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As war approaches in 1939, Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-to ...more
Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published January 16th 2019 by Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
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Deanne Patterson
Mar 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Pat Jeanne Davis has debuted her historical romance novel “When Valleys Bloom Again” which released in 2019. The characters go through some troubling times but they are wrapped in God's goodness. This is a fascinating historical novel set during WWII , dangerous and dark times in America, England, and France. Abby is sent from her home by her father, a British diplomat for her own safety at the start of the war. She is sad and lonely and feels abandoned by not only her family but God as well. Ho ...more
Abigail
This book was Mrs. Davis' debut novel and may I just say that it was amazing. This was not an all time favorite but I definitely would recommend it.

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
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Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
I didn’t really connect with the characters or the story.
I had a really hard time reading it. 😞

3/5 stars.
Cover Lover Book Review
I love listening to audiobooks, especially when reading a physical book isn’t an option, such as while I’m driving or cleaning the house. I’m usually captured by a story rather easily. I must admit, it took me a little longer than usual to sink into When Valleys Bloom Again, partly due to the narrator’s tone and inflection.

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
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Julia
Feb 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When Valleys Bloom Again by Pat Jeanne Davis is a fabulous debut novel set during WWII. It is full of Godly wisdom and insight.
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
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Maureen Timerman
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
What a journey we embark on as we turn the pages of this book, some of the hardest times that we have had, and we are there to walk in their shoes, so to speak, but the reality of what is happening in the world, and although fiction, this book is based on rfacts.
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
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Kailey
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it
This was my first time reading a book by this author. I tried the audiobook. While the story was very descriptive and intriguing, I was pulled out of it by the narrator’s voice. I’m not sure how to describe it other than that she sounded too sweet and happy for this kind of story. I really enjoyed Abby and Jim and reading their story! I liked this book more than I thought I would since this isn’t my go to time period. I would definitely recommend the book, but not the audiobook. I wouldn’t mind ...more
Mimi
Mar 23, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a nice story if you're a fan of WWII. It's not often we read stories of someone being sent to America as the war is starting.

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
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Lynda
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
One of my favorite time periods to read about is WWII, so it was with eagerness I picked up this story. The back cover description contained an interesting premise and I was curious to see how it would all work out. Unfortunately, while the plot is interesting, the book does have a few hiccups that hindered my enjoyment.

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-
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Patti Pierce
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Abby Stapleton, daughter of an English diplomat, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle because of the impending danger of World War II. Once in the United States, she begins going to college and forging a new life. She finds herself involved with Jim, who works as a gardener on her uncle’s estate. At first the relationship between Abby and her aunt oozes with tension and discord, especially when Jim and Abby become involved with each other. But through the pages of the book, her aunt comes to ...more
Linda
Aug 02, 2019 rated it liked it
When Valleys Bloom Again is a charming debut novel that explores the impact of WWII on people across the globe. Through evocative description the reader is immersed in the dust and rubble of London, the dearth and rationing of America, and the fear and loss of the soldiers. I struggled a bit to relate to Abby, but that is probably because she is significantly younger than me. Her world has turned upside down several times through events that are out of her control. Her emotions in response to th ...more
Jasmine
May 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will war tear them apart or bring them closer?

