Publication Date: June 3, 2014
eBook; ISBN: 9781311184443
A second war. A second chance.
In December 1941, Charlotte Donahue is engaged to Nick Adler, a handsome, pre-law student at Georgetown University. Despite her studies at a liberal arts college, she expects nothing more than to marry her fiancé and settle into a conventional life as a young American homemaker. But her future is unexpectedly disrupted after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While Nick trains for the battlefront with the U.S. Army, Charlotte does her part by volunteering as a nurses’ aide with the American Red Cross.
Assigned to a convalescent ward at Walter Reed’s Army Medical Center, Charlotte discovers her passion lies, not in the home, but in tending to the wounds of injured soldiers, all of whom remind her of Nick. Here she is drawn to a mysterious soldier, Lieutenant William Kendrick, whose jet was shot down in the skies over Germany. As Will’s physical and psychological wounds begin to heal, he and Charlotte develop a friendship that will bind them together in ways they never imagined.
Battle Hymns is a poignant story of love, survival, and redemption set against the backdrop of the Second World War.
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"She couldn't speculate on what the future held for their relationship. All she knew for certain was that her plans for them had taken a drastic turn."
A tragic but sweet love story set during World War II. Charlotte Donahue and Nick Adler are in love, both are finishing college soon and the next logical step is to get engaged. Nick proposes to Charlotte, and she feels like all of her dreams have come true; however their engagement is on the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor. When Nick inevitably enlists in the Army, Charlotte is in a constant state of worry and needs something to do to keep her mind off things. She finds a volunteer position as a nursing assistant and is accepted at the Army Medical Center. There, she not only fills her time, but make a connection with an injured soldier with wounds that are more than skin deep.
This is a story that focuses on those left behind during the war and the obstacles they must face. While Charlotte may not have to see the brutalities of war, her life is still thrown into an upheaval. I enjoyed reading about a women's perspective through the war, especially since Charlotte's character is stronger and chooses to do more than sit and feel sorry for herself. Though the plot line in Battle Hymns was not unexpected, the way it was told is moving and written in a way I could easily empathize with. More than anything, this novel is about love and survival; Charlotte's wave of emotions carried me through love, heartbreak, grief, recovery and love again in a natural way.
A beautiful debut novel for Cara Langston, I'll want to read more!
Cara is a novelist of historical fiction. She has two novels in the works. Battle Hymns is a historical romance set in Washington, D.C. from 1941 to 1943. It will be published on June 3, 2014. The Glassmaker’s Wife is a historical romance set in 1925 Chicago and is still very much in progress.
Cara has been an avid reader – especially of historical fiction, classics, and mystery novels – since she was young. She read all of the American Girl books when she was in 5th grade, even though her parents could not afford to buy her a doll. In middle school, she was obsessed with the only two Ann Rinaldi books in the school library. They taught her about the 1770 Boston Massacre and the Salem Witch Trials before her history classes ever did. And that was when Cara’s love of historical fiction was born. She didn’t begin writing, though, until her senior year at the University of Georgia, where she studied Finance and had already committed to a career in the corporate world. One day she will be able to quit working for The Man and focus on her writing. Until then, it pays the bills.
When she’s not writing or working, Cara enjoys drinking red wine, watching bad television, doing genealogical research, obsessing over the Duchess of Cambridge’s every outfit, and finding the best guacamole in Texas. Cara currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her husband and their dog.
For more information please visit Cara Langston’s website. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and Pinterest.
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