Title: Bronze Skies
Author: Ilona Fridl
Genre: Historical Romance
When her plane-crazy high school sweetheart goes off to join the Army Air Corps, Pam Wright writes him often but is disappointed that he doesn't reply to every letter. She's lonely, hurting from his seeming lack of interest, and dances with someone else one Saturday night.
By the time Pearl Harbor is attacked, Lieutenant Tom Shafer has been home on leave, explained how busy he's been with officer training, and made sure Pam will be waiting for him after the war. He's also had a fight with the guy who won't leave her alone after that one dance. But is it safe to leave her in the same town with this obsessed bully? How can Tom fulfill his promises to protect both his country and the love of his life?
At the end of one of the dance pieces, Tom took Pam's arm and led her to the stairs to the second floor where they sat on the steps halfway up. “Pam, I have to talk to you.”
A shudder of anticipation went through her. Is he going to ask me to marry him? “What is it?”
“Now that I've been in combat, I'm concerned that something might happen to me.” He squeezed her hand. “The only reason I haven't asked you to marry me is that I don't want to make you a young widow. I want to make sure I come out of this alive before I make that commitment to you.”
Tears blurred her eyes. “I've never seen you like this.”
“I'm telling you this, just in case you were wondering why I hadn't brought up the subject of marriage. As soon as this war is ended, I want you to be with me always, as you are here.” He patted his shirt pocket. “I guess you could call this⸺an unofficial engagement? I don't have a ring yet, to seal it.”
Pam swallowed hard and took both his hands in hers, to press them to her lips.
“Sweetheart,war is not a glorious thing. It's ugly. Death comes very easily out there. I remember my mother telling me about her grandfather, who went into the Civil War when he was nineteen, and how he never talked about it. I understand why.” He moved his hand from hers and pulled out metal tags that were on a chain around his neck. “We have to wear these to identify us, if anything happens.”
Her hand closed around the tags, still warm from his body. “Tom. I wish we didn't have to go through this war, but I understand what you're saying. There's no one I would even consider marrying other than you. I want to be your strength, your love. I will wait for you.”
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Ilona Fridl was born in the Los Angeles area of Southern California, where she lived the first twenty-one years of her life. In high school and college, she took Journalism and Creative Writing. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she met her husband, Mark. They started a locksmithing business and raised a daughter to adulthood. All the while, she dreamed about being a writer, but she hated typewriters. In the nineties, they purchased their first computer, and she never looked back. With some articles and short stories under her belt, she started her first novel. The eighth book is just being released by The Wild Rose Press. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, and a student of AllWriters in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
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