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The Rigel Affair

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Abandoned by his part-Cherokee Ma, Charlie Kincaid escapes servitude with his uncle. He jumps a boxcar, accompanied by his schoolmate Roxy, who is escaping troubles of her own. Charlie becomes a US Navy Diver.

Mattie Blanc is from a genteel New Zealand family. But when her brother’s friend persuades her to take a ride, it all goes horribly wrong. Desperate, she flees her fa
Paperback, First Printing, 334 pages
Published March 31st 2019 by Chez Blanc Publishing
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Sarah Nantais
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This almost biographical account of a man’s life in the Navy is compelling and interesting. In The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick we follow along the path of Charlie Kincaid. We begin where Charlie begins: Mississippi in 1937. These are not easy times for a young man, especially a poor young man, but Charlie perseveres. This is a tough time: a time when war is pounding on the doorstep of America and Charlie steels himself towards his future. It’s not only Charlie we learn about, but Mattie Blanc to ...more
Sean Talbot
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The historical fiction genre has grown so much in the last few years.  I love the style of this genre as it shows so much of both the past as well as bringing with it the period of time and learning.
This book delves into the past in World War II.  It is something that is part of my past as well and it just shows how versatile this genre can be.
It hasn't been that long since Remembrance Day and this fits with what I like to do at this time of year.
This story is very enthralling which is wonderful
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
While The Rigel Affair is a work of fiction, it is based on the author’s mother’s life. LM Hedrick thanks her mother, Mattie, in the acknowledgements. The story is about Charlie Kincaid and Mattie Blanc. The first half of the book chronicles their separate lives until they meet. They only meet because of World War II. Charlie is American, while Mattie is from New Zealand. The war serves as the backdrop for their love affair.

Charlie grew up in Falkner, Mississippi. He has been abandoned by his mo
Sherry V Wood
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the most well written book about the the second world war that I have ever read. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and this book really does it pround.
Charlie who has had a hard scrabble life as a youngster decided to leave Mississippi via freight train. He eventually joins the Navy and trains to be a diver.. He is stationed in Pearl Harbor and soon is attacked by the Japanese and the USA is now involved in world war two.
Eventually Charlie is sent to New Zealand where he me
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, LM Hedrick’s lush novel about the wartime relationship between two young people, told in alternating points of view, focuses on the timeless themes of courage, love and survival. Hedrick’s gift for historical writing tugs at heartstrings while offering waves of suspense throughout. In particular, the early chapters — in which both Charlie and Mattie show their mettle against older predators — work especially well. Impeccably written and researche ...more
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sparked by the beautiful picture on the cover, my fascination with history, and the obvious WWII romance, “The Rigel Affair” really caught my interest. It is a powerful story that made me feel as though I was right there in the South Pacific witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor and the subsequent conflicts.

The characters are introduced as pre-war people, Charlie a half-Cherokee teen, born and bread in Mississippi, and Mattie, a young woman of wealth from New Zealand. Charlie leaves home and fi
Mary Sue Wilson
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Read

I read lots of WW2 historical fiction. This well written book is the first I've read about Navy divers in the Pacific. It is also a sweet love story based on letters belonging to the author's mother.
Peggy Hoffman
Jun 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story!

Loved this romantic and unique love story. I was rooting for Mattie and Charlie the whole time, especially when I saw it was based on real people. I hope they had a long and happy life together. This was a lovely book.
ann betts
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Rigel Affair

The absolute best book I have read in a very long time. Very well written and researched. I read a lot of books, great story.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
War and romance – a view from the deck

New Zealand author L.M. (Lynette) Hedrick has pieced together a fictionalized novel gathered from her mother Mattie’s WW II love affair with a US Navy diver Charlie and the result is a wartime love story that works on every level. Written in conjunction with her husband Bud’s editorial/advisory eye, based on fact and painted with the eloquence of an informed ‘war correspondent’ THE RIGEL AFFAIR blossoms as a fine love story with a credible setting. Both Lyne
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The Rigel Affair
By L.M. Hedrick

Genre - Fiction
Subgenre - WW2 Romance/Thriller/Suspense/Biographical/Historical
Pages - 336
Publication Information - Chez Blanc Publishing - April 15, 2019
Format - Digital
Reviewed by William C. Bitner, Jr. (https://booksinmylibraryblog.wordpres...)
Rating - 📙📙📙📙📙

The Rigel Affair by L.M. Hedrick, proves once again that if I allow myself to read outside my comfort zone I can actually find some good reading. Romance novels are not normally something that I’m captivated
This novel gives the readers an opportunity to see how life was for some of the soldiers fighting in World War 2, particularly the divers. Some of these smaller groups of fighters might not always get the credit they are due since their missions often are top secret. But the author also let us have a taste of how it was to be in a relationship during wartime; the agonizing wait, the firm will to be faithful and the everlasting hope of seeing your loved one again.

We follow the story from mainly t
Jessica Claypoole
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Rigel Affair by L M Hedrick started out a little slow with the before of Charlie’s life in Mississippi and Maddie’s life in New Zealand. I am a fan of historical fiction so I figured I would give it a whirl. Once Charlie joined the Navy and Maddie moved to Auckland for hairdresser training the story actually started for me. Mattie and Charlie were smitten with one another from the beginning but they did not know how long Charlie would be in Auckland. Her family did not really approve of her ...more
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Lynette grew up listening to her mother Mattie’s stories about her WW2 love for US Navy Diver Charlie. She used Mattie’s 30 letters from Charlie, and together with her insightful editor/advisor husband, Bud, they completed extensive research to give reality to The Rigel Affair. Lynette has published multiple short stories for NZ magazines. Both Lynette and Bud have completed numerous Creative Writ ...more

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