord, especially when Jim and Abby become involved with each other. But through the pages of the book, her aunt comes to recognize how good Jim is for her niece.
I loved getting to know Abby and her family throughout the pages of the story. But even in the United States, Abby finds herself caught up in the war. Jim is drafted, and a German spy attempts to take everything that is dear to the two. He essentially uses his daughter as a pawn in his “game”.
Truly this book takes twist turns and covers two continents as well as the war, but in the end I basically was satisfied with how the book ended. But I have to say, I think there is a lot more that can and possibly needs to be written about these characters.
So if you like historical fiction, check out this book
I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.
PAT JEANNE DAVIS has a keen interest in 20th Century United States and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Her longtime interest in that era goes back to the real-life stories she heard about family members who served during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is a debut inspirational romance set in WWII. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her British-born husband. She writes from her home n Philadelphia, Pa. Pat has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She loves to hear from her readers. Visit her at https://www.patjeannedavis.com
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