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Beth Borzoi has her heart set on becoming a veterinarian since graduating with honors from the local community college. As it was, she was forever helping out with animals on the Blazing B ranch, and on neighboring ranches.She had saved money for her continuing education, and planned to leave in the fall, a few short months away. When friends on a neighboring ranch ask for her help with the eye of one of their horses, she knows she’s going to need some way to get money to help for surgery the horse probably needs.

As she takes Jacob’s old, unused saddle, she is pretty sure he won’t miss it, and the silver can be melted down to pay the expense for surgery. She’s pretty sure he won’t mind; after all, she’s never seen him use it in the 15 years he’s lived at the ranch.

As “payment” for her help, her neighbor friends let her ride a retired racehorse stud being boarded at their ranch. The bad idea goes from rotten to catastrophic, as while out riding, the stallion is lathered into a frenzy by an unusually large grey wolf. The result is injury to Beth; death for the horse, and a lawsuit from its owner that most likely will result in the loss of the family’s fifth generation ranch.

In addition, her father has a heart attack on the way home from the court judgment and dies two days later. Already furious with her, Beth’s mother, Rose, tells her to leave the family, which is reinforced by her hateful older brother, Levi. Can Beth find a way to right the wrong and save the ranch?

That’s the basic plot. Early on, reading was a bit on the bizarre side. Throw in an estranged grandfather (Rose’s father, who kicked her out when she married Beth’s father), a wacko cracko doctor, a mysterious legend and shrine, and the wolf who can sort of speak to Beth and can go through walls, this book is riddled with strange events.

I loved it! I’m giving it 4.5 stars because it was a wee little disjointed in the introduction of the grandfather early in the book, and then also because it wasn’t finished. The story of how Jacob ended up with the mystical saddle and where it went after Beth took it- wasn’t given.

In addition, while we assume {SPOILER ALERT!} Jacob and Beth’s relationship gets resolved, we don’t see the details. If the intent is to have a sequel, I’m completely on board and will definitely go out of my way to get it.

Click Here to read the first two chapters!

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Book Description

Welcome to Hope Beach

Where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brothers and sisters are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, Libby’s under suspicion for the crime, and her handsome lieutenant clearly doubts her innocence. 

Libby’s dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find her friend and establish her innocence? Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?

My Review

If you like mysteries, you’ll like this book. If you enjoy romance, you’ll like this book. If you enjoy family drama and reconciliation, you’ll like this book. Me? I loved this book.

Libby has a lot thrown at her in a short amount of time: an inherited property from an absentee father, complete with new relatives including a sister and a brother who were counting on their inheritance; her best friend and business partner kidnapped before her eyes, which places her under suspicion when in her efforts to save the video of the abduction, it is erased instead; an attraction to the Coast Guard lieutenant who always seem to be in the right place at the right time, just when she needs help; and of course, the inn that she inherited, which, as a professional restoration expert, she knows is going to completely break her piggy bank unless she can unload it.

While there are a lot of things going on all at the same time, it’s not distracting, and none of the sub-plots detract from the overall story. As a rule, multiple story-lines with multiple characters (even with the benefit of a character tree) are not ones I can get into, because it’s too much effort to try to keep up with it all. This author, however, has masterfully woven all the characters and sub plots into a completely cohesive story, within which each part is critically essential to the overall tale.

I’d give this one more than 5 stars if I could. Bravo!

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Book Description

Sophia has her life all planned out—but her plan didn’t include being jilted or ending up in Dakota Territory. 

Sophia Makinoff is certain that 1876 is the year that she’ll become the wife of a certain US Congressman, and happily plans her debut into the Capitol city. But when he proposes to her roommate instead, Sophia is stunned. Hoping to flee her heartache and humiliation, she signs up with the Board of Foreign Missions on a whim.

