A young girl suffers personal loss with the death of her father during WWII and must endure all the hardships living in a frequently bombed suburb of London with her mother.
Displaced from their home, the two were compelled to remain strong and to make the best life possible for themselves whether in an air raid shelter, living in rented rooms, or navigating bombed out streets.
The losses, terror, rationing and the huge sacrifice of childhood and education, remained with Vera throughout her life.
A popular wartime adage became Vera's abiding principal by which to live. Keep Calm and Carry on.
Published by Blossom Spring Publishing
In 1964 two young girls make a mysterious discovery. An old, stained American flag is found stuffed into the rafters of a historic farmhouse. The story of the flag is revealed as the events of July 1779 in the small town of Fairfield, Connecticut, unfold. The town becomes the target of a shoreline raid by British forces. The British intend to break the morale and spirit of the American patriots. The members of the Middleton family exhibit great determination and courage resisting the British raid on their town. Thomas, a member of the local militia, carries with him a flag, the precious symbol of a proud new nation. Ben tries to protect his mother from approaching danger, as Sarah Middleton resolves to save her home and valuables from pillaging soldiers.
When Fairfield is pillaged and burned, Thomas must flee to safety, with help from his brother Ben. Pursued by the enemy, they struggle desperately through woods, across fields, into thickets and gullies. The Forgotten Flag is the story of the townsfolk of this small community as they stand against the British.
The adventures of Oscar, the cat, are based on the legend of a ship’s mascot during World War II. As the great new German battleship, Bismarck, is built, launched and commissioned, Oscar is there to witness it all. The cat speaks in his own voice throughout the book describing life aboard the wartime battleship, the battles at sea and the fate of his friends. He also describes his own personal challenge to outwit, hunt and capture an elusive, sneaky, gray rat with little black ears.
An author named Pamela Byrnes travels to London in an effort to recover from the tragic, untimely death of her husband. She is researching and writing a work of historical fiction about the lost child of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour. While working on her manuscript Pamela finds herself unexpectedly caught up in a wonderful, fast-paced romance. She also inadvertently witnesses suspicious activity aboard a boat in St. Katherine’s Dock and becomes aware of a terrorist plot designed to strike at the heart of London and the morale and pride of the British people.
Following an attempt on her life, Pamela realizes that one of three recent acquaintances must be responsible…one being Roger, her new love. Mystery, suspicion and fear increase, conflicting with the thrill and passion of an intensifying romance. Pamela is able to escape her predicament for periods of time, retreating to the sixteenth century with her writing but eventually must draw upon all of her courage and determination to do her part in thwarting the terrorist plot.
Eagle-eye Dan survives a shark attack at sea after his whaling ship sinks. He takes with him a blue shark’s tooth that he finds embedded in a broken remnant of his lifeboat. From that day on bad luck and hardship follow him and all who later come to possess the tooth. The story travels from the whaling era to World War I and on to the 1950’s bringing loss, sorrow and heartbreak to unsuspecting lives. The trail ends when a young victim finally makes the connection and becomes aware of the curse of the shark’s tooth.
A mysterious shop, an unsuspecting young girl, a beautiful brass bell all come together to tell a story of a Halloween years ago. The thrill of a secret adventure lures three young friends to a creepy, abandoned, old house where they decide to spend Halloween night. When they find themselves in desperate peril, the little brass bell is their only hope.