Had to Be You

Had to Be You

by Lyn Cote

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Coming of age in the deep Depression, Chloe's daughter Bette faces a troubled world. Her mother and father have taken in Gretel, a Jewish girl her same age sent by her family from Nazi Germany. In the KKK South this is met with animosity. As she finishes high school, Bette falls in love with a young man who applauds her family's decision. The two become informally engaged and Bette dreams of a future as a wife and mother with him, clipping recipes and living the quiet life.

But Hitler and others who seek world domination interfere with all her plans. Gretel studies in New York City and joins other American Jews, trying to expose Nazi's for what they are. Bette's fiance attends college in Georgetown while she works as a secretary in the War Department. And that job leads her into the murky world of espionage. The US, Canada and England have banded together to foil German spies working to gain American military secrets. Bette never considered being a spy even in her wildest dreams. But she will do anything to stop these enemies, those who are persecuting Gretel's family. But after swearing an oath, she can tell no on--not even the man she loves.

The Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. War crashes over them all and again Bette and her love are separated. Another man , a FBI agent, has entered her life, one who works with her to foil Hitler. A man she resists but who won't take no for an answer. When the war ends, which will she choose--the young man she fell in love with as a girl or the man who taught her how to be a spy?

The Carlyle Women-four generations, 
each facing the challenges of her time 
and each harboring her own painful secret~

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161829448
Publisher: Lyn Cote
Publication date: 09/28/2018
Series: The Carlyle Women , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 46,216
File size: 482 KB

About the Author

USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through. Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors. She lives in a lakeside cottage the northwoods of Wisconsin with her comfy husband and two adorable cats. Visit her website/blog at http://www.LynCote.com and find her on Facebook, GoodReads and Twitter.

Website https://www.BooksbyLynCote.com/SWBS

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Had to Be You 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Had to be You was a compelling story that kept me turning pages to find out what would happen next! The author did a great job of making me feel like I was back in the time period surrounding WWII and I loved reading about the world of espionage. There were some twists and turns in this storyline that I didn’t see coming, but they worked to propel the story along and kept me fascinated. I loved the way Bette grew emotionally in this novel. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series. (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own.
BMace More than 1 year ago
With the depression affecting everything from banks to farmers, even Carlyle Place was suffering. 1936 found Bette about to graduate from high school, the family had taken in a Jewish Girl from Germany and they were helping others where they could. Hitler was gaining power in Germany and those in the know were becoming concerned. Unlikely people were taking on jobs that would normally be frowned upon. The bombing of Pearl Harbour in 1941 found many joining up even before they could be drafted. Weddings either happened quickly or they were postponed. Those returning from the war brought with them scars that couldn't be seen, straining relationships even more. Between the Great War, the Depression and World War II the country had gone through many changes. Would the children of these times become the leaders of tomorrow? I received this book from the author and all opinions are my own.