With dreams of a romantic posting to the Far East, Sophia is dismayed to find she’s being sent to the Ponca Indian Agency in the bleak Dakota Territory. She can’t even run away effectively and begins to wonder how on earth she’ll be able to guide others as a missionary. But teaching the Ponca children provides her with a joy she has never known—and never expected—and ignites in her a passion for the people she’s sent to serve.

It’s a passion shared by the Agency carpenter, Willoughby Dunn, a man whose integrity and selflessness are unmatched. The Poncas are barely surviving. When U.S. policy decrees that they be uprooted from their land and marched hundreds of miles away in the middle of winter, Sophia and Will wade into rushing waters to fight for their friends, their love, and their destiny.

My Review

I really liked this book. I confess I finished it at least a week ago, and am still thinking about it.

As you know, I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and this one is based loosely on the Ponca Indian tribe. Near the end of the book, there’s a speech by Standing Bear, which is one of the only sources of documentation of the tribe’s removal by a member of the Ponca tribe.  I also especially appreciate how the ‘substantial paper trail’ left by government employees was woven into the storyline.

The reality of the conditions these folks endured is humbling. It’s also a needed reminder of the treatment of the US government during this particularly dark time in our country’s history.

Character development was sound, and knowing the storyline was based on some factual evidence really makes this one that leaves you thinking long after you’ve put the book down. I am always so intrigued when the author gives background information. I love that this author gives additional sources to check out.

I give this 5 out of 5 stars, and will definitely make a point to seek out other titles by this author.

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Book Description

You probably want to hear about Jennifer and the demons and how I played chicken with a freight train and—oh yeah—the weird murder . . . you’re definitely going to want to hear about that.

Sam Hopkins is a good kid who has fallen in with a bad crowd. Hanging around with car thieves and thugs, Sam knows it’s only a matter of time before he makes one bad decision too many and gets into real trouble.

But one day, Sam sees them harassing an eccentric schoolmate of his named Jennifer. When Sam finds the courage to face the bullies down, he loses a bad set of friends and acquires a very strange new one.

Because Jennifer is not just eccentric. To Sam, she seems downright crazy. She has terrifying hallucinations involving demons and the devil and death. And here’s the really crazy part: Sam is beginning to suspect that these visions may actually be prophecies—prophecies of something terrible that’s going to happen very soon. Unless he can stop it.

With no one to believe him, with no one to help him, Sam is now all alone in a race against time. Finding the truth before disaster strikes is going to be both crazy and very, very dangerous.

My Review

“But first, I have to tell you about the stupidest thing I ever did………….”

Sam is your typical high school kid. He is quite popular, and has lots of friends. Ok, not really. He’s not typical and he doesn’t have a lot of friends. He totally blames his dad for that. Sam, is, however, a PK. Preacher’s Kid. Yeah. Isn’t that grand?

Sam just wants to fit in, but because of his PK status, other kids clam up around him and get all prim and weird. Sam just wants to be normal…………

This book had me laughing out loud from page 1, which. Later on, I had to change books because I was reading in bed and didn’t want nightmares. I absolutely LOVED this book.

It starts with, “You see that dead guy by the side of the road? Yeah, the one lying in a pool of his blood with his face all messed up and his clothes all torn and dirty. That’s me.” The end of the first chapter ends with the bit about the stupidest thing he ever did. Seeing as I thought this book was about Jennifer’s demons, I was a little confused, but it didn’t matter because I was laughing.

The next chapter completely switches gears and goes to Jennifer’s perspective. And it’s creepy. And strange. Strange and creepy. Love it!

If you know anything about psychology and/or mental illness, you might be reading the book while another part of your brain is working on puzzle. Near the end, I came up with a hypothesis of what was going on, but it was really only because Sam started down a line of thinking that led me to it.

There was one part of the book where I was actually saying, “Go Dad!” because it was that good. Normally, I don’t like the parents in books, but this one had me cheering Sam’s dad. (What a great example, on this Father’s Day :lol:)

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Honestly, I’d give it more if I could. Get this book. You’ll love it. I’m definitely keeping my eye out for more of this author’s titles.

