War Bonds

A Novel of World War Two

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Pub Date 15 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 29 Mar 2024

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“A sterling achievement, compelling from the first scene to the last.” –Shirley Miller Kamada, author of No Quiet Water

1939: As Hitler's Panzers storm the Polish border, a small boy boards a train bound for the British countryside where strangers will safeguard him from bombs soon to darken London skies. The boy's mother, Beryl, a hospital nurse, stays back to tend to the shredding wounds inflicted by the lethal German assault. Her depleting days are made worse when she learns her husband, Gordon, has become a prisoner of war, interned at a camp deep in the Reich.

Beryl forges a bond—tenuous and complicated—with an American pilot who helps mitigate her anguish over the husband and son she misses deeply. As their relationship intensifies, Gordon is sent on a work detail to the home of the camp commandant. There, he draws the eye of commandant's wife, a woman of sophistication who hates the Polish backwater where her husband is posted. Their liaison could free Gordon from the hell he endures inside the prison camp and lead him into an utterly new life—if he's willing to forsake the oaths he's taken, the promises he's made.

These ties that bind—forged in the crucible of war—sustain Beryl and Gordon through their darkest days. But will these powerful new bonds subvert their chance to reunite at war's end?

Pick up your copy of War Bonds to savor World War Two fiction at its best, infused with real-life anecdotes recounted by the author's father, a survivor of a German POW camp liberated by Patton's army in the final days of the war.

“A sterling achievement, compelling from the first scene to the last.” –Shirley Miller Kamada, author of No Quiet Water

1939: As Hitler's Panzers storm the Polish border, a small boy boards a train...


A Note From the Publisher

Pamela Norsworthy applies the same tenacity she used as a writer with CNN Headline News to ensure every detail in her historical novels is accurate and illuminating. After a career in television and corporate communications, Pamela turned to fiction writing to share her love of history and politics and explore how decisions made by a powerful few can prove cataclysmic for everyday people caught in the crossfire. A graduate of the University of Virginia (2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions), Pamela lives with her husband and two very spoiled dogs in Atlanta, Georgia, all four of them loyal Atlanta Braves baseball fans.

Pamela Norsworthy applies the same tenacity she used as a writer with CNN Headline News to ensure every detail in her historical novels is accurate and illuminating. After a career in television and...


Advance Praise

"Author Pamela Norsworthy takes her readers on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of war, exploring human connections strained by distance, fear, and the ravages of conflict, and I was captivated from cover to cover." –Reader's Favorite

"There's something for everyone, not just historical fiction fans. I read War Bonds in one sitting—I couldn't put it down… filled with stories of bravery, loyalty, perseverance, and love. I can't remember the last time I was so compelled to turn the page." –DL Mitchell, author of Trust the Terrier

"[War Bonds] is a compelling tale of courage, betrayal, fear, hope, and the ties that bind." –Natalie Dyen, author of Locked in Silence

"Pamela Norsworthy's novel is a sterling achievement, compelling from the first scene to the last. Each character is fully realized… enhanced, never cluttered, by in-depth research." –Shirley Miller Kamada, author of No Quiet Water

"Author Pamela Norsworthy takes her readers on an emotional journey through the highs and lows of war, exploring human connections strained by distance, fear, and the ravages of conflict, and I was...


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PAGES 364

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This is my third attempt at writing a review for this brilliant debut novel set during World War II. I simply cannot find the words to convey how much it affected me. The storyline and the characters were written with such depth that I profoundly felt their joys and sorrows, their successes and failures. This book begins in 1939, with the first British losses in France, and continues through 1945. Through the voices of the different characters, we have an inside look at the struggles in England, a POW stalag in Poland, and the French resistance. There is a complicated wartime romance, too, that left me conflicted. There are heroes and villains but even they are complicated, as they surely are in reality. I appreciated that all of the storylines were brought to a realistic conclusion with an unexpected twist in the epilogue.

"She closed her eyes and considered how war left no one untouched: even the lives of those lucky enough to survive were utterly reshaped." I would give this book more than 5 stars if I could.

My thanks to NetGalley and Black Rose Writing for the digital ARC. All opinions and the review are entirely my own.

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