Tyndale House Publishers
“In The Loved One, Catherine Palmer and Peggy Stoks weave four historical stories of duty and loss amid a contemporary tale of letting go. Meg Chilton is shocked when her only son, Tyler, decides to enlist right after he graduates, and she refuses to give him her blessing. Determined to do anything she can to persuade him to stay, she turns to the graduation gift she is preparing – a journal of Chilton family history. But the Chiltons’ stories are of little comfort as one by one she learns of sacrifices made during the American Revolution, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II.
“Moving yet unpretentious, this beautiful novella presents a timely story. The four historical vignettes portray memorable characters in accurate settings, building emotions instantly with well-chosen words. The contemporary story’s simple plot grows a little weak over the book’s five chapters, but the shifts – from past to present and back – will keep interest levels high. The multi-genre style will appeal to both lovers of historical fiction and contemporary fiction readers, men and women, teens and adults, and anyone who appreciates those who serve our country.” -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews.com
When Meg Chilton's son announces that he wants to join the military, Meg is devastated. Her husband suffered physical and emotional trauma while fighting in Vietnam, and Meg is afraid that she will lose her only son to war if he enlists. But as Meg researches her family tree, she discovers the deep sacrifices and triumphs of those who went before her, serving this country.