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Book Description

In a small Southern community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go.

Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where there’s not a lot of change. Until three women suddenly find themselves planted there for a season.

Janelle Evans hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened. And when Janelle proposes a Bible study a the local diner–and invites both African American and Caucasian women she has met–the group quickly forms a spiritual bond . . . and inadvertently adds to underlying tension in the community.

Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs. Will small town living affect her big ministry dreams?

And Stephanie London has the ideal life—married to a doctor in St. Louis with absolutely nothing she has to do. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels strangely compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.

As these women come together, facing disappointments both public and private, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches that have long been divided along racial lines. God’s plan for them in Hope Springs—and for Hope Springs itself—is bigger than they ever imagined.

My Review

I don’t know that this is a book in a series as much as there are other titles that focus on other characters that show up in this book.

Since I got this as an e-book, I’ll address that first. At the very beginning, there is a family tree. It’s not possible to adjust the settings so images get enlarged, and, as with other titles, this was one I couldn’t see well enough to do me any good because I didn’t have a magnifying glass handy. In addition, books with these kinds of helpers are generally best as hard copies because it’s much easier, in my opinion, to flip back and forth in a hard copy.

I found the number of story lines and characters to be too many. I had an awful time keeping up with who was who, and who was black and who was white. Race and relations between the two were a primary theme in this title. The issue of race relations was done tactfully and presented well.

I really do think this would have been better had the number of characters been decreased. There were just too many story lines going on at the same time for my personal taste.

It was a fast read and relatively engaging. Because of the level of character confusion, I’m going to have to give this 3.5 out of 5 stars. At the end of this book, there was the first chapter of a previous story. I will say that I am not interested in reading it because I’ve already read this book. There are other series I’ve read where I really do feel compelled to go back and read earlier titles to help me have a more complete picture, but this isn’t one of them.

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Book Description

The year is 1777. America is in turmoil. And Amish life is far different than today.

Pennsylvania in the late 18th century, once called William Penn’s Woods, was an assortment of different faiths living together for the first time in American history. Included in this tapestry was a small and struggling population called Amish.

Surrounding this peaceful people were unavoidable threats: both Patriots and the British were pillaging land and goods for the sake of the war, young Amishmen were leaving the faith to take up arms and defend freedom. A simple walk in the untamed forests could result in death, if not from bullet or arrow, then from an encounter with a wild animal.

Amid this time of tumult, Adam Wyse is fighting a personal battle. To possibly join the war efforts and leave his faith, which would mean walking away from the only woman he’s ever loved: Lena Yoder. But for that love he’s made a promise that may keep them apart permanently.

My Review

Generally speaking, I really love this genre. In this case, there is really too much going on for this to be a really gripping story.

I like the idea of a secret. I’m not Amish, of course, but this secret didn’t seem to be one that warranted the father’s behavior.

Then there was the love story: a promise made to a dying mother which resulted in the separation of the two in love; the insertion of the intended’s brother into the equation, now making it a triangle of sorts. We’ve also got a non-Amish wet-nurse, moved in to {obviously} sustain the newborn infant without a mother and the return of the infant’s father from imprisonment for not forking over all his goods to the military as asked.

While the plot pieces sound good, in reality, they didn’t fit together well. Parts seemed to repeat without adding new information; some incidents (like the rattlesnake bite) didn’t fit at all, and actually made me roll my eyes. The time line for everything that happened if I recall, took place over a course of weeks, which again, made it completely unrealistic.

I don’t think I’ve read any of this author’s others titles, and I probably would, just to see if her other books are better than this one. I love Amish fiction and I love historical fiction. This book, though, didn’t do much for me.  Because it wasn’t terrible, I’ll give it 3 stars.

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Book Description

Once you’ve seen, you can’t unsee. 

Brielle went to the city to chase her dreams and found tragedy instead. She’s come home to shabby little Stratus, Oregon, to live with her grief and her guilt . . . and an incredible, numbing cold she can’t seem to shake.

