Guest Blog: Celebrate Lit Tour--On My Honor by Patti Smith Hall
About the Book
Book: On My Honor
Author:Patty Smith Hall
Genre: Christian / Historical Fiction / Romance / Intrigue
Release date: January, 2023
Ginny Mathis was finished with nursing school and had no intention of staying rooted in the Outer Banks—then war broke out. With her father away, she feels duty-bound to stay and help her mother and younger sister. While working as a clerk for the Oregon Inlet ferry, naval officers ask Ginny and others to be watchful for German U-boats reportedly spotted in the area. So to help occupy her teenage sister, Ginny enlists the Girl Scout troop she leads to help watch for suspicious activity along the coast.
Timothy Elliott is no stranger to death. As a British reporter working with the M-6, he’s numb to the losses of war after two years of fighting the Germans. Maybe that’s why he volunteered for this mission—to connect with an ex-German naval officer who stole the Furor’s battle plan for the Atlantic war. When the boat giving him passage to New York is bombed near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Tim is thrown from the boat and wakes up in the care of a group of young girls.
Ginny follows her sneaky sister on a clandestine mission and discovers the shipwreck victim. Ginny knows she must take charge, but is this man the enemy, or does he hold secrets that could turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic in the allies’ favor?
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About the Author
Multi-published author Patty Smith Hall lives near the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Danny. When she’s not writing on her back porch, she’s spending time with her family or working in her vegetable garden.
More from Patty
Did you know that the Girl Scouts (or Girl Guides) serviced as spies on HIs Majesty’s Secret Service during World War One? I didn’t either until I picked up a book on female spies at my local Barnes and Noble. There were only two paragraphs about how the girls worked with the MI5 for the duration of the war. It was enough to get my heart pumping!
Being a former Girl Scout myself, I was amazed at what these young girls did to help our country during the war. What activities did the Girl Scouts/Girl Guides do in World War II? Anything asked of them. They organized drives for anything from fat (to make bullets) to paper, stepped into positions left vacant by men serving on the front and worked Victory gardens to provide food for their community. They did so many things, I can’t begin to name them all here. By March 1944, the Girl Scouts had provided over 15 million volunteer hours toward the war effort.
Isn’t that amazing? No wonder I had to write a book about them!
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To celebrate her tour, Patty is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon e-gift card and a print copy of the book!!
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When I first began reading this book, I experienced a little bit of horror--not at all related to the quality of the book, but rather, due to its subject matter. After a trip to Hatteras, I'd already sketched out a book with subject matter very similar to this one. I know the book would be different if I wrote it, but wow, are they close. I'd even read several non-fiction books as historical research.
So, needless to say, I loved the subject matter. Before traveling to Hatteras, and reading those books, I'd had no idea that WWII had come so close to our own shores. The hero in this book is British--if you get to go to Ocracoke, there is a well-maintained British cemetery with some of those who lost their lives buried there. The heroine is an aspiring nurse--and I learned a great deal about the treatment of the injured and the Coast Guard's work on the islands.
The addition of the younger sister and the Girl Guides/Scouts was fascinating--again, I learned so much.
If there was any flaw, perhaps the history overwhelmed the story line too much. I wanted more of the relationship building but there is enough of that to satisfy.
I highly recommend this book if you'd like to learn more about the home front during World War II. There is so much to learn!
I did receive this book free as part of a Celebrate Lit tour, but my opinions are my own. Also, the challenge of how I can still write a story that is similar but not the same is also my own. Blessings!
Question for Readers: Do you like a book where you learn new information, or do you prefer just to relax in a familiar world?