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About the Book
Book title: Under Fire
Author: Linda Shenton Matchett
Release date: July 25, 2017
Journalist Ruth Brown’s sister Jane is pronounced dead after a boating accident in April 1942. Because Jane’s body is missing, Ruth is convinced her sister is still alive. During her investigation, Ruth becomes suspicious about Jane’s job. Eventually Ruth follows clues to war-torn London. By the time she uncovers the truth about Jane’s disappearance, she has stumbled on black marketers, resistance fighters and the IRA – all of whom may want her dead.
Despair, disbelief, intrigue, and a seemingly neverending mystery collide in Under Fire. Ruth Brown is a formidable, independent, determined, yet highly endearing character. As a female journalist, she already defied social norms of the day, but nothing will stop her in the quest for the facts behind her sister's supposed death that included a supposed no foul play. I found the 40s time period beautifully yet realistically painted in Under Fire down to the description of the vintage clothing which really set the scene for me in my mind. I feel like on a personal level, we all have had a season of great grief and despair in our lives where we questioned God and His plan. I really felt a personal note in the fact that the reality of these issues and forgiveness of those that wrong us were tackled in a very practical way. The plot kept you guessing and hence turning the page as I was kept constantly intrigued. The author did a great job in making this story truly personal, intertwining the raw reality of hurt along with the redemption found in Jesus, and painting a true historical picture. History buffs, mystery buffs, and honestly any fiction buff will enjoy Under Fire!
I received this book for free, but all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown, has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).
Guest Post from Linda Shenton MatchettWriters are often asked where they get ideas for their stories. Many authors start with a “what if” scenario (e.g. what if the fate of a world lies in the hands of a young man who must return a ring of great power to its place of origin: The Lord of the Rings). Other authors find inspiration in news articles (Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express). I begin my stories by creating the main character. As a former Human Resources professional, I am fascinated by the history of women’s employment and enjoy reading about those who trail blazed in industries and positions formerly dominated by men. When I was trying to decide what my protagonist should do for a living, I knew she needed a job that allowed her freedom of movement, but nothing seemed to fit until I saw a museum exhibit about women war correspondents. Of the 1,600 journalists who received government accreditation, only 127 were female. In order to get a sense of what these women experienced (derision, hostility, sexual harassment, and more) I read their memoirs, autobiographies, diaries, and articles. As an accredited correspondent they were supposed to received meals, transport to the front, and transmission of their articles. Many military officers refused to take the women into combat zones, so they had to get there any way they could, such as Martha Gellhorn who stowed away on a hospital ship and hid in the head to reach Normandy and cover D-day. It is my hope that Under Fire honors these brave and tenacious women in some small way.
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