The Unfinished Gift
1943 – Pennsylvania
It’s Christmastime in 1943. An old man is without his son, a young boy without his father. Patrick Collins has just three things on his Christmas list. He wants the Army to find his father. He wants to leave his grandfather’s house. And he wants the dusty wooden soldier in his grandfather’s attic–the one he is forbidden to touch.
1940s – Missouri
Soldier Red Meyers had looked forward to the day he could return to Hideaway, Missouri, and to his sweetheart, Bertie Moennig. But his dreams were shattered when he was wounded in the last stages of World War II in Europe. Bertie was beautiful inside and out–she deserved a whole man. Red was determined to keep his distance.
But a tragedy on the home front brought the couple face-to-face for the first time in years, and now a dangerous mystery threatened both their lives. As they fought for survival in their tiny Ozark town, Red had to summon the faith and courage to protect the woman he’d never stopped loving.
A Woman’s Place
1942 – Michigan
They watched their sons, their brothers, and their husbands enlist to fight a growing menace across the seas. And when their nation asked, they answered the call as well. Virginia longs to find a purpose beyond others’ expectations. Helen is driven by a loneliness money can’t fulfill. Rosa is desperate to flee her in-laws’ rules. Jean hopes to prove herself in a man’s world. Under the storm clouds of destruction that threaten America during the early 1940s, this unlikely gathering of women will experience life in sometimes starling new ways as their beliefs are challenged and they struggle toward a new understanding of what love and sacrifice truly mean.