Title: A War Apart
Author: Barbara Whitaker
Genre: Historical Romance
Anger at her cheating husband spurs grieving war widow Rosemary Hopkins to spend an impromptu night with an overseas-bound soldier. Fearing her small hometown would discover her secret, she makes him promise to not write her. Yet, she can't forget him.
Eager to talk to a pretty girl before shipping out to fight the Germans, Guy Nolan impulsively implies they're married and buys her ticket. The encounter transforms into the most memorable night of his life when he falls for a woman he will never see again.
While Guy tries to stay alive in combat, Rosemary finds work in a secret defense plant and a possible future with another soldier. Will she choose security or passion? Can she survive another loss?
"What?" she gasped. “But you don’t understand. I have to get there.” She gripped the counter with her free hand, holding on for dear life. “I can’t stay here. I...I...” The words wouldn’t come. She couldn’t say it, yet she had to make him understand. “My husband...”
A man pushed his way to her side, a man in a uniform. “I have orders to report to Camp Atterbury, Indiana. And she’s going home to stay with her sick mother, isn’t that right, dear?”
Rosemary looked up into soft green eyes peering from beneath bushy brows. He nodded ever so slightly and for some odd reason she instinctively trusted him.
“Aren’t you supposed to give priority to the military?” he continued in an authoritative tone.
The clerk looked from the soldier back to her. “Are you...together?”
She nodded emphatically, intentionally raising her left hand to expose the gold band. If she didn’t go along with this man, she’d be waiting here for almost a week.
“Well, in that case,” the clerk stammered. “Let me see.”
The man searched his schedules. The sight of a uniform certainly changed his attitude.
“Let’s see now, madam, do you want to accompany your husband all the way to Indiana? Then go south to Tennessee? Or would you mind parting ways a bit earlier? In Chicago?”
She looked up again into that kind, gently smiling face. A nice face. She prayed she could trust him.
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If you are looking for a deeply emotional, sweet love story with the action of battle scenes and the intrigue of a mysterious defense plant, A War Apart will give you all that and more. A "must read" for history lovers and military buffs who want to experience life during WWII.
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Barbara's a small town girl from Tennessee with a lifelong love of historical romantic fiction. Her fascination with stories about World War II led her to write about couples finding love during that tumultuous time. Now residing in Northeast Florida, Barbara spends her time reading, watching old, black-and-white movies and listening to big band music.
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