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A War of Her Own is a compelling World War II historical novel, set in Orange, Texas, in 1943, about a Texas version of Rosie the Riveter in search of happiness.

In the summer of 1943, Orange, Texas, is a sleepy little town overrun with tens of thousands of new workers. With jobs galore at the wartime shipyards, the workers are rich with cash and looking for a good time.

Bea Meade, mother of an infant son, finds her life shattered when her philandering husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. To make ends meet, Bea takes a job at a shipyard as a riveter. Meanwhile, she searches for the love missing in her life.

Life is good for everyone in Orange - except Bea, who has to fight her own battles against a no-good husband, the prejudice facing women in the workplace, and the mysteries of her own past.

Bea's journey to discover who she really is, a vibrant woman of her times, serves up an entertaining story of the World War II home front you'll remember long after the final pages.

©2010 Sylvia Dickey Smith (P)2013 Sylvia Dickey Smith

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  • Missy S
  • Glens Falls, New York
  • 08-23-18

I was unsure at first.

The 'voices' were different. It wasn't long before I was totally caught up in this unusual story. It was hard to turn it off, though life intervened and I was forced to do that. It's an amazing and interesting story of people who are trapped in the relationships they were raised to believe that they should be. I remember my own mother telling me that you got married for life and you stuck out. I fought against that most of my life, at first avoiding all relationships, then marrying for the wrong reasons to the wrong man. The war woke up a lot of people, while others festered in their marriages to harsh people because that was how they were taught to believe marriage should be. I really loved this book!