Thursday, December 1, 2016

Those blue blue eyes. . .

Who is Drew Mallory, the superintendent of Camden Schools? Unimposing stature, greying hair, casual dress, a quiet voice that commands the attention of the restless faculty at the end of a long morning of teachers’ meetings that September day in 1945. Ruthann’s heard he takes care of his teachers. But she isn’t prepared for the jolt of electricity is handshake sends through her--nor the feeling that she’s drowning in his blue, blue eyes. 

He’s not like any man she’s ever met--certainly not the dashing young pilot to whom she was engaged briefly before his B-17 spiraled down in flames over Germany. Drew’s war--the war to end all wars--is behind him. He’s raised a daughter almost exactly Ruthann’s age, restructured the Camden Schools into an enviable entity, fostered a tightly-knit faculty who work together and protect each other, and taken refuge from everyday life in poetry and painting. 

But who is he? Where did he come from? Where is he going with a leg he almost left behind in the trenches of France? And why does he seek out Ruthann beyond the confines of the school?
He’s lived half a lifetime before she was born. . .but this is now. . .and forever is a word she’s not sure she can trust.

    Ruthann Cooper can barely remember the fiancĂ© whose plane went down in flames over Nazi Germany. He faded as she did her bit for the war effort in the munitions factory. Now, the war over, she meets the faculty on her first day as a schoolteacher. From that moment on it’s impossible to forget the piercing blue eyes and gentle, artistic ways of the superintendent of schools, who welcomes her both to the school and to his life.
   WWI veteran Drew Mallory still battles a debilitating injury from that earlier conflict. With complications of the injury, plus a grown daughter, the widower feels his life is all but over…until he meets the new third grade teacher. His renewed spirit rejoices, yet he must consider the effect he may have on her life.
   Their deepening relationship spawns a series of increasingly vicious attacks on Ruthann, and she finds herself on the brink of another, more personal war simply because of Drew’s interest in her. Should she retreat, as he wants her to for her own safety? Or can she do battle for the man she finds herself loving more than life?
Are you interested in receiving a pre-publication copy of this book for a review?  Contact me: judy at judynickles dot com

Imprint: Vintage
Length: Rose
Rating: Sweet (PG)
Keywords: romance, suspense, post-war forties, 
small town, second chance love, historical
Page Count: 288
Word Count: 68390
Digital Price: 4.99
Print Price (if applicable): 15.99
Release Date: 2017-01-04

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