Literary/Historical Fiction – Maddy’s Wings

Maddy's WingsMaddy’s Wings
By Jan Porter
Published: July 2018
ISBN: 978-1983852305
ASIN: B07FNBHT2B
Genre: Literary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Strong Female Characters
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“It was difficult to tell what was lightning, air fire or ground fire. It seemed we were trying to navigate a sky filled with fireworks within the middle of a storm. The plane shuddered, losing altitude in a dive that was too steep and too fast. Concerned that the stalling engine’s fire and tail rip may ignite the load of ammunition within, I instinctively banked, aiming offshore to the water below.”

“Maddy’s Wings is a heartwarming coming of age story!”

Maddy survived and now she wants to know why.

Racked with survivor’s guilt and beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s in her old age, 92-year-old Maddy has a painful recollection stuck on repeat – the moment she crashed a loaded B26 bomber during her role as an Air Auxiliary Pilot in World War II.

Maddy’s relives poignant memories; growing up during the Great Depression, war traumas, the death of her daughter and unborn grandchild, and yet it is the plane crash that she cannot get out of her head.

As Maddy’s memories fade and life draws to a close, she seeks to live her last moments to the fullest. From intriguing new neighbours to a pet pig and giggle brownies, humour and heartbreak abounds as she struggles to shake off the survivor’s guilt that has haunted her for so long. Maddy’s free-spirited adventures are thwarted by a ruthless elder care worker, who is making her life a misery. Strange events unfold – the decades old cold case of a murdered local Pastor surfaces, and shocking truths come to light about little sister Rosie’s life during and after the war.

What really caused that fateful plane crash? Why did Maddy survive while others lost their lives? What really happened to her little sister Rosie during the war?

As she faces the final challenges of life to set herself free from the shackles of culpability, Maddy may just redefine what it means to be a hero.

Jan Porter is an award-winning author of literary fiction and personal growth books.

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Historical Women’s Fiction – Laurel’s Choices

Laurel's ChoicesLaurel’s Choices
By Exie Wilde Henson
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 978-1478768227
ASIN: B01LW9AOW8
Genre: Historical Fiction Inspirational Fiction, Women’s Fiction
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Laurel Worth has been a public figure for most of her adult life – a well-known speaker for social issues such as the women’s right to vote and a successful teacher with nurse training. She is also known as the beautiful, auburn-haired daughter of an esteemed professor. Justin, her husband, is college educated and is already a successful, professional photographer. But, at heart, Justin is an adventurer. When he impulsively takes a job supervising a logging crew in the remote mountains of North Carolina, she finds herself and their two small children in a frightening, primitive environment.

Their new home is a rough-hewn, two-room shack in an isolated logging camp. Laurel’s challenges include a near-fatal rescue of her young child from the turbulent river, treating diphtheria, snake bites, and a panther attack, endless work as she teaches children in the camp and helps cook for the families and crew. Not to mention Justin’s kidnapping by moonshiners and a near death encounter with outlaws! And she is mightily irritated that Justin is thoroughly enjoying himself!

This lively, patriotic saga, folded within the pages of national and international events from 1920-1950, such as the Great Depression and World War II, showcases the indomitable American spirit and the powerful truth that it is not our circumstances but our choices, empowered by God’s adequacy, that determine who we become.

Will their marriage survive this calamitous lifestyle?
Will her faith sustain her, even against Justin’s unbelief?
Will her choices help them reach their envisioned destiny?

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Psychological/Historical/Religious Fiction – Chanting the Feminine Down

Chanting the Feminine DownChanting the Feminine Down
A Psychological, Religious, and Historical Novel
By James C. McCullagh
Published: November 2017
ISBN: 978-1979059909
ASIN: B07D6XTKVC
Genre: Psychological fiction; historical fiction; religious fiction
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Chanting the Feminine Down is at heart the painful journey of Colette, a young woman who struggles to come to grips with her Catholicism, her psychology and her soul. Vast in scope and coverage, the novel is a journey through history, mythology and time with the female protagonist searching for shards of the feminine in the Christian tradition while wrestling with the shadow of her own demons. Colette’s travels, musings and reflections take her from the present day to the various Catholic Church councils, making side trips with Boccaccio and the Renaissance crowd.

While Chanting is a religious and psychological novel, the bedrock of the narrative is personal and interior, as is reflected in the dozens of dreams experienced by the heroine which serve as a counterpoint to and a mirror of her bouts with Christian doctrine. Jungian psychology adds meaning and perspective both to her history and to events from the far past.

