America is not yet at war, but the country is preparing for it. And it is essential that this remain secret.
June 1941: Ruth Corey is puzzled by the attractive, enigmatic Italian-American civilian contractor, Frank Long, who is staying at her family’s hotel in Irvinestown, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. Serious and reserved, he is nothing like the friendly, outgoing British and Canadian servicemen she knows. Nor, she discovers, does he even use his real surname. War is a time of alliances and secrets. The biggest secret in the county is the construction of an American flying boat base outside Irvinestown.
Since their country is not at war, the American contractors must conceal the building project. America’s neutrality will be destroyed if Germany discovers its existence. Ambitious local reporter, and Ruth’s almost fiancé, Harry Coalter is consumed with curiosity about the new American airbase. But why? When Ruth finds a letter Harry has written about the flying boat base she fears he is pursuing a path that will land him in serious trouble. She enlists Frank’s help to stop Harry from making a terrible mistake.
Can Ruth safeguard a military secret that will have a profound impact on the course of the war and protect her beau? A tale for fans of Annie Murray, Ellie Dean and Margaret Dickinson.
The Yankee Years series: During the Second World War Northern Ireland hosted American, British and Canadian troops. County Fermanagh welcomed Air Force squadrons hunting U-boats and defending shipping convoys in the Atlantic Ocean and Army battalions training and preparing for deployment to Europe’s Western Front. After the Allied troops arrived, life would never be the same again. The Yankee Years novels and Short Reads weave thrilling and romantic tales of the people and the era.
Publication Date: December 4, 2015
eBook; 76 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Though coming in at only 76 pages and a relatively quick read it was still interesting and suspenseful.
Set in 1941 with WW II in the background the reader is introduced to Ruth who works at her family run hotel where Americans are staying.
The author wrote in a manner that made me care about Ruth, Frank and the little town of Irvinestown. It was mysterious with some suspicious characters and activity
Definitely a series that I will continue to read, I am curious as to the role the US plays from this location, also what Frank's Italian background could mean should that info get out. Lots to look forward to in the next book.
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