Jake’s the new guy at school. The boy next door with burning hands and an unbelievable gift that targets him for corruption.

Something more than fate has brought them together. An evil bigger than both of them lurks in the shadows nearby, hiding in plain sight. Two angels stand guard, unsure what’s going to happen. And a beauty brighter than either Brielle or Jake has ever seen is calling them to join the battle in a realm where all human choices begin.

A realm that only angels and demons—and Brielle—can perceive.

My Review

This was an ok debut novel.

I don’t mind a first person perspective, nor do I mind a multiple-character first person perspective. What I strongly dislike, though, is first person present tense. In this book, not only were we changing characters, but we were changing tenses, too, and this for me, really didn’t settle well.

I think the story line is good (although I would have written it a different way so it would make more sense), but the tense thing was really quite distracting. I couldn’t lose myself in the storyline because I kept having to make that shift. Ideally, it would have been written first person past tense, and that would have made this title considerably more enjoyable to read.

That being said, because it was the debut title, I will get the sequel if it’s not too spendy, which comes out February, 2013. I’m hoping by that point, the author has chosen a tense that is more consistent and believable. In addition, there was some formatting wonkiness in my e-copy.

I’d like to give this a higher rating, but I’m going to have to settle on 3.5. There was just so much MORE the author could have done to make the backstory and the climax situation more believable, but the groundwork just wasn’t there. I didn’t consider this particularly heavy reading, as I know some other reviewers have. Overall, a decent read.

This title will released to the public May 29, 2012.

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Book Description

C.R. Chapman investigates the Book of Revelation as an end time prophecy with HOPE and, through the use of numerous examples, charts, and references, presents readers with enlightening, analytical, meaningful and scriptural understanding of the many signs and symbolisms in this ancient holy text. Many of the warnings and events of End Time prophecy are in the form of symbolism which Chapman has methodically and diligently examined in Apocalyptic Tremors. The images of the seal period crown justice. The vengeance of Christ hears the cries of the martyrs. How can the four living creatures represent the apostate church and the true church? What on earth can the Korah Rebellion have in common with the Apocalypse? What are the two woes of ironic justice? Warfare or demon possession – which is worse? The “Qol” of the Day of the Lord brings judgment and indignation in forty-five days. In one day, history is buried beneath the bells engraved, “Holiness to the Lord.” The most exclusive and distinctive symbol to Apocalyptic Tremors is the Harvest Rapture which reflects ancient past and mirrors tomorrow’s future hope. The trump sounds and kingdoms fall; yet, HOPE prevails. There is purpose in tribulation where patience wins. The rewards of justice complete every covenant of God to the Jews and the Church.

My Review

I’m usually able to look for the positives in books, but this one leaves me struggling. This title was extremely difficult for me to get through. I felt like the author said the same things over and over and over again and found myself wondering why the book was as long as it was, because all of the material had been covered repeatedly.

Now, it could be true that I don’t know enough about the subject to “get” what the author was trying to do. What I do know to be true, however, is that when references are used, it’s better to go with actual published resources as opposed to, say, a blog and other resources on the internet. While I appreciate Father Joe’s blog, I, personally, would have looked for another printed or at least an “official” Church position on the kissing of the Koran by Pope John Paul II.

In addition, there should have been an explanation of which bible was used for reference. Maccabees 1 and 2 were used as references. The Protestant Bible doesn’t have the same chapters as the Catholic Bible and therefore doesn’t include either of the books of the Maccabees. Had I not known this, I would have been completely lost as to what that reference was.

One thing I can’t completely speak to were the graphics and charts used. Because I got an e-book, these were completely lost to me. Most of them had an entire side missing and those that were visible had such small font that even a magnifying glass wouldn’t have helped much (changing the font size does not affect graphic size on my Kindle). And, there were typos. In a few places, I noticed a repeat of actual text. I have no idea if this is specific to the electronic format or not, but it didn’t help my impression.

