ADA  — Author Martha Rhynes announces publication of her historical novel, The War Bride. It is the story of a young bride who anxiously awaits the return of her husband, a Marine pilot stationed in the South Pacific. Valiant men who survived World War II and the wives who awaited their return inspired Rhynes to write this novel with unforgettable characters and authentic historical details.

Main characters Milly and Robert fall in love on Dec. 7, 1941, the same day the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor. He enlists and they marry. Soon Robert goes overseas, and Milly moves to his isolated Oklahoma ranch, where she becomes eccentric Uncle Charley’s cook and ranch hand. She experiences a blizzard, a tornado, and a tragedy involving their neighbors.

Letters keep Milly and Robert’s marriage alive, but they develop new interests during their long separation. While the war escalates on two continents, she graduates from college in Alton and teaches English at a junior high school. Meanwhile, Robert flies bombing missions over Rabaul, an enemy base, and transports men and supplies to Tinian, the island from which the atomic bomb is launched. When Germany surrenders on May 7, 1945, Milly celebrates V-E Day with friends, Audrey and Sidney. Many more brave Americans are killed or wounded before the Japanese surrender on Aug. 15, 1945.

The War Bride may be ordered at Outskirts, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Hastings Books, or from the author. Rhynes will autograph copies of her book at the Ada Public Library, on Nov. 20, 2010, from 10 a.m. until noon. A retired teacher, Rhynes is the author of a young adult novel and five biographies of famous American authors. She is the mother of six adult children and many grandchildren. Her family operates a commercial cattle ranch in Pontotoc County.

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