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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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 1.00 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1496421221
ISBN-13: 9781496421227

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Everyone knows that war romances never last . . .
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 real—and 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 children’s author Dandi Daley Mackall.

Editorial Reviews

Starred review. Mackall has crafted memorable, complex characters who courageously face the tragedy of war . . . the heartbreaking narrative and precise prose will stay with readers long after the final page.
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 Helen’s determination and work ethic. Helen loves Frank’s compassion for others. After a brief courtship, they marry—and 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 women’s fiction. Photos of Mackall’s parents add to the novel’s charm.
Starred review. Mackall’s tale of love in the European theater during WWII makes readers feel as though they’re 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 Mackall’s historical novel an excellent choice.
The “story behind the story” of this historical romance separates it from the pack of World War II–era 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 Daley’s graduation from medical school sees him headed straight to boot camp by way of Helen’s 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 battle—keeping 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!

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  1. KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Magnificent, Remarkable, Glorious Read!
    August 1, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Imagine being entrusted with hundreds of your parents' love letters with the caveat that you can't read them until both mom and dad are gone. What a bittersweet moment that must have been when the author finally got to open that first letter. As she read of their wartime romance, creative juices started to flow and the result is the astounding fictional account of Frank and Helen love's story. And it is totally brilliant.

    Be sure to read the author's note at the back of the book which includes the most spectacular pictures. There's one of Helen sitting on Frank's lap. She's smiling at the camera but he only has eyes for her. Besotted about sums him up -- in real life and the fictional one Mackall has created.

    Just to be clear -- this isn't a biography -- from what I understand, the author used the letters and her parents' wartime service as inspiration. Only she knows fact from fiction but vivid first-hand details make this one outstanding novel. From the hospital scenes to the outrageous banter between nurse and patient to the infuriating actions of the army (I hope they've evolved since the 1940s!) an authentic period vibe rings true through the entire read.

    I loved the format -- letters interspersed with actual scenes. Everything flowed together so well that I just couldn't put this book down. I wanted to savor every glorious moment of Frank and Helen's story. It was pretty much love at first sight for him. Not so much for her. Helen carries some wounds from childhood which makes her wary of love -- especially committing herself to marriage. But war sharpens emotions. There's conflict and tension, hope and despair, laughter and tears. In short -- the stuff real life is made of.

    A magnificent, remarkable, glorious read!
  2. Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good
    June 2, 2017
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for With Love, Wherever You Are.
    Army nurse Helen meets Frank, a doctor, and they have a whirlwind courtship and marriage. When both are sent separately to Europe during World War II, they exchange letters while waiting for the war to end. I thought this book was very good. Though fiction, the story is based on the author's parents, and actual letters and photographs are included.
  3. The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Book
    May 17, 2017
    The Modest Maiden
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With Love, Wherever You Are was my first book to read by Dandi Daley Mackall. It was wonderful! The writing was great, the words used for picturesque -- the whole book painted a wonderful portrait of life as a war nurse and doctor.

    This was a beautiful, true story of two young people trying to find their own way in life, and of the Lord's calling them to Himself when they came to the end of themselves, written by the daughter of the couple in the book.

    The scenes when the two were in a courtship were portrayed with a hint of fun and tenderness. The letters between the two were timeless. The separation of the two was written with heartbreaking pathos.

    The main story line was about a young doctor and a young nurse from two different states who met in one camp. They were together a short time before he left the camp. But he came back. And they were married. And within a couple days of the marriage they were sent to the front line of their choice -- chosen before they knew each other. One liked warmth and one liked cold, so were sent in two different directions. And they exchanged hundreds of letters while they were separated, as fast as the war-time mail would carry it. At every opportunity they would slip off to be with each other, if only for a few hours.

    This would be a book I would recommend for older readers -- both of them were sent to the front lines of World War II in medical positions. She was a nurse, and as such, there are several heartrending -- and true -- accounts of recovery for "the boys"; descriptions of family reunions, of mothers and fathers seeing their sons for the first time. There are several emotions expressed that may be complicated for younger readers. He was a doctor, and was sent with the British unit to the front lines in France, where there are some gruesome injuries encountered and treated.

    Would I read this book again? Yes. Would I pass this on to someone else to read? Absolutely =)
  4. Sue Galucki
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Time well spent
    May 2, 2017
    Sue Galucki
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I enjoy WWII novels and this one is a cut above most I have read. The author is writing about her own parents and was able to capture their unique situation as they served separately overseas and got to know one another through the letters they wrote. She successfully painted a picture of the grit, horrors, and discomfort of war in addition to the romance between Frank and Helen.
  5. Michelle
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lovely World War II Romance Based on a True Story
    April 21, 2017
    Michelle
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall brings the reader in the midst of World War II. It tells the love story of a doctor and a nurse who marry and correspond throughout the war from different parts of the world. Told through many letters as well as narrative, this book was based on a true story and real letters. I knew that as I began reading; however, I did not realize until later that the story was put together by the daughter of the couple. This was a fantastic read and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves clean romance and family stories. I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
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Author/Artist Review

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.

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