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?
RENEE Q YANCY on Amazon wrote:
Journey to the days of World War II with its myriad challenges for survival. Parents want to protect their children, even when they’re legally of age. England isn’t safe in 1939, and Abby Stapleton’s parents are determined to send her to America.
She arrives at her aunt and uncle’s estate in Pennsylvania. Aunt Val is abrasive and Abby doesn’t understand why. Her uncle is a dear, but his health is failing.
Abby meets Jim, whom her parents wouldn’t approve of. He’s a poor gardener on the estate. Uncle Will’s nephew Henri is his self-absorbed attorney who has secrets of his own. He decides Abby would make a beautiful, pliable wife.
Abby wants to marry Jim. He’s drafted and sent to Europe. She can tell from his letters that the war is changing him. Does he still love her?
When Valleys Bloom Again covers a wide time frame, from 1939 to 1945. That necessitates skimming over some events that would be interesting to delve into further. For instances, is Henri really Uncle’s nephew or did something sinister happen? He’s nothing like Uncle Will.
Pat Jeanne Davis weaves a story of young people challenged through difficult times and still finding happiness. An intriguing debut novel of separation and duplicity, love and loss.
J. Mattis on Amazon wrote:
A sweet WWII romance with a likable heroine and a few twists and turns thrown into the plot to keep you interested. A nice clean read
Ann Ferri on Amazon wrote:
This story kept me turning the pages (to the neglect of laundry...cooking...sleep...). The word pictures the author paints are beautiful. There are a couple elements and question marks that I hope the author will dive into in a sequel! Definitely recommend to anyone who loves a good, clean, war romance.
(A free e-copy was provided to me from the publisher but I was under no obligation to leave a review
This is a very well written book. It has suspense, drama and romance and keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy from the author, but was not required to write a review. This is my honest opinion.
About the author
Her debut novel When Valleys Bloom Again is a WWII inspirational romance set in the US and UK, published by Elk Lake Publishing, releasing in February 2019. She loves to hear from her readers at https://www.patjeannedavis.com
She enjoys flower gardening, genealogy research and travelling with her British-born husband. Her articles, essays and short stories have appeared in print and online. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Novel Society. Pat has a particular interest in the World War II Era.