THE WHISTLE STOP CANTEEN
won 1st place in Category winner of the 2020 CHATELAINE Awards, a division of the 2020 CIBAs by Chanticleer Book Reviews & Media
THE WHISTLE STOP CANTEEN
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My award-winning 4th novel, The Whistle Stop Canteen, like On The Homefront, is based on the true story of American women during WW2. Set against the backdrop of the North Platte (NE) Servicemen's Canteen, The Whistle Stop Canteen is the story of Maggie and Tom and how...A wartime train station encounter changes a lifetime...
After losing her fiancé in WW1, Margaret Parker settled into a quiet, lonely life as the town librarian in North Platte, NE. After the US enters WW2, Margaret volunteers as the historian for the Servicemen’s Canteen organized by the women of North Platte. When Captain Tom Carver strolls into the Canteen, he’s immediately drawn to Maggie and works hard to woo her, via letters, as he heads off to war. While reluctantly falling in love long-distance, Maggie also opens her heart to the teen-aged girl she supervises and the townswomen working beside her, while fearing for the lives of the servicemen and women she meets at the Canteen. When Tom springs a surprise on her, and then winds up MIA, Maggie must come to grips with her fear of another loss. Relying on her new family and friends, she must take a chance on love, if she wants to make a life for herself after the war is over.
4 Stars - "there was a double pleasure in becoming engrossed in a charmingly told romance and learning something at the same time." Mary Chapple, Discovering Diamonds, https://discoveringdiamonds.blogspot.com/2020/01/a-discovering-diamonds-review-of_22.html
"Margaret is easy to root for, and the emotion still comes clearly through the page to create tension and keep the story moving and engaging. The Whistle Stop Canteen is an easy, quick read that does an excellent job of weaving in the history of the North Platte, Nebraska, canteen while telling an interesting, enjoyable story." Historical Novel Society,https://historicalnovelsociety.org/reviews/the-whistle-stop-canteen/
Reviews from Amazon & Goodreads:
5 Stars - "I don't give five stars to many books, but this one had me hooked from the beginning....uses flashes forward masterfully to increase the suspense. When you think you know what's going to happen she throws in a huge curve."
5 Stars - "Ms. Deane has written another splendid novel about these women who also served their country during WWII on the home front...compelling and spell binding."
5 Stars - "throughout the book I would very and laugh and cry some more. I would recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction!"
5 Stars - "If you like historical fiction then this should definitely be added to your wish list!"
NEW: FINALIST in the CLUE International Book Awards for Suspense & Thriller Fiction by Chanticleer Book Review
NEW: FINALIST in the CHATELAINE International Book Awards for Romantic Fiction International by Chanticleer Book Review
And Then There Was You
Harper's Glen novel #2
4.7 Stars on Goodreads
On the Authors on the Air Recommended book list
When her world falls apart, he's there to help her find herself again.
Marnie Edwards thought she had her life together. Then State Trooper Scott Randall starts asking mysterious questions, and she learns her mother has been hospitalized with cancer. When a bedside confession reveals she was adopted*, suddenly Scott’s investigation into child-trafficking becomes personal.
Every time Scott turns around, he learns Marnie has something to do with his current investigation. Finding himself falling for the beguiling, strong-willed brunette isn’t helping, especially when he’s still nursing the wounds of his failed marriage.
When he and Marnie find themselves thrown together to help a pregnant teen, they have to figure out what’s important and who they are to each other, before it’s too late.
*Marnie learns she was born in the back of a VW microbus during the 1973 Summer Jam rock concert in the small town Watkins Glen, NY, which is the next village over from Harper's Glen. This story, the town, and the characters are fiction, but inspired by some factual events.
Summer Jam was truly one of the largest rock concerts ever presented and took place at the Raceway in Watkins Glen, New York on July 28, 1973, five years after—and more than 200,000 people larger—than Woodstock.
Watkins Glen, a village of approximately 2,000 people, is the home of American auto racing. As such, residents were used to crowds of 100,000 for the Formula One races.
When the promoters of the concert approached the town, they estimated 100,000 young people would attend the one-day event. Instead, over 600,000 people came for more than a weekend, blocking roads, over-running the racetrack and adjoining campgrounds, depleting the water, food, and restroom facilities, and occupying the entire area for more than a week.
While it was larger than Woodstock, Summer Jam never received the same notoriety, except among the residents of the Finger Lakes area of New York, who had lived through the chaos.
Reviews of And Then There Was You:
4 Stars...Deane's books strike that delicate balance between sweet and suspenseful...There was a great combination of character development and suspens...just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat...Barb Warner Deane creates loving romance and enticing mysteries and this story was no different." Romantically Inclined Reviews
5 Stars...Great romantic suspense - This romantic suspense will take your heart on a voyage to uncharted territory. The emotions range from desperation to contentment. However, this is a necessary journey your heart and head need to take. The ending may just surprise you, but in a great way and I strongly recommend you read this book - KBRC NetG
"Deane did an incredible job weaving multiple storylines and managing to bring all to a satisfying conclusion. She wove in real events to add sustenance to the plot. I highly recommend this book for sorting through life’s problems to find a desired future." - Book Review Crew
5 Stars - "I absolutely loved the intermixing of fiction with bits of non-fiction as it relates to a music festival called Summer Jam (a mini-Woodstock) in Watkins Glen. And how discovering what happened in the past helps figure out the present. This story is filled with romance, suspense, suspicions and surprises.." -USA Today Bestselling Author Wendy Byrne
5 Stars - "And Then There Was You has a lot of romance and even more mystery make this a really good book. You will get information on black market adoptions - child selling and how it can flourish. I recommend this for all the curious readers." Amazon reader
When their men marched off to war, these women stepped up.
