Sarah Pawley Oh, That I Had Wings

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Oh, That I Had Wings

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For as long as he can remember, Jack Langdon has always felt the call of destiny. Whether by listening to his Grandmother's fortunes, or from hearing the distant call of a train whistle, he has always known that fate has more in store for him...more than being just a poor man's son. In the summer of 1917 the Great War calls him away, setting him on a path of tragedy and romance that will lead him to discover his true place in the world.

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Sarah Pawley lives near Fort Knox. She has been a life-long writer, a lover of books, and is currently working on her third novel. She loves to hear from readers...you can contact her through her website at http://sarahpawley.webs.com/

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A coming-of-age romance set in the early 20th century.

In a mountain valley in Stones Mill, Va., nine-year-old Jack Langdon shares a bed with his younger brothers and sidesteps blows from surly father John. One bright spot is Jack's grandmother and her prophecies, which hint that the boy's destiny lies in becoming a lady's special protector. When his sister Grace is born, Jack believes she is his lady of prophecy. He becomes Grace's "proverbial guard dog," defending her against his brothers and his father, who attacks Jack with a brick, shortly after his 17th birthday. In 1917, volunteers are needed for the U.S. Army, and Jack readily enlists. En route to the military base, he sees a beautiful, red-haired, green-eyed girl, who becomes his wartime fantasy. On the Western Front, he experiences the horrors of trench warfare. In France, lovely nurse Esmé cares for an injured Jack--and he eventually follows her to Paris, where she teaches him more than a few French phrases. The war ends and Jack returns home, encountering the gorgeous redhead he thought he'd never see again. Alice wears pants and makeup, has an aunt who was a suffragette and can hold her own with Jack's father--none of which endears her to his family or the locals. The book is a simple, charming story and Jack is an amiable guy who, like George Bailey of Bedford Falls, wants to leave his hometown but seems tethered to a retractable cord. Especially touching is Jack's fear that he is more like his father than he'd hoped. The narrative explores Jack and Alice's thoughts and feelings, making them both sympathetic characters. In spite of historical references, there's no vital sense that events are unfolding in the early 1900s, but the tale's inspiring undercurrent is the promise of a better life.

Engaging, evenly paced story of a young man's journey from first romance to enduring love. --Kirkus Discoveries, November 5, 2009

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