by Merrill J. Davies
Sixteen-year-old Jessie Thompson reluctantly moves with her mother and older sister to Savannah, Georgia, in the summer of 1943 to work as a welder on the Liberty Ships. Her main goal is to survive long enough to return to Alabama and finish high school. But will she be able to survive when tragedy strikes and she has to learn how to “weld” her life back together amid the uncertainties of the war?
About the Author: Beginning in high school in southeastern Kentucky as feature editor of The Hazel Nut, and continuing throughout her thirty-one years of teaching high school English, she has always enjoyed writing and teaching writing. When she retired from teaching in 2003, she began to focus more on her efforts to write fiction. This is her fourth novel. In addition to writing, Merrill is active in Toastmasters, the Georgia Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of English, Rome Area Writers, and her church. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and their families, including six grandchildren and one great-grandson. Merrill and her husband Bill live in Rome, Georgia.