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About the Book
Book title: Wheresoever They May Be
Author: Terri Wangard
Release date: August 30, 2017
Genre: Historical – World War II
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.
I cannot start this review without mentioning the cover. The lighting is perfect, the cover model looks wonderful, and I love that shade of red! It just really grabbed my attention and made me want to learn more about this mysterious yet sad woman. And that beautiful background? I want to go there. It just looks so inviting and relaxing. It was love at first sight!
Now for the story. First of all, I loved the four point of views. I know having that many POV’s can confuse a lot of people, but I did not find that to be a problem for me. I was able to keep each story straight and each character straight in my mind, and easily transitioned between chapters. In fact, I think I preferred having four POV’s in this story. Why? Well because you got to see four different aspects of the war, all in one story. It was simply amazing to me. And I learned enough about each character that I could easily connect with them, although I have to admit that I felt a closer connection to Lily then the others. I cannot really put my finger on why or how, but I just really found myself captivated with her character and her situation.
Here’s the thing, although this book is a work of fiction, you can actually learn quite a bit if you read close enough. Terri Wangard has mastered the art of research and it shows in her books. This was no exception. Every single detail provided was proof that she knows what she is talking about! And check out her info – she rode in a WWII B-17! That is dedication right there. As a reader I appreciate an author who is so dedicated to keeping the story real to the time period. I know when I am reading a book by Terri I am getting just that. And not only are they jam packed full of information, the stories she weaves are interesting and beautifully written.
I highly recommend this book, whether you are a historical fiction lover, a war fiction lover, or just a lover of all things book related. The characters will charm you, and yes make you cry at times. But above all, you will see the many different sides to war that you may not have thought of before. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
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.
Guest Post from Terri Wangard
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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