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Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor, two medical professionals enlist in the service to help the injured soldiers. They meet while working in a hospital and marry right away. When the two are sent to separate front lines, their only method of communication is writing love letters to each other. In a war that seems like it will never end, they are concerned how long will it be before they see each other.
|Title: With Love, Wherever You Are, Paperback|
By: Dandi Daley Mackall
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)|
Weight: 13 ounces
Stock No: WW421223
After a whirlwind romance and wedding, Helen Eberhart Daley, an army nurse, and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. are sent to the front lines of Europe with only letters to connect them for months at a time.
Surrounded by danger and desperately wounded patients, they soon find that only the war seems realand their marriage more and more like a distant dream. If they make it through the war, will their marriage survive?
Based on the incredible true love story, With Love, Wherever You Are is an adult novel from beloved childrens author Dandi Daley Mackall.
Starred review. Mackalls tale of love in the European theater during WWII makes readers feel as though theyre there with Helen and Frank. . . No detail is too small, and no emotion is untapped. . . The no-holds-barred depictions of war, in-depth characterizations, and suspense make Mackalls historical novel an excellent choice.
In 1941, Helen Eberhart, RN, and Frank Daley, MD, meet in Battle Creek, Michigan, while preparing to be shipped overseas for wartime duty. Frank admires Helens determination and work ethic. Helen loves Franks compassion for others. After a brief courtship, they marryand are promptly sent in separate directions for assignments in European hospitals and mobile medical units. Throughout the war, they rely on letters, heavily censored and often delayed, to nurture their fledgling relationship. Key friendships lead to each developing a stronger faith in God.
Award-winning Mackall mined her parents voluminous wartime correspondence to give a fictionalized, detailed, and fascinating look not only at the struggles to maintain a wartime romance, but at the daily rigors, heartbreak, and hazards involved in wartime service. Captivating and realistic, With Love, Wherever You Are will appeal to readers who enjoy 1940s-era romance, adventure, and womens fiction. Photos of Mackalls parents add to the novels charm.
The story behind the story of this historical romance separates it from the pack of World War IIera fiction. Taking letters as well as mementos and personal narratives from her own parents, the author shapes their history into a novel with depth and heart. Readers will laugh and cry and frantically turn pages with lumps of dread or joy in their throats, all the while wanting to learn how it ends while simultaneously wishing to remain with these characters forever.
Newly graduated nurse Helen Eberhart enlists in the Army, but before she can go overseas, she finds herself tending wounded soldiers a little closer to home. Frank Daleys graduation from medical school sees him headed straight to boot camp by way of Helens hospital. A chance encounter leads to a whirlwind romance and eventually a wedding, even as Helen and Frank prepare for separate deployments. Amid the dangers of the front lines, they fight another battlekeeping a new marriage alive with only letters to stay connected.
Fact meets fiction in Dandi Daley Mackall's incredible love story, "With Love Wherever You Are," a fictionalized true story of a WWII whirlwind romance and wedding based on over "600 letters tied together with boot laces since 1945." Letters Dandi's father gave to her when he was dying and asked her "not to read" until he and Dandi's mother had passed on.
While her father believed her mother wouldn't want anyone reading about their "mushy melodramas," Dandi believed he was wrong. However, she honored her father's request and waited until her parent's death to write this captivating love story from the perspective of a "real-life couple" from "the greatest generation."
The story begins on December 7, 1941 when student nurse Helen Eberhart, Dandi's future mother, heard over the hospital's PA system: "President Roosevelt says the Japanese have attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii from the air..." Stunned, everyone stood around hospital beds and corridors, worried about family, more attacks and if they could complete their nursing degrees and internships. The war until now had seemed distant and far away and Helen didn't know she would soon ask, "Where do I sign up?"
Meanwhile in St. Louis, Missouri, Intern Frank Daley heard the hospital's chief of staff announce "...there has been an enemy attack on our forces...a surprise air attack with multiple explosions...and fatalities..." Until the announcement Frank's overriding concern had been to finish his internship and add MD to his name like all the other interns. For that to happen now, Frank and the other residents would have to enlist with a deferment, hoping the war would be over in a matter of weeks and they wouldn't be needed.
Thus begins a powerful and realistic love story that captures the love, faith and sacrifices of a young doctor and spirited nurse drawn together after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Although it was common knowledge war romances never lasted, Army nurse, Helen Eberhart and Lieutenant Frank Daley, M.D. defied the odds. Their powerful love story reflects the patriotism, the danger, struggles and loneliness of war and their touching concern and care for the "desperately wounded patients" from the "front lines of Europe."
Dandi breathes life into a couple molded by the depression years, a couple who served with honor during WWII and returned home to help rebuild a nation. She knew them as parents. The reader gets to know and love them through their letters and photos. Dandi's strong and warm characterizations combine with realistic dialogue to reflect the historical times and wartime experiences. This is an exceptional, well-done historical romance that will live long in your memory!
Author: Dandi Daley Mackall
Submitted: February 13, 2017
Tell us a little about yourself. I've been writing (professionally) for about 35 years. It's amazing the journey God leads us through. I began writing adult nonfiction inspirational and humor...and then I had kids. When they were babies, I wrote board books. As they grew, I wrote picture books, early readers, chapter books, teen novels, young adult novels, but I never stopped writing boards, etc--which explains why I have over 500 children's books. And now, I'm back to adult novels, like MY BOYFRIENDS' DOGS (also a Hallmark movie), and this new one, WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE.
What was your motivation behind this project? WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE is my dream book, my giant miracle. I grew up on the war stories of my parents, who met and married in Army boot camp, then were shipped to different countries, as Army Doctor and Army Nurse, caring for amputees, Allied soldiers, POWs, and survivors of concentration camps. For months at a time, they had nothing but letters to keep them together. When they died, they left me over 600 of those letters in an old Army trunk, detailed letters stacked and tied with boot laces, untouched since 1945. I've worked on this story for decades and can hardly believe it's actually finished!
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? It was a privilege for me to come to know young Helen and Frank, my parents as newlyweds. They each found a deeper faith through the horrors of war. I'd love for readers to be moved by a real love, tested to the max. But there's something else, something that's rare today--letter-writing. I hope readers will collect letters and stories from their relatives . . . and begin writing letters again.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? For the first few years, I couldn't read those letters without crying (which slows a gal down!). I'm so thankful for the stories and letters, though. What a loss it would have been if my parents' stories had died with them!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Tyndale House had a wonderful 2-minute video created for the book. (And they only had to film me for about 5 hours to get those 2 minutes! If anyone wants "the rest of the story," please check out my website.