Home of Her Heart
by Shanna Hatfield
Series: Hearts of the War #2
Publication Date August 10, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon, Japan World War II Era - 1939 - 1945
Written for: Adults
All he needed was a bride…
Who said anything about falling in love?
Orphaned at birth and a loner all his life, the last thing Sergeant Klayne Campbell needs is for feisty Delaney Danvers to entangle his thoughts. Bravely volunteering for a top-secret mission almost certain to get him killed, Klayne can’t bear the thought of dying utterly alone. All he wants is to face death knowing his life meant something to at least one person. Offering Delaney a marriage of convenience, he plans to leave behind a war bride as his beneficiary. After just one night as her husband, Klayne realizes he’ll do anything to survive and return to her.
The moment she met handsome Sergeant Campbell at a holiday party, Delaney’s whole world shifted off kilter. Full of fun with an unquenchable zest for life, she isn’t afraid to go after what she wants. And what she wants is Klayne. When he prepares to join a hazardous mission, she seizes the opportunity to give him a reason to fight his way back home — to her heart.
A tender, sweet romance rich with history and enduring love, Home of Her Heart captures the era and emotions prevalent during America’s entry into World War II.
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From the Author:
Home of Her Heart took me on an emotional journey. A big part of that came from the research I did for Klayne’s character. In the story, Klayne volunteers for a secret mission, one he knows is so dangerous his superiors have assured him at least half the men going won’t survive. The secret mission was inspired by the real-life mission of the Doolittle Raiders. The more I read about the 80 brave men who embarked on the mission to bomb Japan, the more involved I became in their stories. My husband assured me I’d gone far down the research hole when he found me teary-eyed in my office, pouring over accounts of the Doolittle Raid. My heart ached for these men who sacrificed so much, who volunteered with no idea if they’d ever return to their families and sweethearts. My hope is the emotion that drove me through the research carries through in the book and will provide an engaging story for readers. The greatest challenge I had in this story was bringing it to an end.
My Review: Congratulations to Shanna Hatfield on her 50th book. Wow! And this one was a great book. I really appreciate the research that went into it and enjoyed the references to songs and movies from that time period. It was also fun having the cameo appearances of characters I had gotten to know in the Pendleton Petticoat series.
The author did a fantastic job of taking a very serious and heavy subject (war!) and creating a story filled with hope.
As a note, though there are some steamy kisses in the story (mostly at the beginning), the romance is clean and the relationship between Klayne and Delaney is not overly focused on the physical attraction.