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Thanksgiving in World War II: how Thanksgiving was celebrated in the military and on the US home front during World War II.

Thanksgiving in World War II

During World War II, political wrangling over the date to celebrate Thanksgiving, rationing and shortages, restrictions on travel, and disruptions to treasured traditions might have altered plans, but the spirit prevailed. The country paused to gather with family, reflect on blessings, and thank the Lord—the giver of all good gifts. Norman Rockwell’s beautiful “Freedom from Want” painting made its debut in 19... Read Article
Appalachian Song by Michelle Shocklee

Appalachian Song by Michelle Shocklee

High in the Great Smoky Mountains in 1943, midwife Bertie Jenkins lives with her four unmarried sisters on the family homestead. When they find a pregnant teenager on their land, shot by her own father, the sisters take her in and hide her, nicknaming her Songbird on account of her beautiful singing voice. The sisters grow fond of Songbird and her baby, but what would happen if her abusive father learned where she wa... Read Article
Heart in the Clouds by Jennifer Mistmorgan

Heart in the Clouds by Jennifer Mistmorgan

In 1942, Maggie Morrison serves in the WAAF as the calm voice on the radio helping pilots to land at their English airfield. But she’s reeling from the loss of her mother and from a heart shattered by a rakish pilot. Australian pilot Alec Thomas is as confident with women as he is in the cockpit of his Lancaster bomber, so he’s taken aback to receive a chilly reception from Maggie. Impulsively, he accepts... Read Article
The Warsaw Sisters by Amanda Barratt

The Warsaw Sisters by Amanda Barratt

In 1939, twin sisters Antonina and Helena Dabrowska reluctantly see their beloved father off to defend Poland from the German invasion. Over the coming years, they will each be tested far more than they thought possible. Enraged that her true love, Marek, is forced to live in the Jewish ghetto, Antonina joins a resistance group that smuggles people out of the ghetto. Meanwhile, quiet Helena takes a secretarial job in... Read Article
The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham

The Letter Tree by Rachel Fordham

In 1924, Laura Bradshaw’s life is restricted by her controlling father and poisoned by her father’s deep hatred for his business rival, the Campbell family. Her few solaces include seeing the animals at the Buffalo Zoo and retrieving letters from a tree at the zoo – letters from her anonymous pen pal. When her father decides to marry her off to Abel Fredricks, a handsome entrepreneur, the chance of ... Read Article
We Three Kings by Crystal Caudill, Cara C. Putman, and Angela Ruth Strong

We Three Kings by Crystal Caudill, Cara Putman, and Angela Ruth Strong

“Star of Wonder” by Crystal Caudill In 1884, Celestia Isaacs boards the Golden Gestirn on her maiden voyage from New York to Germany, since her family has invested in the luxury ship, owned by the Weise family. Celestia adores Aldrich Weise, a man who shares her love of astronomy. Aldrich returns her affections but doesn’t dare say so. As the oldest son, Aldrich is required to take the helm of the c... Read Article
Letters from My Sister by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Letters from My Sister by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Living in Alabama in the early 1900s, Callie Bullock enjoys her beautiful home, her large and loving family, and the thrill of sitting in trees during storms. Her sister and best friend, Emmy, is engaged to the man of her dreams, and handsome Solomon Beckett buys a farm nearby. Then their housekeeper’s granddaughter comes from Chicago, newly widowed and extraordinarily beautiful. When Lily captures the attentio... Read Article
The Maid of Ballymacool by Jennifer Deibel

The Maid of Ballymacool by Jennifer Deibel

All her life, Brianna Kelly has only known servitude. Under the firm and cruel headmistress Maureen Magee, Brianna works long and hard hours as a maid at the boarding school of Ballymacool. She gets by through her faith and through her walks in the woods, where she finds intriguing artifacts, like a tarnished silver tray. Michael Wray, heir to Castlewray Estate, is given the unpleasant task of visiting Ballymacool to... Read Article
Embers in the London Sky cover reveal

Embers in the London Sky Cover Reveal

To find her child, she’ll stop at nothing. To report the truth will take him deep into the flames. Today I’m pleased to reveal the cover for my upcoming novel, Embers in the London Sky, which is scheduled to release from Revell Books on February 6, 2024. This is the first of three standalone novels, following three Dutch cousins who come to the United Kingdom in World War II. Embers in the London Sky is now a... Read Article
Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt summer 2023

Summer 2023 Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Winners

Thank you to all of you who participated in the Summer Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! We had over 1000 entries! You can see the winners for the five prize packs on Lisa Bergren’s website. In my post, I gave away three copies of The Sound of Light. Here are the winners… Anna Sothman Linda Palmer “Robinren” I’ll email the three winners today, June 19. Please respond by June 26, or IR... Read Article
Embers in the London Sky cover
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—Booklist starred review for Embers in the London Sky

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