Frank Swanson has plans. He has good job prospects, maybe even broadcasting in Hollywood. He has a beautiful wife. The war is an interruption to a good life he’s eager to get back to.
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Celebrate Lit
RELEASE DATE: August 31, 2017
“…to impart courage to our sons wheresoever they may be.” (FDR)
Terri Wangard does a beautiful job of combining vivid characters with authentic history. I always learn so much from reading her novels, but the learning takes place in the middle of the action – in the middle of the characters’ daily lives under the shadow of World War Two.
All of the characters are solidly defined with layered personalities, and they each represent different facets of the war. From the chief petty officer on the USS Spence to his Rosie-the-Riveter wife to her WAC sister, her Georgia friend and a grasshopper pilot who befriends them … you will learn the ups and downs and emotions involved with each of these aspects of WW2 as you get to know the characters who are living them out on the page.
Wheresoever They May Be reinforced for me the brevity of life and the courage of those who fought to save the world from the evil that threatened to win. This isn’t an easy read from that aspect – you will grieve as you read this book. For the characters you’ve grown to love, the ones who don’t come home and the ones who are left behind. But through it all weaves a tender theme: that God works everything for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). Not that everything IS good… but that He takes even the worst moments of our lives and uses them for our good.
Bottom Line: Wheresoever They May Be will engage all of your emotions. You’ll laugh, you’ll smile, you’ll cry, you’ll get angry, and you may even ugly-cry a time or two. Most of all, you will see true portraits of courage as well as cowardice. You will want to hug a few characters, purse whomp a few more, and struggle with them to understand how some events could happen. Above all, you will meet a loving Heavenly Father who keeps us in the palm of His hand, wheresoever we may be.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Good read!
Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.
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After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.
I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.
I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.
The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.
She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.
So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.
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