The Call to Serve is a story about 4 funny but loving Catholic ladies during World War II who are in love or looking for love. Their support of community and church provide them ample opportunities to fulfill their objectives. Whether they do or not, you will find out! But I will say that all 4 ladies experience a wonderful Christmas of 1943 in this first of my Cece Whittaker Stories!
So close to my heart, The Call to Serve is my first novel whose plot comes from imaginary goings on in my parents' generation. These folks held the country together during one of the great tragedies and victories of history known as World War II. Because of their pains and sacrifice, we have a heritage rich in the beautiful results of self-discipline, giving of oneself, and most importantly, adherence to the love of God and all that is good. As a Christian romance writer, I believe this, and other inspired books, bear out this theme with love.
The Call to Serve is suitable for readers of all ages, contains no objectionable language or situations.
Love in the Victory Garden follows a few unresolved situations created in The Call to Serve. It also represents my effort to show the glory and power of love, in all of its forms. Romantic love can drag a person through sorrow, but the strong hold on and find the reward in overwhelming happiness. The young but powerful love Bernice feels toward God and her calling is packaged in the clarity of seeing reality, staying focused on life and its true beauty. While love of friends and comrades in arms stand the test of time with the challenges rewarded in victories for battles never sought. Yet this story is told with a lot of humor, and celebration of human charm & appeal, as well as its vulnerability.
Like its predecessor, Love in the Victory Garden is suitable reading for all ages.
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Just as Joan and Annie, Bernice and Helen have begun to faithfully live with the hope that at the end of the War, all of their dreams will come true, everything seems to start coming apart for them. In their comic but caring way, they do the best they can to manage things as they seem to only get worse. Then, just as it appears that the holidays will be one long lonely affair, good news causes a turnabout and a dazzlingly Joyful Christmas Celebration!
When I started this manuscript, I was in a tough spot emotionally, with a lot of financial struggles and worries about friends' and family members' health. Writing is always a joy for me, and I knew if I just persevered, things would look better. Well, by the time I finished Indivisible Hearts, some family members' health had miraculously improved, and I had found a wonderful new friendship. Additionally, I coincidentally reconnected with a dear old friend and photographer, Thomas Klee, whose beautiful photo perfectly covers this latest manuscript. When I first saw that harbor photograph in its rich sunset splendour, I knew it was what I wanted for this story's cover, and Tom very kindly agreed.
So all in all, it turned out to be a surprising and even entertaining experience to visit with Annie, Joan, Bernice, and Helen again in these pages. It made me want to continue the series, just to see how they all make out in the future--and I probably will. Of course, I'm still broke, but I think that might be part of being a writer!
"With a faith that throttles an ocean of tears." John Denver
Like its predecessors, Indivisible Hearts is suitable reading for all ages.
Angels in the Rough
After waiting so long for Sly to come home, Annie is perplexed and hurt that barely home for a month, he’s off again. Finding sympathy from her best friend, Joan is tough when Dick has performed his own game of hide and seek.
Their disappointment reaches a wild combination of distress and hilarity when an urgent need for everyone's help changes everything. With everything changing and no solid futures, will Annie and Joan still walk down that aisle with their beloveds?
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This story is appropriate for readers of all ages.
As the title might suggest, there are some changes happening in Abbottsville! It was so much fun to work on this manuscript and let not only Annie, Joan, Helen, and Bernice come back to life, but also add a little fun with Rose and Clara, the two elderly ladies living in the neighborhood. With the War moving into the past for some, life in Abbottsville centers around the importance of welcoming home those who have served. It means making a place for folks in general, whether fighting the war or affected by it in some ways.
So the story continues. With Major Harry Ashenbach's disappearance, and Sly and Bobby jumping into action to try to locate and rescue, Annie, Joan, Helen, and Bernice find new support in their long and caring friendship. But Harry's troubles are far from the only ones confronting the girls in this fifth book in the Serve Series. Below are some excerpts.
“Dick saw it first. The ceiling looked as if it were breathing. He opened his mouth to say something, but he never got the chance. The forty-two-year-old ceiling breathed its last, crashing loudly down with finality onto all of the objects below in a terrifying scream followed by a deafening blast heard blocks away.”
"Joan fell into her arms, sobbing and petrified, the pain too much to bear alone. But even as she wept, her friends were on their knees, candle lit, and the rosary begun. The tea would wait. A stronger resource, the greatest resource, the love and light of God in Heaven above would take them through this."
Will Dick and Bob survive amidst the gnarled wreckage and debris? Will Sly make it home in time to attend his own wedding? If Harry makes it home in one piece, will he survive Helen’s response? Enjoy the suspense, camaraderie, and laughter in Love, Honor & the Cake.
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This story suitable for readers of all ages.