Every Tear A Memory
Abingdon Press, Oct 21 2014, $14.99
In 1919 France, Joanna Trapp worked for the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a “Hello Girl”. There she met and fell in love with Walter, but he died in combat near Saint-Étienne-à-Arnes. After visiting the site of Walter’s death, Joanna opens up a letter from her brother Jack informing her that their mentally unstable widow mother died three weeks ago back home in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Jack begs her to come home as he cannot raise their younger sister Lily alone.
Joanna returns to the States to help her family. Arlington Hotel manager Thomas Ballard hires as a switchboard operator. Though the boss and the employee are attracted to each other, she pledged loyalty to Walter; and he feels as her unworthy inferior having been medically rejected by the military; unlike his brother a hero in the Great War.
The third Till We Meet Again WWI era drama (See Whisper Goodbye and When The Clouds Roll By) is a fabulous tale of opposites in love. The gender-bending lead couple is a wonderful pairing of an adventuress who finds civilian life in Arkansas exceedingly boring and a businessman who prefers the constant “tedium” of staying at home to raise a beloved family.