Home By Morning

Home By Morning

by Alexis Harrington
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Home By Morning by Alexis Harrington

October 1918: En route from New York to Seattle, Jessica Layton stops for a visit in her hometown of Powell Springs, Oregon, and comes face-to-face with Cole Braddock, her first and only love from years ago. Now Jessica is a highly accomplished clinical physician preparing for an exciting new job in Washington, and Cole is a successful horse breeder who is courting her sister Amy. Both are convinced they have moved beyond their youthful passion and the heartbreak it produced; nonetheless, they are grateful that Jessica’s brief visit will leave little opportunity to rehash old wounds. But before Dr. Layton can leave town, Powell Springs is hit hard by the influenza epidemic ravaging the country. With no other doctors available, Jessica must remain in Oregon and tend to her friends and former neighbors. Her work brings her in constant contact with Cole, and with each passing day he finds it harder to convince himself that mild-tempered Amy can fill his heart as Jessica once did. Set against the gritty backdrop of World War I and the epidemic of 1918, Home by Morning is a raw, compelling story of betrayal, heartbreak, and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612182056
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 12/24/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Alexis Harrington is the award-winning author of a dozen novels, including the international bestseller The Irish Bride. She spent twelve years working for consulting civil engineers before she changed track and became a full-time novelist. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys jewelry-making, needlework, embroidery, cooking, and entertaining friends. She lives in her native Pacific Northwest, near the Columbia River, with a variety of pets who do their best to distract her while she is working.

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Home By Morning 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
mav58 More than 1 year ago
Having followed the career of Ms. Harrington and enjoying her repertoire of historical fiction, I am pleased to give a resounding 5 stars to her latest work, "Home By Morning". As a medical professional and history buff, the setting of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic intermingled with the chaos of WWI are intriguing. Her descriptions of war and pestilence are astoundingly realistic and full of emotion; not the dry, droning "health class" descriptions of disease nor military academy recitations of the war experience. This is a narrative of those tragic events as they impacted common, every-day citizens. Woven through her story --- as in all of her novels --- are stories of characters whose spirits appear to be broken, but who discover the healing power of love. How these characters are impacted by the historical events is woven beautifully into the historical backdrop. I look forward to Ms. Harrington's next work and wish her continued success.
literarymuseVC More than 1 year ago
Jessica Layton, a medical doctor in the early 20th Century when women were frowned on for becoming doctors, is on her way to Seattle, Washington to take up a new position. She's been working in New York City and been overwhelmed by the poverty and needless illness bred from dirty and malnourished conditions. Now she stops off in her hometown of Powell Springs, Omaha and the sparks immediately start flying. First she ticks off the town quack with her useless remedies. Then she has to face her old boyfriend, Cole, now a successful horse breeder and who is supposedly courting Jessica's sister, Amy. Some sharp words pass among all of them but Jessica shrugs them off, knowing this is a temporary visit. Add to that the town is celebrating the town's one son who is about to go off to WWI. Pride in America is strong and anyone not patriotic is deemed a suspicious person worthy of being arrested. All that is about to drastically change! A young soldier falls seriously ill with what later came to be known as the 1918 epidemic of influenza. This is no ordinary flu however and the contagion becomes so severe that Jessica agrees to stay a few months, ill-prepared though she is. Fighting exhaustion, she forges on with patients who both die and recover, helped by Cole; even though it seems the more they meet, the more they fight, never saying what each really wants to say. But this illness and the enmity it breeds from Cole and a would-be suitor grows to crisis proportions. Fighting begins to take on more dangerous tones, and a secret will shock everyone around Jessica, bringing the novel to a surprising climax. Alexis Harrington starts her novel slowly; but once it takes off, one is flipping the pages faster and faster to see what will happen next. It's a well-told romance story but also a historical novel in the sense of the war and the illness, two major events that drive the plot of this adventurous, action-packed yet endearing story!!! Very nicely done, Ms. Harrington!
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gapeach976 More than 1 year ago
A beautiful love story with a couple of juicy unexpected twists, historicaly accurate and painted a colorful picture of it's place in U.S. history.
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FanofJane-11 More than 1 year ago
It's not that this book wasn't good, it had a good story line and all, but there were so many grammatical errors it was hard to enjoy it. Aren't books supposed to be edited and re- edited? Missing or misplaced commas, repeated phrases, run ons; it drove me crazy!
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