Nov 3, 2015

Home and Away w/ $25 Amazon or PayPal Giveaway

A review copy was provided

by Dean Hughes

A historical fiction novel told from the perspective of a son fighting on the battlefields of Europe during World War II and his mother, struggling with worry and uncertainty about her soldier son while she tries to keep a semblance of a normal, happy Christmas holiday back on the home front.

Norma Hayes has always tried to make Christmas special for her family, but 1944 will make that more difficult with money being tight and wartime rationing making everything hard to come by. 

Aware of his mother’s hardships and the worry from having her eldest son at war, second son, Dennis, is determined to buy his mother a special gift this Christmas, a lavender blue dress he hopes will bring her comfort as a symbol of special times gone by and the hope of a brighter future with the family reunited at war’s end. 

Meantime, on a battlefield far from home in Holland with his 101st Airborne battalion, her soldier son catches a familiar scent of lavender which briefly transports him back to the home front to the perfume scent his mother wore, giving him a short respite and reuniting the family once again if only in his imagination.

My Review
I cannot even image what this would be like for I have never had anyone from my family be away because of war or even active military duty.

My heart and thanks goes out to all those who serve our country!

Dean Hughes has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time and his books are always a delight.

Even though this book deals with wartime absence and coming home wounded it also tells a tender story of a family with feelings, and hopes, and fears, and emotions, and love.

It also tells of the effects of wartime and the rationing and the penny-pinching...A splurge on a dress would have been a very big deal.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
A GREAT read!

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About the Author
Dean Hughes has published books for readers of all ages, including the bestselling historical fiction series Children of the Promise. Through Cloud and Sunshine is his one-hundredth published book. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and master’s and PhD degrees from the University of Washington. He has taught English at Central Missouri State University and Brigham Young University. Dean and his wife, Kathleen Hurst Hughes, served a mission to Nauvoo, Illinois. The parents of three children and grandparents of nine, they live in Midway, Utah.


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