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
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Becca-Rae Weidel
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2021-reads
Having the right narrator is so important and can make or break a read. In this case, the narrator's voice didn't match the energy or mood of the story, and it threw me off as a reader. Her voice seemed almost "singsongy" while the content was anything but. I could tell that the narrator had a lot of enthusiasm and excitement for the read, but it just didn't match the story at all. I would recommend reading a physical copy of this book.
*I received an audible copy through JustRead Tours. Thoughts
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A.D. Lawrence
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story had me hooked from the beginning! The author's voice was beautiful, and it's clear much research went into the book. Loved the twists and turns. Can't wait to read more from this author! ...more
Ann
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written book. It has suspense, drama and romance and keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next. I highly recommend this book. I received a copy from the author, but was not required to write a review. This is my honest opinion.
Becca (Reflections From My Bookshelves)
I listened to part of this as an audiobook. The narrator was ok. I had a lot of difficulty understanding her when she did her male characters. The female characters were easier to understand.
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
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Sydney
Apr 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-reads, audible
From the home front to the battlefield of WWII, readers will be intrigued by this detailed historical story. Although the story has an interesting premise, the story tends to drag most of the way, picking up a little towards the end, making it hard for readers to connect with the characters. Readers may find the audiobook especially hard to follow with the monotone and un-enthusiastic narrator. Due to this, readers may prefer to read a print or e-copy of the book. The story focuses mainly on a c ...more
Veronica
This was an interesting story set during a dangerous and uncertain time. I liked learning more about what both the soldiers and their family back home went through at different times in the war. Abby grew in wisdom and confidence as the war went on, though sometimes she still seemed immature and naive. She also grew in her faith as she had to rely on God more when Jim went off to war. There was some romance and some suspense. The narrator was okay but I did have to listen at 2.25 speed as the no ...more
Brenda
Apr 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
I listened to the audiobook and I enjoyed the narrator and the story. A WWll story that will touch your heart. I felt for Abby because I would not have wanted to be sent away from my parents like she was. With the war coming to her parents she did not know if she would ever see them again. Abby and Jim’s romance was sweet and I enjoyed them working together on her Uncle’s estate. Jim was such a great guy but that Henry was a schemer for sure and I was afraid for Abby. Oh I can’t forget that I lo ...more
Cara BookShelfMomma
Apr 25, 2021 rated it liked it
I pondered over this audiobook review for a while. Thank you to the author and Just Read Tours for the gifted audiobook version in exchange for my honest review.

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
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Jessy Alvarado
Apr 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
A fast read or listen set WWII that doesn't focus on the gruesome details of the war as much as it did the struggles. I wish it had a tighter resolve with the mother daughter story aspect but t'is the way of life. :) I did like the romance part of the story and the dynamics the war played in it. I listened to the audio and the narrator was good but it took me a moment to adjust to the voice and at times she seem to be smiling in non-smiling parts of the story. But all in all a charming novel to ...more
Suzie Waltner
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

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
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Terri Wangard
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Journey to the days of World War II with its myriad challenges for survival. Parents want to protect their children, even when they’re legally of age. England isn’t safe in 1939, and Abby Stapleton’s parents are determined to send her to America.

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

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Phyllis
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Learning to bloom in times of trouble

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
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Megan Hamsher
When Valleys Bloom Again by Pat Jeanne Davis
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
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Catherine Castle
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
When Valley s Bloom Again/ Book Review


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
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Lori
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. But then again I enjoy any historical book where I can learn new things about our past that I never knew about. I love how the author can make the past come alive for us readers.

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
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Katherine
Apr 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I listened to the audiobook version. Pat Jeanne Davis brings us Abby's story, focused during WWII in the US. I have not read many books with a main character staying in the US for the war duration so it was interesting and informative. How frustrating it must have been to have their letters so censored, dealing with rations, and seeming removed but yet a part, of the war.

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
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Pat
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a riveting World War II story that takes the reader back in time to a historic and horrific era. Abby Stapleton leaves her home in London to reside in the United States at the insistence of her father, who sees the dangers of impending war in Europe. She falls in love with Jim, an employee on her aunt and uncle’s estate, who is drafted into the U.S. Army and is sent to the battlefront. While Jim faces the peril of possible death, Abby is threatened with the loss of everything dear to her ...more
Deana Dick
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This has been a wonderful story as the author takes us in the trenches of war during 1939. The details are so realistic that you could hear bombs going off as soldiers fight for freedom. I loved Abby and how much she cared for others. She has a big heart for children and finds herself in charge of what we consider a daycare. It was hard for her to be in America away from her parents that were still in London. The threat of danger surrounded her as she prayed her parents would stay safe.

Jim was a
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PAT JEANNE DAVIS has a keen interest in 20th Century United States and British history, particularly the period of World War II. Her longtime interest in that era goes back to the real-life stories she heard about family members who served during the war.

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
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