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Songbird – By Laci Barry Post

Can those left behind endure?
When the travesties and social changes of World War II confront a small southern town, faith, family, and love sustain the lives of one young woman and her family.

“I’m waiting for my life to begin. Waiting for the train to come in,” Ava Stilwell, a young woman eager for life, sings a popular song with the big band that reflects her heart. In the midst of a world at war, Ava has found love, a passion for her music, and new opportunities, but the war still looms over her, threatening to take it all away.

It’s 1943 and World War II has gripped the nation, including the Stilwell family. Rationing, bomb drills, patriotism, and a changing south barrage their way of life. Neighboring Fort McClellan has brought the world to their doorstep in the form of young soldiers from all over the country and German POWs from half way around the globe. As the travesties and social changes of the war confront this small southern town, faith, hope, and love are all that sustain the lives of Ava and her family.

Songbird is an inspirational, historical fiction novel, dealing with family, faith, strong women, and the changing south. It explores many historical elements of the World War II era, such as women’s aid groups, the writings of Ernie Pyle, D-day, radio and music of the 1940s, and the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.



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