Book: The Shadows Come - Sequel to No Longer Alone (WW1 Based on a True Story Book 2) by Melinda Viergever Inmancategories: Book, WW1, Western Fiction, Christian Fiction, Biographical Fiction, Love Story, Pandemic, Influenza 1918-1920, Prairie Life, Family Stories, Fictional Biography, Historical Fiction
Melinda Viergever Inmanabout this book: The Shadows Come is the sequel to No Longer Alone, the fictional retelling of my great-grandparents young-adult years, providing a snapshot of commitment and love during a time of devastating hardship.
Based on the true story of Prentis and Avery Pinkerton, including family stories, letters, and first-person observations, a young couple faces the perils of The Great War together while attempting to raise their young son Jack. They reside on a small farm in rural Oklahoma, one of the prairie states tasked with supplying food for the world, the farmland of Europe having been decimated by the back and forth of a wartime stalemate of several years.
America enters the war. The decision is made, and so the young men of our nation must step away during northern Oklahoma's wheat harvest to register for the draft. And yet, even while preparing to leave their families and go off to war, small town community members spread gossip and create hardship for their neighbors, one after another.
A busybody whom readers met in the first novel, Mrs. Alfonse Riley, appears again, picking up right where she left off. The Pinkertons must endure the manufactured and hurtful lies of this gossip once more. Avery does her best to shake the embarrassment and feelings of shame should others believe these falsehoods.
Once the men have registered, the question remains: Who will be drafted? Who will remain at home? Who will stay, keeping the fields plowed and food flowing to Europe? In a rural community in the early 1900s, everyone knows the other residents intimately. Family relationships spread far and wide, all looking out for one another and joining together to harvest and to herd livestock. A busybody in their midst can do great damage, and she does. Avery suffers in silence as she reels from this vindictive woman's words.
Far too soon, it's time to send our boys "Over There," though most remain at home to continue farming in order to supply American troops with the basic necessities of life, raised and reared on their Oklahoma farms. But then, an unusual flu appears at Camp Funston, smack dab in the middle of the country, the beginning of what will become a global pandemic of influenza, taking down one human being after another. Will Prentis, Avery, and Jack make it through?
Filled with cattle rustling, harvesting and plowing, tornados, antiquated remedies for hard physical circumstances, and the deep and abiding love of our young couple, The Shadows Come chronicles a heartbreaking yet heartwarming glimpse at the depth of faith and love that build a long-lasting marriage, even while navigating the worst of times as pledged in one's marriage vows.
The Shadows Come is a riveting tale of love, loss, and tragedy contained in a captivating faith-based historical novel guaranteed to captivate you to the very last page and beyond, causing the reader to ask this author for the next part of the story pronto.
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