Wars at Home

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
Kathryn thought - hoped - that all the drama in her life was over. Now all she wants is to go quietly about her life and take care of her family. But happily ever after is hard to hold on to in the middle of a war. She tries to ignore the Great War as long as possible, but when America joins the conflict, it becomes much harder. And when it threatens her family, impossible. She allowed herself to believe that just maybe her family would be safe, but soon her worst fears are realized and she is forced to face the possibility that her family may never be whole again.
~ Sequel to Rightfully Mine.

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Wars at Home

Submitted: December 09, 2011

Kathryn thought - hoped - that all the drama in her life was over. Now all she wants is to quietly go about her life and take care of her family. But happily ever after is hard to hold onto in the middle of a war. She tries to ignore the Great War as long as possible, but when America joins the conflict, it becomes much harder. And when it threatens her family, impossible. She allowed herself to believe that just maybe they'd be alright, but before long, her worst fears are realized and she is forced to face the possibility that her family may never be whole again. Read Chapter

Submitted: December 10, 2011

I lay in bed, trying hard to be still. Andrew fell asleep a while ago, but he was such a light sleeper, I was afraid I'd wake him with al... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 14, 2011

"Where have you been?" I flew across the room and grasped Thomas' arms, after he'd closed the front door. America's entry into the wa... Read Chapter

Submitted: December 20, 2011

Over the next few days, Samuel was almost never at home. He made sure he was there for supper and that he was home at a decent hour every... Read Chapter

Submitted: February 14, 2012

The following days were difficult. I wanted nothing more than to lock Samuel in his room and tell the army that he wasn't old enough. Tha... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 03, 2012

"What needs to be done?"  I glanced up from the peppers I was chopping as Julia hustled into the kitchen, looking as though she ... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 06, 2012

Within the hour, John's parents arrived. Not long after they'd said hello to everyone, I was surprised and elated when Andrew's sister, R... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 07, 2012

I managed to keep my opinions to myself for the remainder of our visit, and we returned home at the end of the week.  As life we... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 10, 2012

I stared into the open suitcase on my bed, wondering if I was forgetting anything important. I hadn't been able to think straight since A... Read Chapter

Submitted: March 18, 2012

My Dearest Kathryn, I know that it would be pointless to ask you not to worry, and so I won't bother. Just know that I love you and tha... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 09, 2012

"Emily, go ahead and pick out that fabric you wanted," I said once I spotted the table of colorful material in the corner. I turned and w... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 09, 2012

Climbing the stairs, I thought about what I said to the children and wondered why it hadn't occurred to me before. Of course it was h... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 10, 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect with John. This was not the way I envisioned our discussion starting and I knew that everything that just ha... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 10, 2012

"Aunt Kat, I'm no good at this!" Emily moaned, frustrated as she pulled another blackened loaf of bread from the oven and set it on the s... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 11, 2012

After another disastrous loaf of bread came out of the oven, I allowed Emily to quit for the day.  John and Matthew's return fro... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 25, 2012

"Ouch," I grumbled, stubbing my toe on the same table that Ruby bumped into earlier.  That thing really was in a bad place. Of c... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 25, 2012

I hadn't doubted Emily's sincerity at the time, but I knew first-hand how hard it could be to hold onto your resolve, no matter how stron... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 26, 2012

My eyes were open long before I was aware of my surroundings. It was as if my mind couldn't keep up with my body. But suddenly I was awak... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 26, 2012

"Sorry!" The one word echoed in my head and the pain in Thomas' voice broke through the barrier that surrounded my mind.  Da... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 26, 2012

I wish that I could say things went back to normal after a while, at least somewhat, but it was impossible. Normal had been shattered for... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 27, 2012

Time flew by and before I knew it, I was attending Thomas and Marianne's wedding reception. It was unbelievable that my son was old e... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 27, 2012

To say that things were awkward after the wedding, would be a massive understatement. I could barely be in the same room with John an... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 28, 2012

The walk to the ranch was much too short. I could have sworn it took longer to walk from Julia's on any other day.  But there I ... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 29, 2012

The children all had mixed feelings about mine and John's announcement. They all shared the same complete and utter shock, though. Em... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 29, 2012

Like my first wedding, my wedding to John was small, with only our family and a few others serving as witnesses. Afterward we had a s... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 29, 2012

A year ago, I would have never dreamed it possible that I could be this happy after everything that happened.  But before I knew... Read Chapter

Submitted: April 30, 2012

Once the shock of Julia's revelation wore off, I was able to have some other emotions. Like joy.  I couldn't get over the possib... Read Chapter

Submitted: May 02, 2012

The following months brought plenty of changes. Namely, the birth of my grandson.  Thomas and Marianne named him Andrew. Which h... Read Chapter

Epilogue

Submitted: May 02, 2012

*************Ten Years Later************** "Felicity, bring this to your sister please." I held out the fresh cup of tea I'd made for... Read Chapter

John's POV for chapters 21-23

Submitted: March 19, 2017

This isn't a new addition to the story. It's John's perspective in the later chapters of the story (beginning with Thomas and Marianne's wedding) when he and Kat start looking at each other romantically again. There's nothing earth shatteringly new content wise, but you get a new angle and some cute/funny moments that you didn't get with Kat's perspective. Enjoy! Read Chapter


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