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Home of Her Heart (Hearts of the War Book 2) Kindle Edition
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As with all of Ms. Hatfield’s books, this is a sweet, clean, and emotional romance, and this new series is based during World War II. One thing for sure, Ms. Hatfield writes a story with strong female characters, one with a backbone, grit, and integrity. The story has a great cast of characters, plenty of angst, emotion, and takes the reader back in time, and on a journey that will also bring parts of history to life
New Year’s Eve, 1941, just a couple weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, in Pendleton, Oregon, two people will meet and forever change their lives. For Sergeant Klayne Campbell, he will be dragged to a party, but stay hidden in the corner near a dying Christmas tree and fireplace people watching. For Delaney Danvers, she will reluctantly come to appease her best friend, Amy. Together, leaving the party and going to a local diner will allow these two time to talk and get to know each other. Can love happen at first sight?
Klayne has never known what family was like Having been abandoned at birth to an orphanage, and even shunned and treated poorly there; he has only had one friend his entire life, Billy. Together, they traveled the rails and countryside and eventually, joined the Army together. But now Billy is gone, killed in a training accident, and Klayne has volunteered for what has been deemed a suicide mission. Trained as a bombardier, all he knows is that his time in Pendleton is limited, and soon he will be shipping out.
Delaney Danvers isn’t considered a girly-girl, having worked just as hard as the men on their farm, and never one to date really, it comes as a shock to her that Klayne Campbell has turned her head. When he proposes to her his unorthodox plan to a marry of convenience so that if or when something happens to him, he can leave her with a small benefit, she will accept his offer of marriage, but not only in name.
The story is a very emotional roller coast ride of happiness, as well as heartache, of angst, anger, bitterness, disappointment, shocks, secrets, disillusion, forgiveness and new beginnings. Klayne’s good intentions leave Delaney feeling lost and confused, hiding their marriage, and a very unexpected surprise. Hearing newscast and seeing pictures in the paper and magazine shows him on a critical mission, but no word from him, and not able to get news from the military, leaving her in the dark.
Dealing with trouble on the farm, an injury to her father, and tragedy to their family will place the burden of the world on her shoulders. She can’t just curl up into herself; she must keep pushing forward for her family. No news is good news, but it leaves a young woman in limbo too. Having felt abandoned, seeing her soldier boy comes with such mixed emotions. “Klayne…Emotions swelled in her throat and obliterated her ability to speak. Anger, relief, elation, dismay, joy, and despair warred within her at the sight of him.”
Life will change, war has changed both of them and the family around them. Mixed emotions, along with feeling abandoned, leaves a war bride confused, and while thrilled to see her soldier alive, angry for months of silence and uncertainty. Can Klayne find forgiveness and happiness from the woman that gave him a reason to live? “Every inch forward he’d gain with his wife had been a battle of wills, determination, and just plain stubbornness.”
Sergeant Klayne Campbell and Delaney Danvers are thrown together at a New Year’s Eve party in 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The setting is Pendleton, Oregon, where Klayne is training for a top-secret dangerous mission at the airfield and Delaney is the daughter of a ranch owner outside of town.
A quiet, orphaned loner, Klayne has found purpose as a career military man and Delaney lies at the other end of the personality spectrum as a lively, charismatic and outspoken young woman. Their romantic intensity is almost immediate and ends in a hastily arranged war-time marriage.
For the sake of spoilers this reviewer will divulge no further details other than to extoll the virtues of this harrowing and gripping account of how the introduction of World War II accelerated and intensified all of the emotions everyone felt during that time of uncertainty. The author’s painstaking research on Klayne’s top secret mission is evident. Readers of the author’s Pendleton Petticoats series will be delighted to find several best-loved characters appearing in this epic account.
The chapters shuttle back and forth between Klayne’s and Delaney’s situations which heightens both interest and tension. The author achieves both a depth of emotion and drama unlike any of her previous works. I found this one of her finest works and now one of my all-time favorites. As a final compliment, what a fantastic move this story would make!
These two main characters were each dysfunctional in their own way, each letting their fears about their own imperfections, real and perceived, drive their decision making processes . It was interesting to see them work through these issues to strengthen their relationship, although at times I felt like throttling both of them. There was also a great cast of supporting characters that added depth and interest to the story .
Most of the story dealt with Delaney and her father working on the homefront dealing with the challenges of a wartime economy and labor shortages, and helping a child grieve the loss of parents do the war, while she waited for word of Klayne. The world war two action he was involved in centered around the bombing of Tokyo and other cities in Japan in the spring of 1942. The author shared the dangers and challenges experienced by those US Army air Corps be 25 crews who flew that mission. The author indicated in her afterword notes she spent a great deal of time researching that mission and what happened to the man who flew it. The details from her research came out in her writing . I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to those who enjoy clean, World War II romance.
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