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Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand.
Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harv
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Published March 20th 2019 by Ambassador International (first published March 2019)
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Jypsy
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have developed a complicated relationship with War Torn Heart. Honestly, for the first 20 pages or so, I didn't think I would like it at all. Then, a miniscule detail just reached out and grabbed me:
"Mrs. Newman poured him an iced tea, and he drank it down in two gulps. Harvey raised an eyebrow to Abby and winked, which neither older woman noticed. Abby certainly noticed."
I met my husband when I was 17, and the first thing he did to catch my attention was wink at me. 20 years later, and he sti
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Suzie Waltner
Mar 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

This story set during the 1940s is a bit different than most World War II stories. Instead of following the men off to war, Allison Wells leaves readers in America with the people left waiting and worrying for them men.

As Abigail meets a young man, falls in love, sees him off to war, and worries for Harvey and her brother, the emotions that readers go through are a veritable rollercoaster (and I’m talking about the ones with the twists turns, and gut-dropping falls). Wells does not shy
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Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words: https://bit.ly/2UHbUQA

War-Torn Heart by Allison Wells is a heartfelt coming-of-age story set against the 1940s backdrop of a world at war. The story focuses mainly on one family and the effects of World War II on their lives in rural South Carolina. It was this southern setting that first drew me to the story, and the story conveys a vivid feel for the area.

I enjoyed Abby, a sweet young lady who embodies the charm and strength that I love about many southern women
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Julia
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War Torn Heart by Allison Wells is a wonderful YA historical Christian novel that takes the reader through the homefront in America during WWII.
The heroine is just sixteen years old but already a strong young woman who wants more than just a traditional role. “You’re a strong, godly woman who should always look up.” We need to focus on God when circumstances threaten to overwhelm us.
Dreams and future plans are disrupted by WWII. Life is on hold. Young men are entrusted into the hands of God as t
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Meagan
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
If you'd like a book that focuses on one family's journey through WWII, one that you can really do a deep-dive on, this may be your book. "War-Torn Heart" picks up before Pearl Harbor and follows Abby's family as they respond to the "day of infamy" and the overall course of the war.

I unfortunately didn't care for "War-Torn Heart," myself. While the premise was interesting, I found the characters one dimensional, and the plot fairly slow moving. (Though this might have been partially due to readi
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Amanda  H
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this WWII story tremendously! Abby is young when she falls for Harvey in South Caroline in the early 1940's. When Pearl Harbor happens, both Harvey and her brother are sent off to war. While at times, I would of liked more details about what happens in the gaps, I thought that the author did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, along with their time period. This is a great story for those who enjoy a sweet romance or historical fiction.
I received this book from Just Re
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Holly
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
As an adult, I really enjoyed the story. The characters had some depth, and the novel showed many different perspectives on the war, both from a soldier's point of view and from the homefront. Some of the novel was predictable, but there was a few twists. The author does a good job of setting the scene in 1940s South Carolina, and I could feel that I was on the road trip from Greenville to Charleston. The one thing I took issue to was this -- it is a novel targeted at a teen audience, but there ...more
Heather Norman
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War-Torn Heart is a roller coaster of emotions, and I'm happy I got to take the ride!

Allison Wells marvelously captures the essence of South Carolina in the early 1940s. I enjoyed the imagery of the setting, as well as the history in the story, which seemed very well-researched. The author juxtaposes the beauty of a soldier's bravery and the tragedy of lost time and lost lives during WWII, in a way that made me feel both.

I cried many tears reading the love story of Harvey and Abby. Some of the k
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Erin
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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My thoughts:
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was not what I thought it was going to be. There were several more twists and turns than I expected for what I assumed was a feel good romance.

This is a great well developed read. I fell in love with the characters. And yes, I cried. I don't normally cry while reading books but this one did me in. The WWII time period is one that I have read and studied quite a bit as it's one that is near to our hearts. In fact, my husband reenacts this era in ad
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Karen
Mar 22, 2019 rated it liked it
In War-Torn Heart, Abigail and Harvey meet in small town South Carolina in 1941 and quickly fall in love. When Pearl Harbor is bombed and Harvey enlists in the Army, Abigail is devastated and understandably worried about their future.

This story is one that is common to the time period, to those men and women who went to war and left loved ones behind who prayed for their return. With the threat of injury, death, and PTSD, everyone was affected in one way or another, and War-Torn Heart addresses
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Karen
Mar 16, 2019 rated it liked it
This novel, set in the WWII era, describes the time period and demographics well. I found the premise of the story to be very well researched as the author’s description of the war and the Clemson cadets are very interesting. Although the novel provides some plot twists, I found it to be fairly predictable and had difficulty relating to the characters. There was also a lot of romantic “fluff” that renders the book unsuitable for a younger audience. There is nothing graphic, but it seemed irrelev ...more
Kimmie
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
》A lovely story set in the 1940's. It is a unique story in that it focuses on the thoughts, actions and emotions of the people left state side. I thought it was an encouraging and thought provoking book, and it really didnt gloss over different aspects of being newly in love which I appreciated as it made the book more realistic than some :) . I truly enjoied reading this book even though at first I wasn't sure that i'd like it. I do recommend reading it, as it has a ver believable perspective. ...more
Sydney
Watch for my review coming in the Spring 2019 edition of the Hope by the Book Magazine (https://www.hopebythebook.com/).
Allison
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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