When Valleys Bloom Again
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Mrs. Davis definitely put a lot of time and effort into the research and history. It was refreshing to read a book that was written for its era.
The storyline was both amazing but also lacking. Don't get me wrong, I loved the storyline and it really picked up half way through the book, but the first half seemed rather rushed and it just seemed to be ...more
D.L. Marlin offers a saccharine sweet narration, using various voices for a diverse cast of characters, which I found somewhat distracting. I felt more as if I was being read ...more
During a time of war, people need God more than ever. “Where are you, Lord, in all this?” We cannot always see Him but Jesus has promised to never leave us.
There are times in life when we feel abandoned, even by God. “God has forgotten me.” The presence of God has nothing to do with our feelings, He is beside us, whether we ‘feel’ Him or not.
The reader is treated to loca ...more
When Abby Stapelton arrives in America, her parents wanted her out of England, and, and away from the danger of WWII, she doesn't realize how much her life is about to change.
There are secrets here, and unknown danger, besides the war, b ...more
I liked Abby who has such a sweet innocence when she arrives back in the States. She has such a sweet relationship with her uncle, but her aunt is another story to begin with.
Being a gardener myself, I enjoyed the character of Jim, who falls for Abby, whose station is above his. Being sent to Europe to fight in the war is so contrary to his nature is hard to see h ...more
I had a hard time relating to Abby for the first part of the book. She seemed a bit immature to me; perhaps that is due to overdone parental sheltering, or maybe a lack of self- ...more
It's been a little bit since I last read a novel set during WWII so I thought it was time to head back to the era my grandma was born in. In addition, When Valleys Bloom Again is the first time I've actually listened to an audiobook with a WWII setting.
Pat Jeanne Davis' book had more of a sweet historical romance feel to it for much of the story...and then...boy, did it get going! Between the hero literally fighting for his life in Normandy, in Italy ...more
*I received an audible copy through JustRead Tours. Thoughts ...more
I enjoyed this book once I got into it. It was a little slow at the beginning but it picked up about half way through. I thought the characters were interesting. I like Abby and Jim. It was fun to see their interaction. A couple characters I did not like at all. I liked the all the biblical truth spread thr ...more
My first reaction was that the narration threw me off. Something about the tone felt “babyish” to me. So I think I would have preferred to read the physical copy.
The story line was full of a lot of wonderful historical information. Abigail was a character that grew throughout the novel. She was shipped off to America when the war star ...more
Pat Jeanne Davis’s writing gently evokes Abby’s world and makes ...more
With so many historical books set during and around World War II, it’s hard to stand out. In When Valleys Bloom Again, Pat Jeanne Davis introduces readers to Abby. As she shelters in America while her family endures the lengthening war, she has challenges of her own.
It took me a little while to really get into this story (it’s not until Henri enters the picture that things really start happening). Abby is young and naïve when we first meet her, but she does grow throughout the story, an ...more
She arrives at her aunt and uncle’s estate in Pennsylvania. Aunt Val is abrasive and Abby doesn’t understand why. Her uncle is a dear, but his health is failing.
Abby meets Jim, whom her parents wouldn’t approve of. He’s a poor gardener on the estate. Unc...more
My rating is 3.5 stars
Jim didn't feel that he had many talents, yet his skills as a gardener helped Abby's uncle transform his estate into a place of great beauty. I really liked Jim's humility, care for his mother, and his ability to enjoy life without worrying about what others thought about him. He was a little insecure, however. Then again, aren't most of us?
Abby was a little bit of a spoiled brat, at least at the beginning of the book. She sulked over he ...more
takes place during WWII, from 1939-1944,
mostly taking place in USA;
the beginning and ending in London,
and a few glimpses into Jim's soldier world are sprinkled throughout the book.
Abby Stapleton was sent by her parents from London, England
to live with her aunt and uncle in USA as war threatens Europe in 1939.
Over the course of the war, she learned to be a Ground Observer Corps member and a teacher ...
what a true home means ... and love.
Jim Wright ...more
Forced to leave her parents and home before WWII breaks out in England, Abby Stapleton is ripped away from family and friends she loves and sent to her aunt’s home in America.
Feeling isolated, angry that God allowed her parents to send her away, and worried about her loved ones facing mortal danger in London, Abby wonders if she’s losing her faith along with her family. Just as she begins to adjust to her new normal in America Pearl Harbor is attacked. The ...more
Pat has done a remarkable job in doing her research and is a wonderful storyteller!
Jim and Abby are proof of that.
I love how Abby does things sometimes because she's just like me in that regard. I love her too for being a red head. After all, us redheads have to stick together!!
Jim is ok too. I thi ...more
I did like how it focused more on the home front. While we do get scenes from Jim's perspective with fighting, it doesn't ove ...more
When Valleys Bloom Again is a debut inspirational romance set in WWII on the Philadelphia Main Line, in London and on Normandy.
She enjoys flowe ...more