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What About Ellen’s Story?
Many people have asked me if I’m going to write a sequel to Love is a Wounded Soldier, or they tell me, “You have to write a sequel!” It makes me glad that I have succeeded in making them care enough about Robert Mattox and his story to want to journey with him a little further, but the answer is, “Probably not.” And by “Probably not” I mean “Absolutely not!”
While some simply want to know about the rest of Robert’s life, many ask, “What about Ellen’s side of the story?” I can understand how that question could linger in a reader’s mind long after they’ve read the last page. But Love is a Wounded Soldier is Robert’s story, told from his point of view with only the information he had. So if the reader is to feel Robert’s childhood anger toward his alcoholic father, his loss at the premature passing of his mother, the love he felt for Ellen, the suffering he endured during World War II, and the sorrow, despair, and then hope he felt when he came home and found that their time apart had changed his relationship with Ellen more than he’d ever dreamed possible, then it is also necessary for the reader to also share his pondering of questions he will never know the answers to. As Robert’s father-in-law, Preacher Moore, once told him, “Sometimes an answer is worse for the mind than a continual question.” Perhaps this is just one such question. You, the reader, can decide.
Thanks to Reading Between the Wines for having me! As a thank-you to you and your readers, the Kindle version of Love is a Wounded Soldier will be marked down to $.99 August 23rd only.
Despite growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, and having to cope with the untimely death of his mother, Robert Mattox has retained his innocence and idealism. He woos and marries his first love, Ellen, and it appears his life is set for a happily-ever-after ending. But World War II is raging, and its vortex snatches him away from his young bride. He finds himself fighting in Europe, witnessing and participating in the unspeakable ugliness and brutality of war. His love for Ellen holds him back from utter despondency, and his will to fight and live draws strength from his desire to return home to her. When he finally does return home to Kentucky, he's exhausted, jaded, and scarred -- inside and out. His worst fear is how Ellen will respond to the changes in him, but when he gets home he finds that Ellen is different, too -- much different. Can things between them ever be the same again? Or will their love be the war's most tragic casualty?
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Blaine Reimer has spent three decades playing cat and mouse with reality, and has been largely successful in eluding it. He has dabbled in any number of professions: oilfield worker, truck driver, Sandwich Artist, construction grunt, warehouse grunt, foundry grunt, print shop grunt, hog barn grunt (grunt, grunt), to name a few, and has excelled at being close to average at nearly everything he’s put his hand to. He enjoys lying in bed and thinking about doing many things, from building a full-size house in the top of a redwood tree, to taking out the garbage. Love is a Wounded Soldier is his first novel, and he hopes it achieves sufficient success to allow him to quit his day job and afford him the time to lie in bed and think about doing even greater things on a full-time basis.
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