Summer is right around the corner and I thought this book would be a good way to welcome it. Take it away, Barbara Britton!
Thank you for having me back on the blog, Nancy. I’m excited to share about Until June. Even though I am published in Biblical Fiction, this will be my first Historical book baby to launch. I heard the story nugget for Until June while on an Alaskan cruise excursion over a decade ago. My family visited a lodge near a glacier outside of Juneau and I heard how a veteran and a caregiver lived in the lodge and were cut off from society for months when the Taku River froze. A man and a woman alone in a lodge? That is how the spark of a story began.
Pelican Book Group will release my caregiver story on June 11th.
Book Blurb for Until June:
When seventeen-year-old seamstress, Josephine Nimetz, agrees to take care of a WWI amputee in a remote Alaskan lodge to escape the influenza of 1918, there’s enough friction to melt the Mendenhall Glacier. Her position is only until June, and it pays well enough to overlook the hardship of managing a rustic home and a shell-shocked veteran, Geoff Chambers.
Geoff makes it clear that he isn’t too fond of the “runt” sent to take care of his needs, nor of her painful mistakes. Dealing with a depressed and addicted amputee, pushes Josephine to the brink of leaving, if not for the money her salary brings.
But Josephine is a perfectionist, determined to get Geoff back on his feet—figuratively. Although, sending a rich, handsome veteran back into society may cost Josephine the man she has grown to love.
Excerpt from Until June
Geoff’s head whipped to the side. His lips puckered. A scowl wrinkled his face.
“I can’t go on patrol. Not tonight.”
She shivered as if thunder had rattled the wall behind her. Geoff acted as if someone else was in the room.
“Tell him, Jo.” Geoff’s gaze turned to her. “No sentry duty.”
No one was there to tell.
Should she talk to the air? She didn’t sign up for this—the physical care yes—but the mental? How could she heal someone whose nightmares grew flesh?
“I told you.” Geoff held onto every vowel.
Was he talking to her or the man? Wait. No one else existed.
Flinging off the afghan, she balled it up in front of her chest. She could do this. Boss a ghost.
Staring at the closet doors, she cleared her throat and said in her calmest voice, “Please leave. Geoff Chambers is unable to assist you.”
There. Done. Then, why was she still looking at the invisible intruder?
Geoff settled into his covers.
She turned to leave, but then she heard a real voice.
“I need more morphine.”
And that was the scariest voice of all.
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Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. Look for Barb to venture into sweet Historical fiction with “Until June.” Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Find out more about Barb’s books on her website www.barbarambritton.com. Connect with Barb on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads