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IN TIMES OF WAR - PAT JEANNE DAVIS
Friday, September 20, 2019 by Patti Shene

 

FEATURED BOOK:  When Valleys Bloom Again

AUTHORPat Jeanne Davis

PUBLISHER:  Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.                 

GENRE:  Historical Inspirational Romance

SERIES OR STAND ALONE:  Stand Alone

TARGET AGE:  18 and older

 

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR PAT JEANNE DAVIS TO PATTI’S PORCH. PAT SHARES THE PERSONAL MOTIVATION AND RESEARCH BEHIND HER DEBUT HISTORICAL ROMANCE, WHEN VALLEYS BLOOM AGAIN.

 

 

 

PAT IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY! SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING FOR A PRINT COPY OF WHEN VALLEYS BLOOM AGAIN.

 

 

 

IN TIMES OF WAR

 

 

 

A question I’ve been asked by readers is why a World War II novel and why this protagonist. Members of my family in the US served in Alaska and in the European Theater in WWII. When war was declared by Britain in 1939, my father-in-law was conscripted into the British Eighth Army and served his country until late 1945. He was in North Africa, Dunkirk, Normandy, and throughout Europe. He and his wife were married for only two months when he was called up for service. During a tour of duty that lasted 6 years, my father-in-law came home only three times for very short visits. I had the privilege of reading many of the letters he sent home to Amy, his wife. This enabled me to more fully immerse myself for a time into his world as a homesick soldier longing to be at home with his bride. My husband has a few of the items his father wore then and some that were in his kit brought back from the battlefield.

 

 

 

Over the years, I’ve had a keen interest in this historical period and wanted to write a faith-based novel with an Anglo-American connection, setting a portion of the story in both England as well as in the US.

 

 

 

I found an opening for When Valleys Bloom Again after reading a biography on the life of Kathleen Kennedy, daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, the United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He and his family were living in London when Britain declared war. Kathleen Kennedy’s story intrigued me. She was forced by her father to return to the US for her safety. Kathleen had made many friends while living in London and was determined to return some day. She eventually did go back, served in the British Red Cross, and married William Cavendish who was in line to become the next Duke of Devonshire. Sadly, he died in battle a few months after their marriage.

 

 

 

While visiting Chatsworth House, the home of the present Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, I found the grave of Kathleen Kennedy in St. Peter’s Churchyard, not far from Chatsworth House. She too died tragically shortly after peace was declared. I learned from a tour guide there that in 1963 President John Kennedy had visited his sister Kathleen’s grave while on his way home from a trip to Ireland, only six months before his assassination. He and his sister had been very close throughout her life. Standing before Kathleen’s grave, I could only imagine the sorrow President Kennedy felt.

 

 

 

I based my protagonist, Abby Stapleton, only loosely on Kathleen Kennedy’s situation at the outbreak of war in 1939. Abby is the American-born daughter of a British diplomat. Her father sends her back to the US to escape impending war. She too vows to return to London.

 

 

 

Research is a large part of any historical novel. Readers want to know how I went about conducting research for When Valleys Bloom Again. In the course of my research, I interviewed veterans of the war in both the UK and US. I read books and saw many films set in that era.

 

 

 

On repeated trips to England over the years with my British husband at my side, we visited an actual air raid shelter still intact where my mother-in-law sought protection during raids. This was a moving experience for us both. I also visited war museums, an aerodrome and the Churchill War Rooms in London. These research excursions were even more emotionally charged for me knowing that my husband had been there as a young lad on visits with his dad—a man who knew first-hand about those dark days of World War II.

 

Blurb for When Valleys Bloom Again

A Wartime Romance Set On Two Continents

Tagline:  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 herself 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?

 

 

Patti’s review of When Valleys Bloom Again

This is a riveting World War II story that takes the reader back in time to a historic and horrific era. Abby Stapleton leaves her home in London to reside in the United States at the insistence of her father, who sees the dangers of impending war in Europe. She falls in love with Jim, an employee on her aunt and uncle’s estate, who is drafted into the U.S. Army and is sent to the battlefront. While Jim faces the peril of possible death, Abby is threatened with the loss of everything dear to her by a scheming suitor she rejects.

This novel delves deep into the hearts of those who endured World War II, both the horrors of battle and the interminable waiting of those at home who longed for word from their loved ones. The story is authenticated by the author’s research, which enabled her to reconstruct the fears, doubts, homesickness, and faith of a soldier in combat.

