Wildflowers Never Die
by Randall Howlett and Deb Turnbull DeVries
This book chronicles the first 30-year history of the Cold War from a third-party narrative perspective but also follows the careers of five key CIA agents involved in various world hotspots during that time period.
First-hand accounts and true stories are included not only by the agents but also others, allowing the reader to fully experience those tumultuous decades -- decades that began with the conclusion of the Chinese Civil War and ended with the fall of Vietnam. To a lesser extent, the authors recount their own experiences growing up as members of the Cold War generation. Purchase at https://bit.ly/44y4Km5.
No Stone Unturned
by Nadean Stone
Told with humor and suspense, this is an inspiring, triumphant memoir of courage and perseverance against all odds, proving the miraculous and happy ending we can achieve when we never give up.
Between 1945 and 1973, about 350,000 unmarried Canadian mothers were persuaded, coerced or forced into giving their babies up for adoption. Many babies, like Nadean Stone, were illegally given away for a nominal donation to the church.“No Stone Unturned” follows the author’s 44-year search for her birth mother. With no records of her birth, she battles against the frustration of bureaucracy and the unbearable pain of many heartbreaks. Fearful events unfold that propel her on a captivating journey of seemingly insurmountable personal challenges, as she strives to make a whole life with a fractured sense of identity. Purchase at https://bit.ly/3F572wV.
The Walls of Lucca
by Steve Physioc
An inspiring, absorbing and suspenseful story of friendship, faith, love and loss in a tumultuous time in European history. When Franco, a weary Italian soldier who’s seen some of the worst of World War I, stumbles onto the Martellino vineyard, he’s looking for work – and not love. But he finds much more with Isabella, the feisty young woman who works there.
Franco pours himself into the vineyard, trying to create a wine that will save it from financial ruin and rescue him from his dark memories of war. But it’s not easy when Mussolini's evil shadow continues to loom over Italy. It’s even harder when Susanna, the vineyard’s matriarch, invites that shadow to the vineyard with her involvement in Fascist politics — and one very sinister political operative. Purchase at https://bit.ly/3DzY0s2.
Innocence Denied: A Holocaust Childhood
by Johannes Krane
During what was known as the “Hunger Winter” of 1944-45, thousands of Dutch citizens were literally starving to death under the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Ten-year-old Johannes Krane and his older brother Dick lived in a small town northwest of Amsterdam. Their parents were both deaf and mute. How would their family survive the cruelties of the Nazi occupiers and life in the streets?
There was no answer but to support their mother's efforts to trade on the black market and steal from businesses and the authorities – perilous activities, punishable by death. This memoir chronicles the haunting experiences of a boy who survived to save his family through cunning and desperation, thus being robbed forever of a happy childhood – an innocence denied by the evils of war. Purchase at https://bit.ly/3lOULqV.
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