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The Pendant's Promise Paperback – May 21, 2012
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From the Back Cover
From award-winning author Judythe Morgan comes a story of lost hope and remembered love, of hard truths and harder choices. A novel about the journey of one woman's heart that will stay in your memory.
In the sixties, high school graduate Lillian Reed envisioned a career as a Department of Army civilian until she met Green Beret Major Alex Cabot and fell in love.
Her future disintegrates when Alex's helicopter goes down in Vietnam. He's declared MIA, presumed dead. Pregnant and alone, Lily fabricates a marriage and widowhood to shield her illegitimate child from the stigma and herself from the shame.
Alex Cabot survives six years of hell in the Hanoi Hilton believing Lily is waiting for him. After his release, he thinks she married someone else and had another man's child. He swallows the betrayal and walks away without contacting her, but never fills the void in his heart.
Lily, unaware of his return, continues the comfortable life she created until her daughter's engagement party and she meets the groom's godfather-- her Alex, alive and well and eager to participate in wedding plans. Lily's world goes topsy-turvy as she faces the past, her lies, and a living, breathing Alex.
Can a love, sidetracked by war, be rekindled when the child born from that love feels betrayed or will Lily's original, well-intended lie cost her the only man she ever loved and her daughter?
About the Author
Award-winning author Judythe Morgan juggles many hats. AnAir Force daughter and Army wife, she's also a one time-Department of ArmyCivilian, mother/grandmother, antiques dealer, teacher, former mayor's wife,and sometimes-church pianist.
Those diverse experiences have made her life full, her stories authentic, andher characters vivid. You'll always find a satisfying ending because shebelieves in true love, second chances, and forgiveness.
Her fiction has earned numerous writing awards. To learn more, visit herwebsite at judythemorgan.com or her blog at judythewriter.com You canalso connect on FB, Twitter, and Goodreads.
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This is a "contemporary historical" novel set in the Vietnam and post-Vietnam eras. If you were a product of the turbulent sixties, like heroine Lillian Reed, this book will be more to you than a romance novel with a strong women's fiction slant.
Lily has feminist ideals, but, nonetheless, she is the virtuous daughter of a minister. Her life is changed when she falls in love with Green Beret Major Alex Cabot.
When Alex becomes MIA in Vietnam, Lily faces life as an unwed mother. Scared and alone, she did what she thought best to shield her child from the stigma of illegitimacy as it was viewed during that era.
Poor Lily should have heeded the words of Sir Walter Scott: "Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." (I'll confess that was one of my mother's favorite aphorisms. If I heard it once, I heard it a thousand times, and it probably accounts for my strict adherence to honesty in all matters.)
Strong characterization and a hero worthy of that label people this twining plot of lies and deception. Although at times I wanted to shake Lily and shout, "Just tell the truth," I understand why she acted in the way she did -- she was a product of her generation and the mores of the near past. Alex is wonderful. I mean what woman doesn't love a man who clings to the memory of the love of his life?
Lily was flawed, but in the way that makes her seem real and allows for her to grow. Author Judythe Morgan skillfully created her characters, and they'll seem real to you too.
If you like Barbara Delinsky, Danielle Steel, and women's fiction authors like that, you'll love this book.
A wonderful book that kept me turning the pages!
Alex and Lily open up whole new memories for me. So many of our young people simply dropped off the earth only to resurface again from POW camps. Too many didn't.
At that time, society's mores were very different. It was an act of courage for Lily to leave her family and go to live in Korea. When she discovers she's pregnant by a Green Beret who has been taken POW, Lily lies to protect her daughter. Any woman would.
But now she faces the supreme test when she must confront Alex with the truth. How much courage should one woman have to show?
Read this book if you were around in the sixties. You will be immersed with memories.
Read this book if you were not around in the sixties. You will understand what it was like.
This book is a keeper in your head and in your heart. You won't be able to stop thinking about it.
We all make youthful mistakes and it takes the years, sometimes, to realize how small white lies can spiral out of control. I love how the time span this book covers allows us to see the difference between perceived mistakes and real ones, and how wrong we really can be sometimes, but also that it's still, sometimes, possible, to fix things, even lives.
Lily and Alex have so much baggage to wade through, and Ms. Morgan's writing is so engrossing that you want to wave your magic Mom wand and fix it for them! I was pulled in right away, swept away to another time, then brought into their present lives and could picture both settings so well.
I honestly can't think of anything I wish had been different, and I'm always tweaking endings in the books I read! The Pendant's Promise leaves you with a sigh and a smile.