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Leaving home for the first time, 22-year old Lucile Ball accepts a teaching position in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, awaiting her fiancé’s return from the Great War. Initially thrilled by her newfound independence, her world unravels when letters sent to her beloved Howard begin coming back unopened—the word WOUNDED stamped across his name—just as the deadly influenz ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 23rd 2018
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Thomas R Bridgman
I enjoyed this historical novel about my family.

Of course I’m biased, but I’m sure you regular people will like it also. I wanted the stories and details to continue, but this novel is just the right length. I grew up hearing parts of these stories of Michigan farm life, the small Albion college, and Howard’s WW1 experience as a medic and the flu epidemic of 1918, so it is great to have it all put together by Lucile. I knew Lucile as Grandma Bridgie, but I knew she was an independent woman who
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Jaymie
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hold on. I'll write a review when I quit sobbing. ...more
Robert Radin
Jul 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A timely read

As a native Michigander, I could relate to this biography of Lucile and Howard's life. I too attended Albion College (undergraduate), and have all kinds of connections to the U.P., where my mother was from. The descriptions of life in southern Michigan and in Munising are vivid and realistic. I liked how the story was advanced through Howard's letters. This book has an uncanny parallel to today's pandemic, from wearing masks, to business and school closings, to people who are not co
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Suzanne
Apr 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved so many things about this book. First, that I found it while in Munising on an Anniversary trip with my husband and last, the quote at the end of the book, "In retrospect, I realize that I have traveled a far different path living my own busy, frustrating, adventuresome, often satisfying and pleasurable life that has come with more than my chair or loss and sorrow, but also with tremendous love. And it is the love that has always seen me through." There are lots of other reasons I loved ...more
Mary
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A timely historical memoir based on a true story. The setting--Michigan during WWI and the Spanish flu pandemic--is of particular interest to those of us living in Michigan during the COVID19 pandemic.
Recommended for adults.
Amy
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
How interesting to read this book during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the circumstances during the Spanish Flu parallel what is occurring in our community now.
Christine
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great historical fiction, best book I have read on a while.
Melissa Brown
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From beginning to end, this is an incredible story! The characters are enthralling and the love story is captivating. If you love historical novels like I do, then you will also be swept away as you turn page after page in earnest anticipation. This book fills a much needed gap due to the paucity of books/stories of those who suffered through the Spanish Influenza. I can't recommend this book enough. ...more
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