Sunday, February 3, 2019

When Valleys Bloom Again ~ Pat Jeanne Davis


To Hope-Inspired Stories, for anyone who'd like to discover more about books and stories that uplift and encourage.

Several years ago, while teaching high school art, I found out I was as thrilled as my students when they won awards or were acknowledged for their accomplishments, and that promoting other people's good works was very gratifying. 

So it's my hope you are blessed with a message of grace through the words of authors featured here. Please join me each week as writers of fiction, nonfiction, and devotionals; of romance, mystery, historical and contemporary stories share their work. 

For the month of February, we will be hi-lighting exciting stories of World War II. We'll start off the month with "When Valleys Bloom Again"; a story of courage and a search for home by Pat Jeanne Davis.

Please leave a comment to be in a drawing for Pat's book.   

"When Valleys Bloom Again" 

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty, and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

Abby couldn’t know the war would last for years, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. 

Will she discover the true meaning of home and find happiness with Jim?
Publisher:  Elk Lake Publishing, Inc. ~ January 17, 2019

Author ~ Pat Jeanne Davis

You'll also find Pat's book on these sites.

...for a look at '40's fashions, and authentic life from the 40's on Pat Jeanne's Pinterest site:

..And if you become a Follower of Hope-Inspired Stories, your name will be
added to a multiple-prize drawing at the end of this month. February's big giveaway: a pretty tote filled with gifts that include: this month's DVD selection "The Hiding Place"- Corrie Ten Boom's true story of her family overcoming the Nazi invasion--with love. (see below)-- a journal, and a 25.00 gift card, all reflecting this month's theme of WWII memories. 

ReminderThe authors presented here value your insights, so don't forget to leave a comment. You will be included in a drawing for a book by the author featured during that week. 

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8).

Thank you...May you all be blessed and inspired!

Hope-Inspired Stories Photo:  The beautiful photo of Sodus Bay, N.Y. during a particularly harsh storm on Lake Ontario earlier this year was taken by photographer and sister in Christ, Ginger Strom. Note the courageous lone seagull taking flight in the upper right corner of the photo.   


  1. This book sounds very intriguing. Sounds like a real page-turner.

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    1. Thank you for commenting. I love WWII stories as well.

  3. Thank you, Patricia, for having me as your guest on Hope-Inspired Stories. My tagline is "Stories Imbued with Hope in Troubled Times." The World War II era was characterized by troubling times and dark days. I pray my novel provides a glimmer of hope to those going through distressing circumstances.

  4. Thanks for stopping in, Pat! Wonderful tagline, and reason for writing; we all need hope. Uplifting for our mental, emotional & spiritual health--gives us a way to move forward. I happened to use Hope-Inspired Stories for my tag because 1) I attend Hope church :) and 2) it stands for HIStories (His Stories--inspired by the Lord) and because I enjoy writing historicals as well. Blessings!

  5. So true, Pat. I forgot to thank you for tracking down the U-Tube with Vera Lynn singing that beloved and inspiring piece of music written during World War II.

  6. This sounds so intriguing. I love historical fiction. I love the cover. The Thanks for the chance

  7. Sorry I didn't see this earlier, Tammy. Thank you for stopping in and your kind words on the cover for my novel.