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.