The year is 1916 and life of a man from humble beginnings and a woman he could have never envisioned would play such a huge role in his life are about to be tested, time and time again as tragic events unfold around them.Hailing from South Carolina, Harold Deal knows what it means to work hard and never lose sight of his small town values, but when the young architect accepts a position far from home, his life and the lives of those left behind are forever changed.Mae is instantly smitten when she meets handsome Harold. He’s unlike any man she’d ever met before. His drive and ambition are only matched by his warm heart and unwavering zeal for life. But, no sooner does their love affair begin when the world around them is rattled by a deluge of disturbing events. On top of that, another threat looms; this one, determined to disrupt their lives and pull them apart.Set against the backdrop of a time of great change in the United States and the world, a young couple struggle to hold onto their love in the face of turmoil, both on the home front and in the place Harold holds near and dear to his heart.Will their love withstand the strain or will the bond between mother and son prove to be too much for them to bear?
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Retired educator and librarian Hal Holbrook parlayed his love of reading and learning into what is now an active writing and publishing career. Over the years Hal has amassed a collection of original stories, but it wasn’t until the inception of e-book publishing that he decided to make his collections available to the public.Currently, Hal has two books available on Amazon.• Looking Through Walls, a novel based on a true story; and• The King Who Wanted a Whale, an illustrated book for readers of all ages, especially for read aloud and independent intermediate readers He has plans to release several other works in the upcoming months, including:• a series, Bohemia Echos, the saga of a Native American tribe • Keeping the Dream Alive, a 1970s mystery adventure love storyWhen not writing, Hal can often be found with his band, Windy Ridge, a Blues Rock group who’ve been together for well over three decades. He can also be seen sailing on his 26-foot boat; or, helping his Master Gardener wife tend to their garden. Hal and his wife Carol make their home in the woods near a lake outside of Cottage Grove, Oregon.