Writing with God's Hope blog welcomes Christian author, Gail Kittleson with info about her new release, In This Together. Gail presents a supposedly newspaper interview of her hero Al Jensen.
SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR MY REVIEW OF IN THIS TOGETHER.
After World War II steals her only son and sickness takes her husband, Dottie Kyle begins cooking and cleaning at the local boarding house. The job and small town life allow her to slip into a predictable routine, but her daughters and grandchildren live far away, and loneliness is Dottie's constant companion when she's not working. Al Jensen, Dottie's long-time neighbor, has merely existed since his wife died. Al passes his time working for his son at the town's hardware store. However, he still copes with tragic memories of serving in WWI. Being with Dottie makes him happy, and their friendship grows until, for him, love has replaced friendship. When Dottie's daughter has health issues, will Al’s strength and servant's heart be enough to win Dottie's love and affection? Can Dottie's love for her family enable her to face her fear of crowds and enclosed spaces and travel halfway across the country to help the daughter who so desperately needs her?
Interviewer: Hello, there. Are you Mr. Jensen?
Al: I am, but my son is the proprietor here now. I just help him out.
I: Fine hardware you have here. I’m looking for Dottie Kyle. You know her?
Al: I do, but may I ask what you’re ...”
I: I’m from the county newspaper, and we’re running a series on Gold Star mothers—women who lost sons in the war. Mrs. Kyle is on our list, and I hope to speak with her.
Al: That’s not a good idea, son.
I: But I ... I can’t go back without a story.
Al: You just might have to. Dottie’s not one to talk about her son.
I: You know her well?
Al: Her husband was my friend for thirty years.
I: So he has passed, too?
Al: Right as the war ended.
I: So Mrs. Kyle bears two recent losses. And did you have a son in the war?
Al: Sure did, but we were lucky. He came home.
I: I’d still like to find Mrs. Kyle. Can you tell me where she’d be?
Al: Nope, she’s a private person, doesn’t need anybody poking into her business. I hope you’ll respect that.
I: You seem quite protective of her.
Al: She’s been through a lot, and it’d be a waste of your time, since she’d tell you no flat out. But Dottie’s a peach of a gal.
I: Could you ... do you have any other names to give me?
Al: Scratches his head and peers out the window.
I: There must be somebody else who lost ...
Al: Oh! Try Henrietta Perry, lives right across from the Lutheran church on Washington Street. She lost a nephew, and she loves the limelight.
After the reporter leaves: Al’s mind stays with Dottie, and he loses track of the nails and bolts he’s putting away in their little drawers. Didn’t Mrs. Roosevelt say something about a woman being like a teabag, showing her strength in hot water? Well, that was Dottie, for sure. How can he possibly win the affection of such a nuts and bolts woman—she knows her mind, and keeps it to herself.
In This Togetherby
Gail Kittleson is a historical romance. The main characters aren’t young
first-time lovers. Dottie is a widow, and Al, a widower, both with grown
children and grandchildren.
Kittleson’s description is awesome, her research impeccable.
If you ever wanted to know what it was like to live in post World War II, this
book paints a vivid picture. The author places you right in the state of Iowa in 1947 and then moves you to the California coast on a passenger train across
Her characters win over the readers and draw them into the
period when life changes quickly in the war’s aftermath. The author pulls at
your heart strings. When I finished reading, I believed I would know Dottie and
Al if I met them on the street.
Though I didn’t live through this time period, I now feel as
if I did. Thanks to Kittleson for a truly heart-warming read.
Thank you, Gail, for visiting us today. I loved the "reporter interview."
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