ON THE HOMEFRONT
4.8 Stars on Goodreads
The year is 1941. As WWII begins, life will never be the same for three women as they send their husbands, brothers, and friends off to war. Ruth, a young wife and teacher, Lilly, her teen-aged sister-in-law, and Helen, a British war bride, learn to cope with rationing, change, fear, loss, humiliation, and brutality while they forge an impenetrable bond and grow to be stronger than they ever dreamed possible. They lean on each other for support, but when one decides to go to the front lines as part of the the American Red Cross Clubmobile program, can the two remaining women cope with her absence and even more loss?
"Barb Warner Deane gives us a nostalgic love letter in On the Homefront. Full of heartache and triumph from days long gone by, it brings the reader home again." Julia London, NYT bestselling author of The Devil in Tartan
"5 Stars...A heart-warming and heart-riveting story that vividly (and with historical accuracy) recreates an extended rural family coping with the harsh realities of World War II. Helen, Ruth, and Lilly will stay with you long after you put down this wonderfully written historical." - Parris Afton Bonds, New York Times bestselling author of more than 40 novels
"A riveting tale of three women as they support, grow and change while faced with the reality of WWII. This book combines history and story-telling as the reader becomes engrossed in the highs and lows of these women's lives while simultaneously incorporating historical events into the mix. These women exemplify the power in women coming together to support each other and persevere despite obstacles. If you love history and/or women's fiction, you will love this book. 5 stars" - USA Today Bestselling Author, Wendy Byrne
"The story is lovingly told using the jargon and expressions of the times. The author provides a heartfelt picture of the way each life was affected by the war. The novel also embeds historical references to customs and culture so that the reader learns about the times and values from the era. The author is a fan of genealogy—that is evident through the meticulous research she gathered in presenting the simple, yet complex lives of women in the face of war." Historical Novel Reviews
"A fascinating story about women who test their strength due to circumstances, creating impenetrable bonds as well. It's a perfect blend of history with women's fiction. A reflection of the times where women took the lead because they had no other choice and became strong and resilient together. As a reader, this was one of those books that is difficult to put down because you NEED to know what happens next; historically and personally, you see through the lives of these women. This book is a MUST read from new author,Barb Warner Deane, if you're even a slight fan of historical fiction and/ or women's fiction. I HIGHLY recommend this book." - Book Review Crew
Secrets can kill. But she's a survivor.
KILLING HER SOFTLY
Harper's Glen #1
Available now from Amazon & The Wild Rose Press
4.3 Stars out of 5 on Amazon & Goodreads
Afraid for her life after spending ten years in an abusive marriage, a surprise inheritance finally gives Kate Finelli a chance to get out, if she can find the courage. When she calls the sheriff’s office, she hears the familiar voice of Jack, the first man to show her love. Can Kate trust him to help her get away from the long-suffering abuse? She has to hide from her husband to stay alive.
A former FBI agent, Jack returned to Harper’s Glen at the request of his dying friend, the town sheriff. Jack has been estranged from his family for years because his father never appreciated him as compared to his brothers and because Kate, the girl he fell in love with in high school, married one of those brothers. With strained family ties, Jack doesn’t plan on staying in this small town for long, until a panicked call comes in from Kate. He left when she chose his brother, but must stay to help her now.
With the backdrop of a murder investigation and threatening notes, Kate and Jack find each other again. Will the tension within their family keep them apart? Or will their struggle for safety bring them together after all these years?
"...KILLING HER SOFTLY, is a fast-paced, frightening, and thoroughly enjoyable read...romantic suspense at its best." NY Times Bestselling Thriller Author, Linda Castillo
"...An emotional roller-coaster ride of lost love, overcoming life-and-death challenges and reclaiming one’s self and soul. I loved the romantic relationship between Kate and Jack as they rediscovered themselves... And, watching the killer in the background added such tension and danger! A tense, fast-paced story of danger, lost-love-found and redemption, KILLING HER SOFTLY kept me turning the pages!” USA Today Bestselling Author, Terri Brisbin
"5 Stars...Well-written and suspenseful. Kept me engaged to the last page." Lisa Pulitzer, NY Times bestselling author of Fatal Romance, Stolen Innocence, Imperfect Justice, and Mob Daughter, among many others.
"...a suspenseful, emotional rollercoaster that, all things considered, is really quite a lovely read.. the story quickly moves from sadness to a more hopeful undertone, and then quickly dives straight into suspense, frustration, and danger...Every woman wants to be like Kate. Every woman should be like Kate: courageous, intelligent, and someone who, when everything looks like it's going to shit, believes in herself...it packs a wallop between the pages. Lots of emotion, lots of danger, lots of love." -Romantically Inclined Reviews
"Deane inserts the sharp sting of suspense into a heartwarming small town, showing how those we love can both hurt and heal." - Allie Pleiter, best-selling author of over 30 novels