Is their love strong enough to withstand
an assault from the enemy?
Catherine and Henry have overcome numerous obstacles to reach what they believed to be an impossibility: a steady relationship together. Through nearly insurmountable hurdles caused by tragedy, misunderstandings, and insecurities, the two have finally found a way to each other’s heart. Their love is like their quarrels: stronger than ever.
But not perfect.
Susan is still in shock that Henry showed no interest in rekindling their romance upon his return from the war. While they had never officially been a couple, Henry’s devoted interest in Catherine from the moment he stepped off the train has left her confused, insulted, and angry. Susan doesn’t lose, especially not to dowdy Catherine.
Determined to have the final victory, Susan will do everything in her power to destroy Catherine’s happy ending. It’s obvious, Henry belongs with her. She’ll use every weapon in her arsenal: mastered manipulation, bribery no one can walk away from, seduction, and lies. And Susan’s greatest weapon: her memory.
Susan remembers who Henry was before the war, and she remembers the homely, insecure loner Catherine used to be. Susan is determined to remind them—no one can run from their past forever.
What People are saying about Susan’s War
If star-crossed lovers were to come to life in a story, it would be in Susan’s War because the romance between Catherine and Henry moves from a loving affair to a turbulent confrontation due to Henry’s former fling Susan’s vindictive actions. This sequel to Catherine’s War is a fitting tribute to the strength of its predecessor, expanding their relationship and building on a love that is accompanied by much strife.
The couple has already overcome many misunderstandings and adversities to be together, but Susan’s special form of retribution shakes their foundations and at least seems to make headway when her latest scheme convinces Catherine that Henry is not what he seems, posing a heartbreaking truth she needs to flee from.
When Catherine takes flight, however, it’s with unexpected consequences that bring her into a new family situation with a very different potential for romance far from Henry’s ability to connect with her.
Has Susan won her war after all? Can Catherine and Henry’s love survive a battle in which Catherine’s own memory works against her and Susan’s own relative participates in creating an illusion of the past that never existed?
Denise Micka’s romance is a standout in the genre for several reasons. The connections between Catherine and Henry are beautifully portrayed from the beginning. Their very different personalities, the underlying motivations behind Susan’s hatred and her own personal drive for vengeance, and Catherine’s evolving spunk as she stands up for what she believes, only to be shot down for her courage, is exquisitely presented.
Historical romance readers who look for clean, wholesome descriptions of blossoming love and interpersonal relationship tensions will find Susan’s War more than a cut above the ordinary. Catherine’s many challenges and struggles create a book that is thoroughly absorbing and very, very highly recommended indeed.
– Diane Donovan, Donovan’s Literary Services – Original review post
While World War II rages in Europe, Catherine McKinney’s internal war boils over. Since her parents’ deaths, Catherine retreats into herself, growing to believe she’s unworthy of love. Yet her growing feelings for Henry Bradley threaten to change everything. Henry, her twin brother’s best friend, is the best dancer and biggest flirt in town. Outgoing and arrogant, he’s the most unexpected person for Catherine to fall in love with.
When the men take up arms to defend their country, Catherine must shoulder the full responsibility of running the family home as well as encourage her brother and Henry on the front line. As the atrocities of war take a toll on Henry, he finds solace in his letters with Catherine, in which they share their fears and hopes. As their connection grows, Catherine must choose the fate of her internal war: crush her true feelings and live in isolation or conquer her fears and let Henry into the fortress of her heart. Will she ever be able to be vulnerable enough to let anyone else take care of her? And does Henry, now war-torn and broken, have the strength to fight Catherine for her heart?
What People are saying about Catherine’s War
“I finished in less than 24 hours! That is a testament to how engrossed I was in the plot and lives of the characters. … I was zooming through it in an attempt to find out what happened next. It was emotional, exhilarating, and just plain amazing.” – Meghan Lloyd, author of the Lady with a Quill blog
“Catherine’s War is a romance, on the face of it; but it’s also a story of friendships, family ties, long journeys, and the juxtaposition of the glories of enlistment over the sacrifices of love.” – D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review