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“Forgiveness with Thee” – a Short WWII story by yours truly

Hello readers!

Jack Lewis Baillot over at However Improbable is holding a WWII themed give-away, the ‘give-away’ to be three copies of her book, “Brothers-in-arms” which I dearly would love to read. Thus I am entering! One of the ways to enter is to write a short story relating to WWII, so that is what I have done. Here it is!

 

American medic in Anzio Italy 1944 WWII  (pic via Pinterest)

“Forgiveness with Thee”

by Raechel Lenore

Gun fire and explosions rang in Danny’s ears continually, yet his limbs refused to follow his brains muddled commands to move!

*One more hit and I’m a goner,* he silently thought to himself. When would the terror and nightmares be over?

“I can’t…go…yet” he mumbled. “Too…many…sins to…make up for,” he cringed, the pain coursing through his entire body nearly unbearable.

“Lord, hear me, please…let me not die in vain.” He coughed rapidly, his eyes widening in fright and alarm as he saw blood on his chest, surely from the coughing.

Another explosion hit near by.

A single tear trickled down his cheek,  “I am…so…sorry…for all I’ve done, God. Please…save…my family.” More coughs, more blood. Danny knew it couldn’t be long now.

Then, as a refreshing river drenching his parched soul, Bible verses his mother had repeated over and over in his growing up years made their way through his mind:

“Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption. And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.” – Psalm 130

Tears continued to flow down his face. But there is forgiveness in Thee…  “Thank You, Lord, Thank You,”

Everything in Danny’s world went dark.

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“Ma’am? You home, Ma’am?” a young soldier pounded on the door of a small American home. Amelia McQuade stood at the kitchen stone, making do with what little supplies she had. “This blasted war” she mumbled. Wiping her flour-covered hands on her apron, Amelia hurried to her door. Another knock sounded, and she called out, “Be right there!” Her little four-year old son appeared at her feet, “Who is it, Mamma?”

“I’m not sure, Daniel,” She answered patiently. “Shall we find out?”

Not waiting for her child to answer, Amelia opened the door, her hand resting on her pregnant stomach.

“Can I help – ” her hand quickly flew to her mouth. Danny. You came home!

The young soldier stood behind Amelia’s husband’s wheelchair. “We thought he was a goner, Ma’am, but apparently the Lord had other plans,”

Danny took Amelia’s hands in his broken ones, “I waited for the Lord…and He delivered me back to you.”

Praise ye the Lord.

The End

I hoped you enjoyed this short tale! Be sure to head over to Jack’s blog and join in her give-away fun!

Please no stealing – this writing piece belongs to me (and God!); thank you for respecting that!

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Litfuse Review: “Shadowed by Grace” by Cara C. Putman

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Title: “Shadowed by Grace” #1 of Monuments of Men/I’ll be Seeing You series
Author: Cara C. Putman
Number of Pages: 341
My Rating (0-5): 3.5

Book description:

She found peace in a time of war.

Desperate to save her dying mother, an American woman accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy where she takes photographs dangerously close to the front lines during World War II. But Rachel’s real motive in this journey is to find the father she never knew, an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive at such a desperate time.

In her quest, Rachel becomes involved with what will become the Monuments Men effort to save great monuments and works of art from the Third Reich. Soon enough she will find more than she ever imagined—in war, in love, and in God.

My Review:

First let me say, the cover is beautiful. I know we’re not to ‘judge a book by it’s cover’, but I’m afraid I do that on occasion. :) And this book cover just claims my attention.
Next, I need to also mention that as an author (unpublished) myself, I know how much of yourself, you put into your stories, and how much you love them, no matter what anyone else says. I felt like I could see just how much Mrs. Putman cherished this story of hers. I, personally, felt like you could detect that in “Shadowed by Grace” and I appreciated that.
I am still contemplating all my thoughts on this book. It stuck with me, which if a book is boring or uninteresting to me, it won’t stay with me. But I will be honest and say that I had a bit of a hard time really getting into the book. Some parts just didn’t grab my attention and keep it there.
The idea of the book is great – the setting is fantastic, the realness is good, and the characters are marvelous. But it lacked something, in my opinion. The story itself wasn’t as great as I was hoping for. That doesn’t mean that someone else won’t love it though. In fact, I think many would greatly enjoy it, especially if they love art. I, however, have never really been interested in art, and therefore didn’t enjoy it quite as much.
I really liked the characters, though. Rachel specifically. She was very real. All the characters were well built-up.
I didn’t mind the romance – I actually thought it was at a pretty okay level for the most part. Some books focus mainly on the romance and it is heavily played out in the book, but that wasn’t the case in “Shadowed by Grace” and I appreciated that. I think that at some points the kissing was a little much, and they kind of jumped into a relationship between the two main characters, but I also think that it was a bit more believable because of the war.
Mrs. Putman, you can tell, did a lot of research for this book. That made it very real and believable.
This book wasn’t a favourite for me, but there was something about it that ‘sparked’. I don’t know exactly how to explain it. Besides the story itself, there is something in the pages that I can’t quite put my finger on, but I really liked. Something that got in my head and settled there. The book continued to play out in my head even after I finished it. There’s a certain curiosity with it – between the words -that I loved; something written between the lines.
Sometimes I loved the style of writing, and sometimes it confused me, but overall I liked how the author wrote how she wanted to. I think an author has a right to write how they want and I saw that in this book.
The message of God’s love towards the end was very good, as well. I think that aspect was well written, though some parts were a bit brief or sudden. Rachel’s journey was good and interesting to follow.
There is great potential in this book; there were just some rough parts. The more I think about the book, the more I think fondly of it and want to give it another try sometime in the future.

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Purchase a copy: http://ow.ly/sCIbG

About the author: Cara C. Putman graduated high school at 16, college at 20, and completed her law degree at 27. The best-selling author of more than a dozen books, Cara is active in women’s ministry at her church, teaches graduate courses at Purdue University, practices law, and is a homeschooling mom. She lives with her husband and 4 children in Indiana.

Learn more about Cara at: http://caraputman.com

Note: I received “The Headmistress of Rosemere” free from Litfuse in return for my honest and unbiased review.