Defiant Heart by Marty Steere
Published Date: April 2013
Publisher: Penfield Press
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, WWII
Set against the backdrop of small town America on the eve of World War II, Defiant Heart features two extraordinary characters and one unforgettable love story.
In the spring of 1941, young Jon Meyer’s family dies in a tragic accident, and he is sent to live in a small Indiana town. He arrives to find himself unwanted and shunned.
Mary Dahlgren is the daughter of the town’s mayor. A pretty girl, she could have the pick of the boys in town, including Vernon King, the star of the vaunted high school basketball team. To the chagrin of her friends, though, Mary has always been more interested in books than boys. That is, until she meets Jon.
But Jon and Mary are kept apart by an insidious campaign orchestrated by Mary’s father, who perceives their relationship a threat to his political aspirations, and Vernon, to whom Jon is a rival for Mary’s affections. For months Jon is subjected to a painful ostracism. Then, just when the young man’s earnestness and perseverance begin to win over many of the townsfolk and it appears that love may conquer all, tragedy strikes.
As the country is caught up in war, so too are the young lovers swept up in events beyond their control, leaving both fighting for their very lives. If, against the odds, they are to be together, each will need to find the strength, the courage and the resourcefulness that beat only in a defiant heart.
My Review: Wow. I was intreguied to read this book, for one thing, I love historical fiction. For another, I have many family and friends that currently serve in the military, and many who use to! Marty Steere knows what he's talking about in this book. Could be that he grew up in the military - see the About Marty Steere! But, the story he weaves, it's a timeless tale.
We not only read about why Jon Meyer - one of the main characters, is shunned, we start to feel sorry for him. And then there's sweet Mary, who is just a pistol! I know you'll laugh and cry as you read Defiant Heart!
About Marty Steere:
The son of a career air force officer, Marty Steere grew up on or near military installations across the country and overseas before settling in Southern California, where, when he’s not writing, he practices law. His debut novel, Sea of Crises, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012.
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