MISS ELLIE’S ORANGE TREE
“Three can keep a secret …
if two are dead.” – Benjamin Franklin
While war ravages Europe in the summer of 1944, eighteen-year old Ellie Miller must fight her own battles in the peaceful city of Tampa, Florida.
Lieutenant Joey Clement declares his undying love to her before boarding the train that takes him away to his Flying Fortress.
She waits…and waits…and waits for a letter from him. The sprig of an orange tree she and Joey planted together from a seed offers her the only consolation in his absence.
Ellie’s tendency to panic throws her into a loveless marriage. Her drunken and abusive husband resents the baby she carries. And the worst onslaught of all – knowing the only man she’ll ever love is due to return to MacDill, unaware of her unbearable situation. Worn down from her own combat, she hasn’t the courage to face him.
Will Joey forgive Ellie when he returns from the war and learns she’s married to a man he despises? Will he forgive himself when he discovers that he, not Ellie’s husband, is the father of her child?
Is his love deep enough to cover her buried sin?
Miss Ellie’s Orange Tree is an 80,000-word historical love story that moves from present day to the 1940s, and back to the present.