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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With Each New Dawn
Late Winter, 1943
The world is at war with no end in sight
Addie Bledsoe and Kate Isaacs, best friends from Iowa, are embroiled in their own private battles. In England, Kate grieves the loss of her pilot husband even as she awaits the birth of their child. Addie makes the dangerous trek across the ocean to be with her friend in her hour of need, much to her abusive husband’s ire.
With Europe reeling under the heels of the Nazi Wehrmacht the two friends are once again called on separate journeys. Kate is recruited into Britain’s Secret Operations Executive (SOE), resulting in a clandestine mission behind enemy lines in occupied France, while Addie wages a war of the heart in war-torn London.
Somehow, these heroic Women of the Heartland must find a way to overcome the adversities of the war without, and the war within.
“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
What have you done to me? I never read books normally but since last writing to you I have read your 3 Women of the Heartland books! I have just sat and read and been unable to put the books down!
– A British Reader
Also by Gail Kittleson
Riding in the backs of Army trucks across North Africa, throughout the Sicily campaign, up the boot of Italy, and northward through France into Germany, Dorothy Woebbeking served as a surgical nurse with the 11th Evacuation Hospital.
In Times Like These
December 7, 1941 – The Imperial Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack on the U.S. base at Pearl Harbor. The following day the United State declared war on the Empire of Japan. In Iowa, best friends Addie and Kate are embroiled in their own private wars. Kate’s pilot husband has gone Missing in Action, and Addie’s overbearing and controlling husband vents his rage on her. Somehow, these heroic Women of the Heartland must find a way to overcome the adversities of the war without, and the war within.
All for the Cause
On April 9, 1942, Japanese artillery and aircraft, under the command of Lieutenant General Masaharu Homma, began bombardment of Corregidor. Just prior to midnight on May 5, the Japanese landed at Corregidor’s North Point. By noon the following day, Homma’s assault force reached the base of Malinta Hill, the final defensive position of United States and Filipino forces.
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.
The Food That Held the World Together
Because of wartime rationing, World War II folks faced fresh challenges to feed their families. The thought of running out of food or not being able to make ends meet led to great effort-many of these citizens had not so long ago survived the hunger of the Great Depression.
A World War II Holiday Scrapbook
From the moment President Roosevelt announced the Pearl Harbor attack, every corner of the nation experienced change. In little towns all across this great land, families said good-bye to sons and daughters as they went off to a brutal war. Many believed that, with America’s involvement, the war would be over by the next Christmas.
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.
Country Music’s Hidden Gem
Redd Stewart’s journey began as more than just another rags-to-riches story, but with an essential heritage of family love and music that would later shape him into one of the music world’s greatest ‘unsung heroes.’ His life inspired others to do better, to be better, to love unconditionally, and to share with others the blessing of God-given talent.
The scripture Fred read at supper filtered back. The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” The day’s warmth still hovered, and with it, a sense that all was well. She hugged the message close. “Perhaps, after all, I am loved.”
Land That I Love
Set in the German Hill Country of Texas during World War II, Land That I Love is a sweeping literary novel of love and loss; friendship and animosity; fathers and sons; and coping during times of war and peace. Yet it is more than a love story. It is about the racism and bigotry that still exist in our world. As author Gail Kittleson’s characters struggle with the problems of everyday life, they teach us that we survive hard times by being good neighbors despite our differences and that hatred can be conquered by love, understanding and forgiveness.