Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard
“Wheresoever They May Be” is a beautifully written novel that features four points of view of two men and two women about their individual lives during World War 2 and the roles they each played. Sometimes humorous, other times dramatic, and often poignant, the story offers readers an intimate look at what actual people may have experienced during the war. Whether in the sky, on a ship, operating a telephone switchboard, or working in a factory back home, each individual had an important role to play.
It was almost immediately obvious what the connection was between three of the characters but it took me awhile to decide exactly where the fourth one fit into the story. Nevertheless, I found his story equally as gripping as those of the other three. One thing that became obvious to me was how important faith was to each character and how the war forced them to draw closer to the Lord. As I read this novel, I felt as though I got to know each character well so I was not 100% happy with how some things turned out. However, I know that real life is not always filled with happy endings so the events I disliked actually made the story all the more realistic. The book ended with a hopeful note and a wee suggestion of incomplete resolution that made me think there just may be a sequel to this tale.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.
GUEST POST FROM TERRI WANGARD:
After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.
I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.
I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.
The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.
She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.
So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.
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