When Valleys Bloom Again

When Valleys Bloom Again

by Pat Jeanne Davis


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As war approaches in 1939, Abby Stapleton's safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London-but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle's estate. Jim can't get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she'd consider him? He curses his poverty, and the disgrace of his father's desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage? Abby couldn't know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim-soon to be drafted by the US Army-or that she'd have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God's providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?

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ISBN-13: 9781948888929
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 01/17/2019
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

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When Valleys Bloom Again 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
PattiShene 6 months ago
This is a riveting World War II story that takes the reader back in time to a historic and horrific era. Abby Stapleton leaves her home in London to reside in the United States at the insistence of her father, who sees the dangers of impending war in Europe. She falls in love with Jim, an employee on her aunt and uncle’s estate, who is drafted into the U.S. Army and is sent to the battlefront. While Jim faces the peril of possible death, Abby is threatened with the loss of everything dear to her by a scheming suitor she rejects. This novel delves deep into the hearts of those who endured World War II, both the horrors of battle and the interminable waiting of those at home who longed for word from their loved ones. The story is authenticated by the author’s research, which enabled her to reconstruct the fears, doubts, homesickness, and faith of a soldier in combat. Pat Jeanne Davis also portrays well the restrictions imposed on civilians during this war-time era. Her use of descriptive detail revealed some facts about this period in history that were new to me and brought to light the destructive aftermath of an enemy attack. Her strong characterization provided a basis for tension and a triumph of good over evil achieved through faith, courage, loyalty, and love. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well-researched story set during World War II with the elements of intrigue, romance, tension, and strong characterization. Some lapses in time jolted me out of the story a bit, but not enough to distract me from the overall flow of the novel. I received a complimentary copy of When Valleys Bloom Again and have provided an honest review based on my reading experience, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
DonnaSchlachter 8 months ago
When Valleys Bloom Again is a delightful tale of espionage, deceit, faith, and love set in America and England during World War 2. The author has created great characters I would love to spend more time with, particularly in Abby and Jim, who, despite the circumstances, persevered in their love for each other and their faith that God would work things out somehow. Readers of historical romance and World War 2 fiction will appreciate the historical accuracy of this story, and anybody looking for a happily-ever-after will cheer for our lovebirds. From: Donna Schlachter, author of Double Jeopardy and Detours of the Heart (MissAdventure Brides Romance Collection) This is an honest review, in my own words. I received a free print copy of the book from the author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story had me hooked from the beginning! The author's voice was beautiful, and it's clear much research went into the book. Loved the twists and turns. Can't wait to read more from this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I traveled with Abby Stapleton each night from England on the Queen Mary to America and then back again. In Pat Jeanne Davis’ book, “When Valleys Bloom Again,” I learned what it was like to live through WWII through the eyes of a young girl torn between two continents, between two families. I was pulled in to each chapter, captivated by what would come into her life next! Would she find true love and a true vocation in life? A family secret…a mystery – would it be revealed? I read one night until 2:00 a.m. as my eyes were blurry but I was determined to read to the end! Thank you, Pat Jeanne Davis, for an intriguing, wonderful read. Looking forward for more to come!
ChristyD83 More than 1 year ago
The author does a fine job with her debut novel, When Valleys Bloom Again. Strong characters, a plot that evokes so many emotions, lovely description that brings the story to life, and a happily-ever-after ending despite difficult circumstances. The author's knowledge of the time period is impressive, and it makes for a story that truly takes you back in time. Highly recommended, and a must-read if you enjoy World War II–era fiction. (I received a free copy from the publisher and that I was under no obligation to write a review.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A lovely debut novel by Pat Jeanne Davis... you'l find the story sweet and engaging through compassionate characters and, especially, the protagonist, Abby, as she looks to her heart and beyond in her struggle to find her place in the world in a war-time era. Pat's eye for details takes the reader on a vivid adventure to a happy ending. Looking forward to Pat's next book. --Mary Cantell, author of women's fiction Her Glass Heart, Untying the Shadows, and Beyond the Roses.