I would not recommend this title. Even without having done other studies on this particular subject, I am sure there are other studies and resources that are better out there. Truthfully, if I wasn’t reviewing this title, I would have abandoned it early on. I give it 2 stars out of 5, mostly because I’ve read other books that had more typos and misspelled words.

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Book Description

Rachel and Jordan’s feelings for each other are hostile at first, but angelic intervention helps the two discover peace . . . and perhaps love. 

The youngest and last unmarried of four sisters, Rachel Hartlzer spends most of her time helping with barn chores. Her role abruptly changes when her father hires Jordan Engles, the son he always wanted.

As Jordan takes on brotherly roles around the house, like escorting Rachel to the youth singing, the enmity between the two grows. Besides, Jordan has one foot in the Englisch world and is determined not to get involved with an Amish girl.

Neither realizes that God has sent an angel, Nathaniel, to help mend their hearts. The angel’s intervention helps them find peace and healing in accepting God’s will for their lives.

 

My Review

I have to say, this title was right up my alley. If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’ve no doubt figured out that I generally enjoy Amish fiction.

This book is Amish fiction with a twist. 🙂

Rachel is doing just fine helping her daed on the farm. Since her brother James’ death, she’s trying to ease her guilt, all the while staying away from the mundane tasks of cooking and sewing unmarried women of her age are usually afflicted with.

When Jordan unexpectedly enters the picture, Rachel is angry, being replaced by this interloper. He’s not even Amish! And her father is calling him sohn!

At 20 years old, Rachel is pretty sure she’s going to remain unmarried. She can’t cook anything edible, and her stitching and sewing abilities leave the wearer looking lopsided. She would much rather be out in the barn with the animals or out in the fields with her daed.

Jordan’s intrusion into her life leaves her conflicted. He’s not Amish, and not completely Englisch. Either way it doesn’t matter, because he’s not staying.

When tragedy strikes again, Jordan is long gone. Rachel finds herself in a situation she could never have expected, and she’s not sure she wants.

Can they find their true paths in life before it’s too late?

This is a really nice story of love, tragedy, redemption, soul-searching, all amidst a backdrop of the war of good vs. evil. This was the debut effort from this author, and I’m excited to read the other titles that are planned for this series.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I’ll definitely recommend this to friends I know that are interested in Amish fiction.

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This is kind of a combination post; book review and additional thoughts. Scroll down past the legal disclaimer to read the rest.

 

Book Description

December 1941 traces, day-by-day, the most important 31 days in the history of America’s participation in WWII, which snuffed out the lives of millions and changed history forever.

From December 1, 1941, until the morning of December 7, 1941, America was at peace and—with the exception of the stubborn and persistent high unemployment of the Great Depression—was a relatively happy country. By the afternoon of the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, America was a radically changed country, forever. Its isolationist impulses evaporated, and both major political parties became more or less internationalist. The month also introduced food and gas rationing, Victory Gardens, scrap drives, a military draft, and the conversion of Detroit into an “arsenal of democracy.” From the moment of America’s entry into World War II, people of all kinds, but mostly women looking for work, flooded into the city. Instant apartment buildings sprang up, as did eating and drinking salons, all to the advantage of the massive increase in spending generated by the federal government.

December 1941 is a fascinating and meticulously researched look at the American home front—her people, faith, economy, government, and culture.

“Craig Shirley’s December 1941 is a riveting narrative history of America in the crucible of the Second World War. A real page turner. Highly recommended.” –Douglas Brinkley, Professor of History at Rice University and New York Times bestseller of The Wilderness Warrior.

My Review

This is not the book for people who are short on time or just want an overview of the events of December 1941. To date, this title took me longer to read than any other book I can remember. Ever.

Normally, I’m not keen on books that drag on and on and take significant amounts of time to get through. This was not a title that kept me hanging on the edge of my seat- I assume this is because we already know what happened that horrible month, so there wasn’t a push to stay up and find out what happened next.

