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The death and destruction of war can destroy even the strongest among us. Will the loss and pain be too much for Rebecca to withstand?
The year is 1941 and paradise is a way of life in Hawaii. For Rebecca O’Shea things couldn’t be more perfect. She has her dream career as a naval nurse, and is in love with the man of her dreams—it seems she has it all.
An empathic gift she’s had all her life starts to grow, showering her with emotions and premonitions that suggest a great darkness is near. Just when she thinks she cannot take anymore her guardian, Joel, arrives to help her.
Rebecca’s life is thrown into chaos when war hits Hawaii’s shore. As the Japanese bomb her home, her gift explodes within her. Loss and pain become her new way of life. She abandons all hope and shuts down her empathic abilities. With bodies littering the hospitals and seas, her calling as a nurse is put to good use, but her heart remains unreachable. Can she find her way out of the blackness and accept her true fate? Or will the prevailing death and destruction of war consume her?
“Do you hear that?”
“It’s just some planes buzzing overhead. Navy’s probably doing some early morning drills.”
She tilted her head in confusion. “Are you sure? Sounds like an awful lot of planes.”
“The navy has a lot of planes.” His mouth twitched into a smile. Her stomach quivered, and she could feel it churning with disagreement.
“I have an uneasy feeling.”
Just as the words left her mouth, a loud boom rattled the cavern walls. The ground began to shake, and a few small rocks fell through the opening at the ceiling. She screamed and jumped off the ledge. Joel grabbed her and held onto her tight, preventing her from running through the dark cave.
“You don’t know your way out. Let me lead.”
Her mouth wobbled as tears fell from her eyes. “I’m scared. What is exploding?”
“Don’t worry. I will take care of you.” He pulled her into his arms. “I promise. It’s what I’m here for. It’s my job as a guardian.”
“How long have you been a guardian, Joel. I always meant to ask you that.”
“A very long time. So long, I don’t know if I remember what my life was like before I took my oath of duty.” He released her from his arms. “Come on. We need to see what is going on outside.
He led her out of the cave and into the open space of the lagoon. Above her, hundreds of planes flew overhead. Bombs were being dropped as they neared land. Gunfire exploded all around her.
“Someone is attacking us,” she shouted.
Red circles outlined in white decorated the wings and sides of the dark green planes. They dipped and spun as they flew by. Japanese, they were attacking Pearl Harbor and the islands of Hawaii. Hundreds of them flew over and around the island. They dotted the sky, heavy, loud engine sounds drummed through her ears.
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Dawn Brower holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Arts in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Literature, History, and Sociology. She works as a substitute teacher and enjoys the flexibility it gives her to concentrate on her other endeavors.
Growing up she was the only girl out of six children. She is a single mother of two teenage boys; there is never a dull moment in her life. Reading books is her favorite hobby. While she loves all genres she focuses most of her writing on historical and contemporary romance.
There are always stories inside her head; she just never thought she could make them come to life. That creativity has finally found an outlet.
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