The Anna Donovan Novels

 

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The Anna Donovan novels are Joan La Blanc’s linked four-volume series of carefully researched and beautifully written historical romances about young nurse Anna Donovan’s life before, during, and after World War Two.  All four books are available through any bookstore or online seller in quality trade paperback, or they may be ordered here either in paperback or as Ebook editions.

 

 

b773549514ab33b9368d40f5f6066548Innocence of Angels

by Joan la Blanc

The first in the series. In spring, 1941, as war looms, Anna Moss’s life seems on course for a secure, comfortable future. Not only does she have a good job as a nurse in a naval hospital, she’s engaged to a promising young writer who shares her values of diligence, thrift, and moderation in all things. But then she meets Dan Donovan, a new patient on her ward. Intrigued by the handsome but brash young submarine officer, she’s challenged to experience more of life than she’s previously dared. Eventually unable to resist, she’s caught up in a wartime world where the romance is heady, the risks great, and the realities stark. Yet even as she faces loss, sorrow, and an uncertain future, she’s comforted by the knowledge that she’s followed her dreams into a love deeper and richer than she ever imagined.

ISBN 978-1493583-04-1

Ebook Edition, $4.99 U.S.            Trade Paper Edition, $13.95 U.S.

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by Joan la Blanc

In October, 1943, after the loss of both her Navy officer husband and the baby they were expecting, 25-year-old widow Anna Donovan leaves her parents’ New Hampshire home to work as resident nurse on a remote, isolated island off the coast of Maine. Hoping to find new purpose for her life, she moves into an old hotel operated by another young woman with her own sense of loss. Their friendship is tested when a German U-boat blows up offshore, and Jean becomes involved with a fugitive enemy sailor.

Meanwhile, Anna is increasingly attracted to Dr. Jim Millett, the crippled doctor she works for, but with no expectation he’ll ever share her passion. Tragedy draws them together briefly, but soon dashes her hopes of ever winning his love. Or maybe not…

ISBN 978-1937997-45-8

Ebook Edition, $4.99 U.S.            Trade Paper Edition, $13.95 U.S.

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2c52a57d93d62b6cb3b81a2520bad6f7Odyssey of Angels

by Joan la Blanc

To the World War Two battlefield casualties evacuated from bloody Pacific beachheads to the clean white beds of hospital ships, the nurses who care for them are angels. For young Ensign Anna Donovan, however, the stresses chip away at her morale, revealing a side of her that’s anything but angelic. Far from family and friends aboard USS Compassion, she’s horrified to find herself drawn to a charismatic but married Navy chaplain.

As the war reaches its bloody climax, Anna soothes her conscience by rationalizing that all that really matters is that she performed her duty. But is her plan to return to her interrupted civilian life, with the man she really loves, just a delusion? And when she leaves the ship, the friends she served with, and the man who shared her illicit passion, what will happen in that bright postwar future so many died to win for her?

ISBN 978-1482622-52-2

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by Joan la Blanc

Coming home at the end of World War Two, Anna Donovan jumps into marriage to Dr. Jim Millett, to whom she was engaged before she joined the Navy. But she’s still caught up in recollections of her wartime hospital-ship romance with the Rev. Mark Whitmore.  Even as her fondest plans come to fruition, the shadows of her past darken her wonderful new life. Forced at last to confront her ghosts, Anna suffers a breakdown that threatens to rob her of everything she holds dear … unless she can muster the courage to confess.

ISBN 978-1937997-52-6

Ebook Edition, $5.99 U.S.            Trade Paper Edition, $14.95 U.S.

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