Pat Jeanne Davis portrays well the restrictions imposed on civilians during this war-time era. Her use of descriptive detail revealed some facts about this period in history that were new to me and brought to light the destructive aftermath of an enemy attack. Her strong characterization provided a basis for tension and a triumph of good over evil achieved through faith, courage, loyalty, and love.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-researched story set during World War II with the elements of intrigue, romance, tension, and strong characterization. Some lapses in time jolted me out of the story a bit, but not enough to distract me from the overall flow of the novel.

I received a complimentary copy of When Valleys Bloom Again and have provided an honest review based on my reading experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

 

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PAT JEANNE DAVIS lives in Philadelphia, Pa with her British-born husband, John. They have two grown sons. She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her husband. Pat has published essays, short stories and articles online and in print. She has a keen interest in twentieth-century American and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Pat’s father-in-law served in the British Eighth Army during the war. When Valleys Bloom Again is her debut historical romance set in that era. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Historical Novel Society. Pat loves to hear from her readers. Subscribe to her newsletter at her website.

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Comments

Pat Davis From Philadelphia, PA At 9/30/2019 10:36:57 AM

Many thanks, Linda May, for stopping by Patti's Porch and leaving your comment for me. God bless. Pat

Linda May From IL At 9/29/2019 10:54:14 AM

This book sounds absolutely amazing, Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Linda. Thank you so much for stopping by and entering the drawing. Blessings!

Pat Davis From Philadelphia, PA At 9/26/2019 4:01:27 PM

Thank you, Bonnie. for leaving a comment here. If you win a copy of my debut novel, I hope you'll love the story. Thanks also for your kind words.

Bonnie Traher From Nanticoke, Pa At 9/24/2019 8:04:22 PM

Looks like a must read. Would be thrilled to win a print copy.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Bonnie. Thank you for stopping by and entering the drawing. I wish you the best!

Pat Davis From Philadelphia, PA At 9/24/2019 12:15:00 PM

I appreciate your stopping by, Vivian, and leaving your comment about your father's experience in World War II. If you win a copy of my novel, I hope you'll enjoy this story. All the best.

Vivian Furbay From CO At 9/23/2019 7:22:09 AM

What an interesting story! My Dad was a master navigator an flew in planes in WW2. I would like to read this book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Vivian. Thank you for stopping by. You are in the drawing.

pat jeanne davis From Philadelphia, PA At 9/22/2019 4:15:18 PM

Thank you for the opportunity to visit here, Patti. I appreciate the comments from Paula, Kelly and Ann with the kind words for the book cover from Kelly. Delighted you enjoy Christian WWII fiction. I trust my novel will entertain and also provide a ray of hope for those dark days, It was a fascina

Reply by: Patti Shene

Pat, it is a delight to have you visit Patti's Porch. The book was a wonderful read and I am sure others who read it will enjoy it as much as I did!

Paula Shreckhise From Missouri, USA At 9/21/2019 8:53:09 PM

I love historicals. Especially having to do with the War.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Paula. I like historicals as well and always pick up tidbits about what life was like in a different time in history. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.

Kelly Barr From Lancaster County, PA At 9/21/2019 2:34:32 PM

I live historical romance stories, and this one sounds so good. I love the cover too. It's stunning. I look forward to reading this book.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Kelly. Thank you so much for stopping by. I wish you the best in the contest drawing!

Ann McGraw From New Market, TN At 9/21/2019 1:07:03 PM

Thank you for writing about WWII period of time! It is my favorite time period to read about.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Ann. Thank you for stopping by and letting us know you were here. WWII is a fascinating time period.

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Manners Are Golden ~ What the Bible Says by Nike Chillemi
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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A Matter of Perspective
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Monopoly!
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welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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Wildlife Video
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Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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One Spectacular Christmas Display
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Shared Experience
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Facing the Monster
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Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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I Can't Do This!
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BREAKING THE RULES
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WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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Vulnerability to Fear
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Faith and Fear
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Those Temporary Interruptions
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Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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Winter - Bah Humbug!
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Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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Accountability in the Extreme
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The day after Christmas
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It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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News From Nashville & Beyond
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Welcome Home!
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GPCWC in Restospect
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Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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