Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review, Blog Tour, and Giveaway: "Wheresoever They May Be" by Terri Wangard

About the Book

Wheresoever They May Be
Book title: Wheresoever They May Be
Author: Terri Wangard
Release date: August 30, 2017
Genre: Historical – World War II
Lily Swanson longs to be a mother. Soon Frank should be home for good and they can furnish a nursery. Maybe even find a bigger house.
Joe Gallagher grew up in a small house with plenty of siblings. He loves the solitude of flying, but the war has dragged on for so long. He’s ready to go home.
Susan Talbot has a bad attitude. She’s estranged from her family and she doesn’t attract friends. But war can bring out the best in people and Susan’s surprised to realize she’s happy.
They all do their part in striving for victory in World War II. Sometimes, though, the danger can be hard to identify.
My Thoughts When "Wheresoever They May Be" came available to do a review, I jumped at the chance because I had enjoyed reading Terri Wangard's other books. I am glad that I got the chance to read this book. I liked how we got to follow the different characters (Lily Swanson, Joe Gallagher, Frank Swanson, and Susan Talbot) and see their perspective of the war. I think my favorite characters were Joe and Susan. I was also glad to not have to wait long to see how the characters were intertwined with each other, although there were things I didn't expect, nor was happy about, too. I experienced a range of emotions throughout the book from anger, to sadness, to joy. There were historical aspects that I did not realize about the war period that I learned through this book. It was very interesting to me. I also liked the spiritual aspect to the book and how the characters leaned on God and grew in their relationships with Him. The book seems to lead to more to the story so I look forward to finding out what  happens next. 

About the Author

TerriTerri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

Guest Post from Terri Wangard

After eight years of thinking, breathing, researching B-17s, I was ready to disembark and concentrate on something else. But what? I had a vague idea of three friends who joined the WAC, the WAVES, and the WASPs, but nothing crystalized. Except for the WAC.
I didn’t want to completely turn away from flying, and I prefer topics that aren’t commonly known. How about a grasshopper pilot? My second character was on board.
I had toyed with the idea of a family generational series. A World War II story paired with a World War I story. But no, too unwieldy.
The WAC could have a sister, though, who stayed on the home front and did factory work. Oh, dear. I couldn’t completely stay away from B-17s. She’s building them.
She also needs a husband. He’ll be in the navy, and not on an aircraft carrier. A destroyer! (This was in the works before Sarah Sundin signed a contract for her just-concluded series about destroyer men. I checked with her: She was writing about the Atlantic war; my guy’s in the Pacific. No problem.) I studied the list of Pacific destroyers and, oooh, the Spence. All kinds of possibilities there.
So there I had it: a sailor, his Rosie-the-Riveter wife, her WAC sister, and a grasshopper pilot. They’re all doing their part to help win the war, but sometimes the enemy isn’t obvious.

Blog Stops

September 1: Bibliophile Reviews
September 1: Red Headed Book Lady
September 3: Janices book reviews
September 4: Live. Love. Read.
September 4: Jeanette’s Thoughts
September 5: Carpe Diem
September 6: Neverending Stories
September 7: Christian Bookaholic
September 7: Splashes of Joy
September 8: Bigreadersite
September 9: Have A Wonderful Day
September 9: Novels Corner
September 10: Radiant Light
September 10: History, Mystery & Faith
September 11: Daysong Reflections
September 11: Pursuing Stacie
September 12: God’s Little Bookworm
September 13: Blossoms and Blessings
September 13: Marry Hake


To celebrate the tour, Celebrate Lit Publishing is giving away:
Grand Prize of $25 Amazon Gift Card
1st Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook
2nd Place prize of the Wheresoever They May Be – eBook!!
Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries!

"Wheresoever They May Be" is available in paperback:
  • Paperback: 378 pages
  • Publisher: Celebrate Lit Publishing (August 14, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0999145118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0999145111
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches

and in Kindle edition:
  • File Size: 4337 KB
  • Print Length: 379 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0999145118
  • Publication Date: August 31, 2017
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B074X2FZP9

I got a free copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own and given voluntarily. No compensation was received. 


Karen H said...

Thanks for your review of this book. It helps those of us not familiar with the author to decide if the book is a buy or not. I think this one is a buy!

agboss said...

Wheresoever They May Be sounds like an awesome read, and the cover is absolutely stunning! I LOVE historical fiction! Thanks for your review! This book is definitely going on my TBR list 🙂

Emma said...

This sounds like a fascinating story!

Becky Smith said...

Great review and I look forward to reading this book. Sounds like I will look forward to reading the NEXT book also!!!

Linda Moffitt said...

Looks like such a great book. Thanks for sharing it on your blog.

Caryl Kane said...

Great review! I love historical fiction!

Karen H said...

Last day of the tour. It's been fun getting to know this author and her work. Thanks for the opportunity to win.