- File Size: 3522 KB
- Print Length: 238 pages
- Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. (January 16, 2019)
- Publication Date: January 16, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MVV5TSN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jim didn't feel that he had many talents, yet his skills as a gardener helped Abby's uncle transform his estate into a place of great beauty. I really liked Jim's humility, care for his mother, and his ability to enjoy life without worrying about what others thought about him. He was a little insecure, however. Then again, aren't most of us?
Abby was a little bit of a spoiled brat, at least at the beginning of the book. She sulked over her parents sending her to America where she would be further away from the war that was threatening to come to England. And when her aunt treated her less than kindly, she did everything she could to avoid her. Abby did grow on me, however.
One of the things I really appreciated about When Valleys Bloom Again was the way the garden theme carried subtly throughout the story, and yet gardens played a role in Abby's life in many ways.
I also liked the way that the Queen Mary was the same boat that transported Abby to America and then transported Jim to England for his military service.
The story spans several years, and I have found novels that encompass a span of time like this can often drag as the author interjects snippets from the intervening time. Pat Jeanne Davis actually did quite well with this and had a good sense of when to add a glimpse of life at a point in time.
The plot was interesting and, for the most part, was executed well. There were some things I didn't feel made sense or seemed a little out of character. The characters did not quite seem three dimensional, and I didn't relate to them as well as I like to. While the author used a conversational method of imparting historical details in places, some of these felt forced and a bit like an information dump rathen than showing the reader these things.
I do recommend this for lovers of WWII fiction.
I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
She arrives at her aunt and uncle’s estate in Pennsylvania. Aunt Val is abrasive and Abby doesn’t understand why. Her uncle is a dear, but his health is failing.
Abby meets Jim, whom her parents wouldn’t approve of. He’s a poor gardener on the estate. Uncle Will’s nephew Henri is his self-absorbed attorney who has secrets of his own. He decides Abby would make a beautiful, pliable wife.
Abby wants to marry Jim. He’s drafted and sent to Europe. She can tell from his letters that the war is changing him. Does he still love her?
When Valleys Bloom Again covers a wide time frame, from 1939 to 1945. That necessitates skimming over some events that would be interesting to delve into further. For instances, is Henri really Uncle’s nephew or did something sinister happen? He’s nothing like Uncle Will.
Pat Jeanne Davis weaves a story of young people challenged through difficult times and still finding happiness. An intriguing debut novel of separation and duplicity, love and loss.
Published January 16th 2019 by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
(I received a free copy from the publisher and that I was under no obligation to write a review.)