In hindsight, I would have really loved having this book as a hard copy. I thought I was making bookmarks on my Kindle, but apparently none of them stuck. And that is really disappointing, because there is some really good stuff in there!

What’s unique about this book is the scope. The author literally took headlines from newspapers and publications from around the world, and infused the them and content exerpt into this book. The result is a comprehensive look at the world at the time; rich with anecdotes, like

“Americans dressed up in suits and ties and dresses to go to the movies. Everyone wore hats, and they always put on their “Sunday best” to go to church, out to dinner, to take a train or an airplane. The whole idea was to make people think better of you as an individual;” 

“FM radio was not unheard of in 1941, just very expensive; an FM radio could cost as much as $390, more than most people’s wages in one month; ”

“Everyone smoked cigarettes in 1941, and everybody smoked cigarettes everywhere. In the movie theaters, in restaurants, on airplanes, in trains, at sporting events, at the office, even in the classrooms, Americans smoked ’em if they had ’em……………The average American in 1940 consumed 2,558 cigarettes, double that of ten years earlier, ”

and

“A cartoon in the Greeley (Co) Daily Tribune women’s page depicted a beat-up young woman, one eye blackened, head bandaged, and sporting a broken arm as she cheerily told three friends, “My boyfriend always starts a little spat just before Christmas.” But dozens of tamer cartoon strips were enjoyed by American parens and children. “Li’l Abner,” about a hayseed in Dog Patch; “Alley Oop,” a cave man in present times; “Blondie,” a ditsy wife and her equally ditsy husband Dagwood; “Prince Valiant,” a knight of the Round Table; and “Bringing up Father,” about Jiggs and Maggie, two socialites seemingly caught up in the time warp of 1922.”

Can you see why I got hooked? I honestly don’t remember the last book I read that I sank so completely into. I can’t imagine the amount of time it took the author to research this, but the end result was well, well worth it.

Some have said that this felt like a sports cast, with a play-by-play being announced. I won’t go that route, but I will say the comprehensive look at what was happening in the US and around the world left me feeling like *I* was in a time warp, and had been transported to that time.

The research that went into this book is simply astounding. Each chapter was a day of the month, and as I was nearing the end of the month, I was still only about 60% of the way through the book. Fully 35% of this title was reference and footnotes. That’s what I’m talking about, when I say this is a comprehensive overview of the world at-large during this month. Astonishing!

Because there were some editing issues, I don’t feel like I can give this book 5 out of 5 stars. I’m going to settle on 4.5 stars, though, because the content is just that good. If you love history like I do and want to be thoroughly immersed and engrossed in a title, this is the book for you. Be sure to pack your rations, though, because you’re going to need them!  🙂

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As you know by now, I am a somewhat of a history buff.  I firmly believe that knowing history- REALLY knowing it and understanding it- is the key to avoiding repeating the same mistakes over again. History is one of the easier things to manipulate, because as generations pass, it can be re-written and no one is around to remember and complain. (if you think I’m joking about this, open your kids’ history books and read about these events with a critical eye, from an American point of view……)

Folks that were around on 9/11 have a frame of comparison to the attack on Pearl Harbor; December 7, 1941, a “day that will live in infamy.” (FDR)

I am blessed to know a survivor of the USS Arizona. His twin brother, also on the Arizona, died that day.

If you have the opportunity to get to know a WWII veteran, take it. Spend some serious time with him/her, and record the memories. You will not regret it, I promise.

 

This was the first attack on US soil. There were lots of other firsts going on, too. FDR was the first president elected to 3 terms. The US was emerging from the first economic depression.

US war bonds were being issued for the first time, and Daylight Savings was put into effect for the first time, to accommodate a work day punctuated by nightly black-out periods, so the enemy flying overhead couldn’t see cities. Women went to work in factories for the first time, doing more than secretarial duties, mostly because of the draft.

And yet, despite these striking differences in generations and technology, I can’t help but to see the parallels in the government today, with the exception of unity and patriotism.

Read the book. Then come back and leave me your thoughts.  😀

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