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
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 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
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
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
Jim was a ...more
First, the cover captured me. It is wonderfully done and really made me want to read the book. Once I started the book I couldn’t put it down as it was just as wonderful as the cover.
Jim and Abby are wonderful characters who really draw you into them and make you think you’ve always known them. While Henri makes you love to hate him. That’s the best way to have a villain type character.
WWII is one of my favorite time periods to read about. It intrigues me and I can’t help but read ...more
Pat Jeanne Davis’s writing gently evokes Abby’s world and makes ...more
When Valleys Bloom Again by Pat Jeanne Davis is a historical fiction novel set during World War II. Abby has led a privileged life as the daughter of a US Diplomat in London, however she has had her own private struggles. Her family sends her back to America against her wishes to move her away from the war. The book follows her as she grows to be a woman during WWII.
What I think about this book:
Davis has written a book that gracefully shows some of the harsh reali ...more
The story introduces the reader to the social prejudices of that era with the idea that as a gardener Jim Wright isn’t a suitable companion for Abby. The ambivalence toward the ‘foreign squabble’ portrays the feelings of many American’s at that time. Unfortunately D ...more
This book was hard for me to get into at first, Abby just seen to me not to be a strong person, whinning to her father. Her uncle was nice enough but he spoiled Abby and then her aunt , I didn't like her at all.
I did like that you got to read facts about the war from both America and England.
There is a fact that is mentioned in ...more
Most commonly I read WWII books set all in the warzone but "When Valleys Bloom" is not all set on a battlefield. Instead, it is about a girl who is sent home to America and a young man she meets.
I really like this story, more than I expected, and the romance is sweet. I didn't love all of the content, due to a bad guy but other than that I look forward to more from Pat Jeanne Davis, I would love it if she did a second book for "Wh ...more
I received a digital copy of this book from the editor, and a favourable review was not required.
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