With Love, Wherever You Are / by Dandi Daley Mackall. 10.30.2018

Tyndale ISBN 9781496421227

Adult Rating: 5

Helen Eberhart has her future all planned out: finish nurse’s training and get a job in the city and see the world. Love and war were not a part of that plan. Intern doctor Frank Daley has no desire for a career in the military; however, when Pearl Harbor is attacked, Frank has little choice but to sign up for deferment rather than risk being drafted and unable to finish his residency. Surely this war will be over before he graduates.

As the war drags on, Helen and Frank find themselves enlisted in the military, awaiting shipment overseas. While waiting on transfer orders, their paths cross at Percy Jones Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan and love quickly grows, leading to a swift marriage before they are both sent to different parts of Europe.

Amid the grim brutality of war and separation, Helen and Frank rely on their letters to sustain them through the hardships and heartaches they each endure. Will their young love prove strong enough to survive the fiery destruction of war or will it burn to ashes before it ever has a chance to deepen?

Dandi Daley Mackall’s With Love, Wherever You Are is an inspiring World War II romance novel based on the true love story of the author’s own parents. Her personal insight gleaned through her parents’ letters and stories lends a poignant authenticity and heart to this novel that sets it uniquely apart from others of its genre. That this story has a factual basis also adds to the suspense of the plot as readers cannot wait to find out how Frank and Helen’s story will end.

The narrative is told from the alternating perspectives of Helen and Frank. Their letters, dispersed throughout, bridge the gap between their separate experiences and show how their relationship grows. The primary theme is that true love is strong enough to survive the test of time and distance. This novel is more than a romance novel; it is a story of heroism and sacrifice that honors the men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

Justina McBride, CLJ