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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.
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful BookMay 17, 2017The Modest MaidenAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With 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 =)
Sue Galucki5 Stars Out Of 5Time well spentMay 2, 2017Sue GaluckiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I 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.
Michelle5 Stars Out Of 5Lovely World War II Romance Based on a True StoryApril 21, 2017MichelleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5With 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.
Karen RWAGender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5A wonderful WW2 romanceApril 14, 2017Karen RWAGender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A lovely WW2 romance based on the author's own parent's story, told mainly through their correspondence. The narrative between the letters is well-written, filling in the story, and giving a perspective from both Helen and Frank, with a touch of humor sometimes. Their frustrations of being separated, and determination to find a way to see each other, and remain loyal to their vows is conveyed well. Their love story is a bright contrast to the daily challenges they face as Army medical personnel, and the ugly reality of war that surrounds them. Faith, hope and love shine through the darkness that they face. I couldn't rest until I found out how it ended for them, and their siblings too. I really liked the added index with details of the real people, including pictures and actual letters, plus the author's personal account.
Highly recommend for mature readers who enjoy an authentic romance tale set in wartime.
(An e-book was provided by NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.)
daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5excellent war-time storyMarch 26, 2017daischopChattanooga, TNAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The story is about Helen Eberhart, who is a spunky young nurse who has finished up her training and is now a full-time nurse. Unhappy with having to deal with spoilt, rich women in the hospital that she works, she quits on the spot and joins up with the army. Sent to an army hospital, she meets a fascinating young man and soon falls in love. It's a whirlwind romance and soon they are married, and all too soon they are sent across the ocean and away from each other.
The only way they have contact is with letters and too often they are sporadic. But the true question is, will their doubts and worries keep them together or tear them apart?
What I loved about this book is that it was so richly based on a true story of her family, and the additional explanation as to how the story came about. And never do I read the extra pages at the back of the book, the thanks to the editor for assistance with the book. I found it all to be very interesting, including to find out what happened to Boots, the husband of Dotty.
The story was rich is stories, details and experiences. There were sad moments, and yet the happy times. Although, towards the end of the book I was truly wanting it to end and to find out what happened with the rest of the story. So, this will definitely require a reread in the future to see what I had missed.
Initially I was a bit uncertain about having letters be part of the story, and often times in other books have ignore them. But, in this book they were beneficial rather than detrimental to the story. Because it wasn't necessarily a retelling of an event, rather it was based on an event that wasn't explained in the chapter.
Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It's already in a stack of books to loan to my mom, who will in turn lend to my grandmother.
I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale Publishing. The review is based on my own honest, unbiased opinion.
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.