With Love, Wherever You Are
This book blends fiction, non-fiction and letters into a WWII love story. Helen Eberhart enlists as a nurse after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Frank Daley enlists to finish medical school and become a doctor. The two meet at a hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. After a whirlwind wedding, each is posted to Europe, contact between them for the rest of the war being largely limited to irregular and unreliable mail.
Both are treating badly wounded men in difficult, dangerous conditions with only an occasional batch of letters from the other to sustain them. Misunderstandings arise, and occasionally it is difficult to write the words “with love” at the end of their reply. It seems impossible that this frail marriage can survive.
Based on a true story and a trunk full of letters written daily, and often two or three times a day, this is a simple and emotional tale. Through death and destruction, each one lives through dire and dangerous wartime raids, doing their best for the terribly injured men in their care. It is a touching story that balances the agony of war with the quiet faith and trust of two deeply caring people.