Eighteen-year-old Sadie Stark, raised by the governor of Pennsylvania, has the world on a string. She doesn’t need the mother who left her any more than she needs the fiance who promises to change. What she needs is to finish college, and keep her wits about her.
When war-bound James Pasko returns her stolen clutch, and shows her what’s missing in her life, she gains the courage to search for the truth about her past.
What Sadie uncovers rattles her to the core. But James’ steadfast love gives her hope for the future—for the first time—even as the war tears them apart.
When James disappears over enemy lines and Sadie makes a startling discovery, she must decide to follow in the footsteps of the mother who gave her away, or face a life of hardship like she’s never known.
Carolyn Menke is the author of “A Little Known Truth” and “The Survival Guide to Mommy-hood,” both published in “Beyond the Diaper Bag.” Her flash fiction piece “Full Circle” took first place in the Writer’s Type literary competition in July 2012. “Baba’s Bananas” also placed first at Writer’s Type in March 2011, and was later awarded first runner-up overall for the
yearly competition in the same category.
A storyteller with an entrepreneurial spirit, she started a marketing communications business with clients ranging from local start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to that she worked as a marketing communications specialist for high-tech companies. She gained valuable public speaking experience while leading corporate and educational training workshops. Recently, she was a guest speaker at Wexford Elementary, and has been invited to share her latest novel, Return To Me, with area reading clubs.
The author earned a bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in marketing communications from Duquesne University. She is a member of Pennwriters and two writing critique groups.
I am not one to read War time era books but the cover of this just had me wanting to know more, and I am glad that I signed up to tour this book.
This is a love story spanning 3o years and its about two people whose path cross but having the odds stacked against them each time of having a relationship. Sadie is set to marry Henry her long time boyfriend but when she and James share a night together she realises that it is James she wants to be with. However, James is being deployed out to war and all he can think about is Sadie and getting back to her in one piece.
The story is so full of emotions that you are really sucked in to the lives of the characters during this era, an era where men going to war had a huge uncertainly as to whether or not they would make it home.
This was a great love story and it reminded me so so much of The Notebook (which I loved) this is definitely one I would read again, and one I would recommend if you love a good love story and like this era.