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While You Were Mine by [Creel, Ann Howard]
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From the Editor

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But in the case of While You Were Mine, a picture turned out to be worth an entire novel. You’ve probably seen the photo that inspired this book—it’s that iconic shot of a World War II–era sailor kissing a nurse in a back-bending swoon. Taken in Times Square, the shot captures unmistakable joy and relief at the end of war.

But who was that nurse? What was her story? Where did she end up after that kiss? No one knows. The photographer never got either of their names. And it was exactly this not-knowing that inspired Ann Howard Creel to create Gwen, a young nurse making her way in New York City during World War II—a time when people made extraordinary sacrifices, and whirlwind romances often led to hasty marriages and profound repercussions. Creel wondered, what if Gwen had to grapple with the outcome of one of these hasty marriages? What if she was left to care for a child of an MIA soldier when his unstable wife disappeared? Could she love this child as her own? What if the child’s father or mother returned?

I love that Creel let a snapshot open the door to an entire world and then created unforgettable characters in heartbreaking circumstances to inhabit it. I wonder what picture might inspire her next.

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor

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“Moving, beautifully written, and life-affirming. A powerful story that had me gripped from the very first page.” —Lindsay Jayne Ashford, author of The Color of Secrets

“A fascinating story set in an often overlooked time period. Ann Creel paints a beautiful picture of post-war New York City, and the tumult and pain the war caused.” —Eoin Dempsey, author of Finding Rebecca

Praise for The Magic of Ordinary Days:

“A gentle but powerful novel, combining a story of bittersweet love with a poignant account of the journey toward self-realization and acceptance.” BookPage

“[Ann Howard Creel’s] debut novel blends historical richness and a fine sense of place…A light, precisely observed novel.” Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Ann Howard Creel was born in Austin, Texas, and worked as a registered nurse before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of numerous children’s and young adult books as well as fiction for adults. Her children’s books have won several awards, and her novel The Magic of Ordinary Days was made into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie for CBS.

Creel currently lives in Paris, Kentucky.

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  • File Size: 2479 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (April 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: April 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012EZ3OMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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