Words have always been comfort food for Gail Kittleson. After instructing expository writing and English as a Second Language, she began writing memoir. Now, intrigued by the World War II era, Gail creates women’s historical fiction from her northern Iowa home and also facilitates writing workshops/retreats.
She and her husband, a retired Army chaplain, enjoy their grandchildren and in winter, Arizona’s Mogollon Rim Country. You can count on Gail’s heroines to ask honest questions, act with integrity, grow in faith, and face hardships with spunk.
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All for the Cause
Women of the Heartland
Distant thunder rolled as Mr. Olsen poured coffee for his customers, and comments crackled like popcorn.
“Unconditional, he said. Who woulda thought…”
“Sure ain’t lookin’ good.”
“Sure hate to think of ’em bein’ prisoners.”
“Ain’t Howard Hannam’s son over there?”
“Yeah, and my brother’s boy. Sure hope MacArthur keeps his promise to rescue them fellas.”
The news was grim in May 1942. The Philippines had fallen to the Imperial Japanese Army. Rommel is on the move in Northern Africa. The Russian Army is pushed back toward Stalingrad. In the sweltering jungles of Corregidor, PFC Stan Ford battles illness and injury as he and his comrades escape and evade a tenacious enemy. And in the Heartland, women mourn the loss of husbands, sons, and sweethearts.
While everyone else seems to be doing something to support the troops, Twila Brunner feels lost, and useless. But when she sees a newspaper article about a Prisoner of War camp being built in neighboring Algona, Iowa, she believes she has finally discovered a way to to give something for the Cause.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Well-researched and gritty; the horrors of war are not sanitized, but in the end, hope, home, and justice have the final say.
– 5-Star Amazon.com Customer Review
Also by Gail Kittleson
Kiss Me Once Again
No one ever accused Glenora Carson of being a breathtaking beauty. Her talk, gangly figure and angular face are more solid midwestern stock than Hollywood glamour. But Joe liked her. He even told her, “You’re the one for me.” He gave her a locket with his picture inside, to remind her of him while he was away, serving his country on the U.S.S. Arizona.
A Purpose True
Secret Operations Executive (SOE) agent Kate Isaacs is tasked with providing essential radio communications with the Allies, while her guide, Domingo Ibarra, a Basque shepherd-turned-Resistance fighter, dedicates himself to avenging the destruction of his home and family.