Chanting is also a feminist novel, not only because of the persona of the protagonist, but because she embraces heroic feminists throughout the ages who have stood up to patriarchy and the church. But for Colette, where will this embrace lead?

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Historical Fiction – Back Side of a Blue Moon

Back Side of a Blue MoonBack Side of a Blue Moon
The Boom Town Saga, Book 1
By Caleb Pirtle III
Publisher: Venture Galleries
ISBN: 978-1937569815
ASIN: B071XN6FY6
Genre: Historical Fiction
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Times are hard along the Sabine River, and the little East Texas town of Ashland is crumbling under the weight of the Great Depression. Families are broke and hungry. For many, their last meal may well have been their last meal. Families are giving up and leaving town. Everyone knows the fate that awaits the scattered farms. No one can save Ashland. It is as isolated as the back side of a blue moon.

Into town comes Doc Bannister wearing a straw boater and a white suit. He is the miracle man. He has a homemade doodlebug machine that, he says, can find oil and make them all rich. Oil, he swears, lies beneath the blistered farmstead of Eudora Durant. She thinks Doc is a flim flam man. The Sheriff believes he is a con artist. Both are convinced that Doc has come to town to swindle every dime he can get before hitting the road again. Ashland knows Doc may be crooked, but he has brought hope to a town that had no hope.

Eudora has everything Doc wants. She is a beautiful woman who owns cheap land. In Ashland, she is known as the scarlet woman. Whispers say she murdered her husband. No one has seen him since the night they heard a shotgun blast on her farm. The town wants oil. Doc wants Eudora. But Eudora is too independent and stubborn to fall for the charms of a silver-tongued charlatan.

She holds the fate of Ashland in her hands. Will she let Doc drill? Is there really oil lying deep beneath her sunbaked land? Can Doc find it? Or is he more interested in finding love than oil? What happens when a man with a checkered past comes face to face with a woman whose past is as mysterious as his?

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Historical Fiction – Islands of Deception: Lying with the Enemy

Islands of DeceptionIslands of Deception: Lying with the Enemy
By Constance Hood
Publisher: Waves Press
Published: January 2018
ISBN: 978-0999394618
ASIN: B0781G5GT6
Genre: Historical Fiction (WWII), Jewish, Immigration, Military – Espionage
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Peril awaits siblings Hans and Esther Bernsteen as the threat of a fascist Europe looms over 1939 Amsterdam. Separated by the choices they make, each lives a life of secrets and lies in the search for a path to survival. In a fit of temper, Esther destroys her U.S. Immigration Visa. Her brother Hans emigrates to seek his fortune in the U.S. and discovers his gift for investigation. Hans becomes a lone wolf, dropped by the U.S. Army into Axis territory with a camera, no ID, and no weapon. As a captive in Bergen Belsen, Esther seduces her SS captor from lust into love. Their twisted trails of brother and sister intersect as espionage and treachery follow them to a new home.

BASED ON A TRUE STORY

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Historical Fiction – Peculiar Savage Beauty

Peculiar Savage BeautyPeculiar Savage Beauty
By Jessica McCann
Publisher: Perspective Books
Published: April 2018
ISBN:      978-0999460207
ASIN: B0793F7RB9
Genre: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction
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The black blizzard is a formidable enemy. The furious storm blots out the sun, chokes the life from both man and beast. When RJ Evans finds herself engulfed in inky blackness and holed up beneath her Model AA Ford on an isolated plains road – dirt caked beneath her fingernails, skin flecked with blood drawn by the biting dust – she has no idea this trial won’t be her toughest.

What awaits her in the small farming town of Vanham, when she begins her job as a geologist for the U.S. Soil Conservation Service, is even more daunting. Drought and over-plowing by men determined to conquer the land have turned the once-lush plains into a brutal twin of the Sahara. Headstrong and intent on healing the earth through conservation farming, RJ must somehow find her place in a tight-knit community that welcomes neither women in authority nor changes to their way of life.

She befriends Woody, an autistic savant born in an era long before any medical diagnosis would explain his peculiar ways and unique talents. The locals label the young man an idiot and RJ an armchair farmer. Yet, in each other, they see so much more.

Beating back the dust is a daily battle in a war for the land. It is a clash that creates unlikely alliances. As RJ learns she must rely on her adversaries if she is to survive the dangers of the Dust Bowl, she also grows to realize that she – like the land itself – is in desperate need of love and healing.

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