Sarah waited nervously as he served his year-long tour, relieved when he returned unharmed. They began planning their future together but because peace talks with the North Vietnamese failed, Jason was recalled to participate in an operation that would eventually lead to the end of the war. This time he didn't make it home.
The story follows Sarah as she struggles to get past the grief and on with her life. A life that takes a surprising turn after a tragic accident.
What are readers saying about story?
"Patti J. Smith continues Christmases Past with a tender love story set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. "The Pearls of Christmas" examine the delicacy of the human mind when face with tragedy. Can spirits touch one another across the miles when they are truly one?
For a quick but worthwhile read, grab some hot tea and "The Pearls of Christmas."
"This is Volume Four of the Christmases Past series, and Patti J. Smith has created a wonderfully heartbreaking and heartwarming story set in the Vietnam War era.
Jason Jacobsen volunteers for the Air Force the day after he graduates from high school, leaving behind his sweetheart Sarah Anderson. At first, it's not all that scary. They exchange almost daily letters and frequent phone calls. Jason stays stateside until he has a brief tour in Thailand. No phone calls then, but the letters are regular. Even so, Sarah has a recurring nightmare of a chaplain showing up with Jason's dogtags to report his death.
When he is released from the Air Force, they think their fears are past--but he gets a recall notice. He's optimistic, though, that he will be home by Christmas. Just in case, he sends her gift--a string of pearls and a scarf--that arrive a couple of days before Christmas. Then her nightmare comes to pass. The chaplain tells her and his parents that there is no hope and they need to accept that Jason won't be coming home.
Beyond all reason, Sarah refuses to accept that reality. "
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Patti lives in Vista, CA with her husband and has three granddaughters. She serves as a Regional Coordinator for the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, Co-leads Rachel's Hope After-Abortion Healing Retreats and sings in her parish choir.
Her writing includes devotionals, light romance and suspense, and her strong faith is reflected in each genre.
She is a prolific blogger and reader, and proudly admits to being a diehard Seattle Seahawks fan and Fantasy Football fanatic. Her travel adventures include Spain, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Fiji, South Korea and almost all states - including Hawaii and Alaska.
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