It’s 1944 and Maggie Culpepper is furious at God because of her mother’s untimely death. She stumbles into a recruiting center and enlists in the U.S. Navy WAVES, leaving Watkinsville, Georgia to serve at a Naval base in New Jersey. The proverbial boy-next-door, William Dove, whose battle with polio has left him unfit for military service, wages a war of his own from the family’s Christmas tree farm. William learns a priceless lesson about surrendering from the farm’s aging caretaker, Tyronious Byrd, who’s struggled through some dark valleys of his own.
“The Big Band sounds and Julie L. Cannon’s gripping characters hooked me in this tender love story set during WWII. With dialogue that dances off the pages, you’ll want to curl up and savor this Christmas offering of renewed faith and yearning for home.” – Carla Stewart, author of Chasing Lilacs.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas made Nielsen’s Top Inspirational Titles for 5 weeks in fall of 2010. In February 2012, it made #8 in Fiction on the CBA Best Sellers list.
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