Virginia's War: Tierra, Texas 1944

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  • ISBN-13: 9780981597508
  • Publisher: Vire Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: French Letters Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,048,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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  • Posted March 22, 2009

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    Infectious and Entertaining

    Set in the spring of 1944, "Virginia's War" chronicles six months in the life of a small Texas town as its inhabitants struggle with everyday existence in the backdrop of WWII.

    Although war is raging a world away for Captain Will Hastings, life back home in Tierra, Texas goes on pretty much as usual with the exception of food rationings and other hardships brought on by the war. Unbeknownst to Captain Hastings, the entire community is under the impression that he and hometown beauty, Miss Virginia Sullivan, have recently tied the knot-a deception perpetrated by the father of the shockingly unwed and pregnant, Virginia.

    "Virginia's War is beautifully written and centers around the scandals, cover-ups, and politics of life in a small town where everybody knows everybody-or so they think.

    The front cover of "Virginia's War" has a lovely, nostalgic feel to it complete with an image of a winsome Virginia clasping handwritten letters from her soldier. I enjoyed having the visual of the heroine in my mind as I read her story.

    The author offers a unique perspective of Virginia's "adult" dilemma as viewed through the eyes of an endearing adolescent boy named Sandy Clayton. Mr. London captures the boy's infectious personality and unique viewpoint perfectly, giving the reader multiple chances to chuckle and reminisce about the innocence of childhood.

    Author, Jack London, sets a marvelous stage with which to draw the reader into his story, beginning with a taste of scandal in the prologue that divulges just enough conflict to whet the reader's appetite for more. He closes with an ending that leaves the reader satisfied but curious as to how the saga will unfold in the subsequent two volumes.

    "Virginia's War" is extremely well written, authentic to the time period, and very entertaining.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

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    Beautifully written story

    This novel, set against the backdrop of WWII, takes one into the life of a small Texas town where a young woman's choice changes the lives of those around her. Told from different viewpoints, the reader becomes instantly engaged with Virginia and the various "wars" she is waging on the home-front: with her vengeful brother, with her father's manipulations of the town and its inhabitants, and with the truth, of her life, her marriage and her pregnancy.

    Jack Woodville London's touching novel of small-town secrets, love, and the casualties of war is not what I had expected. On first glance, it appeared to be nice story, suitable entertainment for whiling away a rainy afternoon with a pot of tea. In reality, this piece is falls into what I would term literature rather than a piece of mind-candy. This is the sort of novel one does not come across very often. Mr. London's prose is beautiful without being pretentious. His characters come alive with a minimum of description and he handles their strengths and weaknesses in a manner that one can relate to. Further, Mr. London delivers a poignant, compelling story without gratuitous sex or violence.

    This book is the first in a trilogy and I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.

    Reviewed by Mairead Walpole of Crystal Reviews (www.crystalreviews.com)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2012

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    "ENORMOUS IN EVERY WAY! Jack Woodville London delivers a h

    "ENORMOUS IN EVERY WAY!

    Jack Woodville London delivers a historical Masterpiece of war, politics, love, and betrayal. This engaging story takes place during World War II and as the war is raging, so is conflict and deception in a small town in Texas. The author brings us behind the scenes as drama becomes intense, hardships worsen, and scandals blossom. The residents of Tierra come to life as well as a picture-perfect portrait of Texas painted by the author. Evil begins to spread as much as cover-ups in this rousing tale of heroism, passion, and courage. How did Captain Will Hastings find out about Virginia Sullivan's unexpected pregnancy, and does he continue to trust his hometown beauty? Does love begin to fade between Virginia and Will? This poignant story that's made for the Big screen grabs the reader's attention in the first chapter and is beautifully written with colorful characters. Mr. London portrays honor, loyalty, romance, and how devastation of war affects lives in this compelling novel that has you craving for more. "French Letters:Virginia's War:Tierra, Texas 1944" is as impressive as BRAVEHEART, as intriguing as PURPLE HEARTS, and as entertaining as THE COURAGE TO LOVE.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

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    Living Up To One's Own Fiction!

    WWII forced many couples to declare their love in the hopes that a beloved girlfriend would wait for her man who was off in the awful trench warfare stretching across Europe. Sandy, a young boy, who worships the world of wartime aviation, is the one who accidentally hears something he shouldn't and is threatened by the town "quack" with violence if he utters a single word.

    Virginia Sullivan's family are a unique lot. After Virginia reads in the local newspaper about her marriage by elopement to Will, she realizes that her father planted the story to protect her and the family's name. But just what is permissible when the young man, who may or may not be where everyone thinks he is, knows nothing of his supposed marriage or the fruit of that union?

    Patriotism is stronger in this war than ever before, and it is Virginia's father, who owns the local paper, who controls the news and most of Tierra, Texas. Rationing is the rule of the day, but it turns out that just about anything can be obtained through the influence of Pappy Sullivan. While he's manipulating and maneuvering the news and everyone's lives, Virginia's brother, Bart, who has evaded the draft, is busy wrecking lives around him and committing an act against Virginia that will have far-reaching effects that are far larger than Bart imagines.

    French Letters is the first of a planned series in which the reader meets small-town news, politics, culture and loyalty to a larger cause, WWII, which has transformed every life, even in a Southern backwater community like Tierra, Texas. Mr. London's got the characters, with their blatant flaws and virtues, exactly right, as well as the nature of wartime life in Southern America.

    Nicely done, Mr. London!

    Reviewed by Viviane Crystal on June 27, 2010

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