I received this book for free from the author in exchange for my honest opinions/ review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.By the Stars by Lindsay B. Ferguson
Published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media on March 8th 2016
Genres: historical fiction
Source: the author
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He was lost. Lost in those deep brown, beautiful eyes.As clear as day, Cal heard a voice inside his head:“That is the girl you are going to marry.”
Deep in the alcoves of 93-year-old Cal Morgan's mind is an unexpected and intriguing past. Recollections of growing up a farm boy during the Great Depression, learning to foxtrot in the largest ballroom in America, and serving as an infantry soldier in World War II are fragments of his memories.
But perhaps above all, a once-in-a-lifetime love story is seared in his soul, reminding us that some things in life are meant to be.
When Cal finally gets a chance with Kate, the girl he's loved since grade school, their easy friendship quickly blossoms into a meaningful romance. Spirited and independent, Kate keeps a guarded heart due to a painful past, and Cal wants nothing more than to gain her trust. But World War II soon cuts their time far too short, and Cal prepares to part from her – possibly for good. After he's gone, what Kate does next changes everything.
In the suffocating jungles of the Philippines Cal encounters the chilling life of a soldier and deadly battles of war. With Kate's memory willing him on, Cal must put his trust in God to survive if he hopes to ever return to her. Inspired by a true story, By the Stars is a romance that stands the test of time and the most intense obstacles.
A few moments passed and it soon felt like they were the only two people in the room. Completely engaged in her, he had no idea what she was actually saying or how much longer their lingering gaze would continue, but he knew he wasn’t going to be the one to look away. He no longer cared that the room was hot. He was oblivious to that now. He no longer cared what others might think. He was lost. Lost in those deep brown, beautiful eyes.
Then suddenly, as clear as day, Cal heard a voice inside his head speak to him.
That is the girl you are going to marry.
Cal’s head jerked to the side in a quick, surprised response.
Marry? Kate Clayton? Why on earth would he think that? He was with Marlene. She was the girl he was going to marry. It only made sense.
He dropped his eyes to the floor and began mulling over the words that had entered his mind. An uncomfortable tightness began forming in his throat, and he started to remember just how darn hot it was in that building.
After a moment he slowly raised his head back up and glanced over to the girl at his side and then ahead to the girl standing in front of the crowd. A strange feeling was beginning to settle over him.
Why didn’t that thought enter his mind when he looked at Marlene? And more importantly, why, when the voice spoke those words to him, had it not sounded like his own?