About the Book
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 US 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?
About the Author
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 on the Philadelphia Main Line, in London and on Normandy.
She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and traveling with her British-born husband. She writes from her home in 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
rom the home front to the battlefield of WWII, readers will be intrigued by this detailed historical story. Although the story has an interesting premise, the story tends to drag most of the way, picking up a little towards the end, making it hard for readers to connect with the characters. Readers may find the audiobook especially hard to follow with the monotone and un-enthusiastic narrator. Due to this, readers may prefer to read a print or e-copy of the book. The story focuses mainly on a couple during the war and how their relationship stands the test of separation during the war. It’s about a time of struggle, danger, and feeling alone, but with the help of family and God, all is well.
Genre: historical, romance, Christian
Publisher: Elk lake Publishing
Narrator: DL Merlin
Publication date: Feb 8, 2021 (audiobok)
Number of pages:209
Disclosure statement: A complimentary review copy of this book was provided from tour groups, publishers, publicists, authors, and others, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, Or borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR borrowed from Deseret Bookshelf, OR pre-ordered/purchased for review, including Audible. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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