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Across the Winding River by [Aimie K. Runyan]
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From the Editor

Whenever I visit my parents, I love digging through boxes of old family relics. I thrill at the potential treasures I’ll unearth, hoping I’ll happen upon something secret that offers a window into a loved one’s past. Which is why I was so captivated by this breathtaking book of hope, love, and the enduring power of the past.

In Across the Winding River, protagonist Beth Cohen’s ailing father asks her to collect his World War II memorabilia. Max had served as a medic on the western front and is eager to revisit this chapter of his life; Beth sees it as an opportunity to know her father even more intimately. But Max’s belongings—and one photograph in particular—lead to more questions than answers.

Author Aimie K. Runyan seamlessly weaves the past with the present as Beth digs into her father’s wartime days. In the process, Beth discovers Max’s life touched others in ways she never knew—and changes hers as a result. That’s what’s so powerful about this book. It’s a reminder that we all carry the past with us. Sometimes it’s easier to turn away from it, but there’s so much more to learn by letting it in.

- Chris Werner, Editor

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“Inspired by a true and powerful story, Runyan has written a wondrous story of courage, sacrifice, and most importantly, love. Expertly winding between WWII and present time, Across the Winding River accomplishes the almost-impossible: layering three stories that come together to take your breath away. Runyan captures the heart-thumping years after Pearl Harbor and then wanders through the terrifying battles of Hurgen Forest. The vivid narrative is born of impeccable research, and reaches through the pages straight to the reader’s heart. Uncertainty is the fire through which all the characters must pass. With a bit of mystery, a lot of heart, and beautiful prose, Across the Winding River will steal your imagination and you’ll be the better for it.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis

“The past collides with the present in this intriguing story as one woman unravels the mystery of an old photograph found in her father’s World War II memorabilia, ultimately leading to a place of healing for herself and her family. A highly entertaining read!” —Ellen Marie Wiseman, bestselling author of What She Left Behind and The Orphan Collector

“Cleverly plotted and brimming with emotion, Across the Winding River takes readers on an epic journey from present day America to the dramatic events of WWII in Europe. This is Aimie K. Runyan at the top of her game—delivering the perfect mix of non-stop action, romance, and heartfelt family drama, while shining a light on the heroism of women during the war. It’s an enthralling story from start to finish.” USA Today bestselling author Julianne MacLean

“…[A] beautifully told story of impossible love in a time of war. Aimie K. Runyan deftly explores both sides of the wartime divide and the courage of those who remained true to their beliefs, even if it risked their lives. A moving and illuminating read.” —Fiona Valpy, author of The Dressmaker's Gift

“I was quickly captivated by the three narratives in this cleverly constructed novel: the poignancy of an old man in a care home looking back on his life and the child he never knew; the instinctive goodness of a young dentist treating horrific wounds behind the WWII front line; and the strength and courage of two German sisters secretly opposed to Nazi rule…A compelling story that’s about survival and loss, and most of all about love—between father and daughter, man and woman. This is historical fiction with a big heart.” —Gill Paul, bestselling author of The Secret Wife

“A story of courage and love in dark times.” —Janie Chang, author of The Library of Legends

About the Author

Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She is the author of four previous historical novels, including the internation­ally bestselling Daughters of the Night Sky, Girls on the Line, Promised to the Crown, and Duty to the Crown, as well as the short-story collection Brave New Girls. She is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her two (usually) adorable children. Visit her at www.aimiekrunyan.com.


Product details

  • Publication Date : August 1, 2020
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 301 pages
  • File Size : 5262 KB
  • Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (August 1, 2020)
  • ASIN : B07WS9RPJM
  • Language: : English
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,600 ratings