"Exciting World War II tale"
The Japanese turned Maddy Marshall's seventeenth birthday
into a day that will live in infamy. The boys she has
known all her life in Radley, Pennsylvania quickly start
volunteering to serve in the military. Her brother Davey
joins the Marines and her almost engaged to boyfriend Lyle
enlists in the Navy.
A few weeks later, Davey sends for his wife Ruth recovering
from a miscarriage and Maddy to join him in Miami before he
ships out. In Miami, Maddy meets injured English pilot
turned instructor Lieutenant Stephen Tull-Martin. The
first night they meet, a photograph is taken of the
extended group. As Stephen and Maddy fall in love, she
understands the danger her beloved and her brother face,
but it is the photograph that eerily portrays reality.
This is an exciting World War II tale that vividly brings
to life the home front especially places like Miami
bustling with soldiers and no available abodes for family
members to reside. The characters are a deep group,
providing much more than a romance as each one opens a
window to the past, especially 1942. The mysticism of the
photograph seems strange and yet fits the mood of fear for
loved ones. Virginia Ellis provides fans of historical
tales with a powerfully timely descriptive look at mostly
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 10, 2003
For Maddy Marshall, it was a time of jitterbug contests
and drugstore sodas. Then on her seventeenth birthday, the
Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. Suddenly all the boys she
grew up with, including her fiancéé, ran off to enlist,
ready to defend their country. It was all incredibly
romantic to Maddy. Until the fateful night before her
brother Davey shipped out, the night she danced with
dreamy Lieutenant Tull-Martin, the night of the
photographwhen her world fell apart.
Only Davey's frail wife, Ruth, will discover what
happened, helping Maddy to hide her grave secret and its
undeniable consequences. Together these sisters of the
heart maintain a deception that, like the shifting
reflections of a picture, becomes a beacon of possibility
to be cherished until fate brings their men home.
Written with warmth and grace, The Photograph is a
moving celebration of the women who lived, loved, and came
of age in a time of overwhelming heartbreak.