Friday, June 13, 2014

Aloha to US Flag Day, Army's 239th Birthday, and Barbara Witek's DADDY WORE DOG TAGS


June 14 is the US Flag Day and the Army's 239th Birthday. Let's kick off the celebration with Barbara Witek's DADDY WORE DOG TAGS:

A soldier running from his past and a young woman denying herself a future become caregivers of a beautiful baby girl and find their true destiny as a family. Army Ranger Max Hamilton has returned to Destiny Falls after the sudden death of his brother. Only coming home means more than trying to save the family farm. Coming home means facing the demons he left behind, and allowing himself to love again. After her twin sisters' death, suburban veterinarian, Chelsea Stevens understands that raising her niece is the only chance for a child she will ever have. Fulfilling her sister's final wish is more than just moving her's risking her heart. Can their shared love of a child be the common ground these wounded souls need to trust and find love for keeps?

Duty, Honor, Country. Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. 
- Douglas MacArthur

Witek crafts a heartwarming story of two strangers working together to parent the baby left to their guardianship.  Max Hamilton left the Army to preserve his family's land after his brother's death, not realizing that his brother also fathered a daughter.   He is suspicious of Chelsea Stevens when she arrives on his doorstep with his niece, concerned that Chelsea is only interested in claiming his niece's inheritance.   Yet he softens his heart to both of them when Chelsea reveals her sister wanted her daughter to know the Hamiliton Family and Destiny Falls.  

I appreciate Witek giving readers a glimpse of "coming home" for military heroes.  Max joined the Army to escape his own pain, only to return to added burdens that he ultimately embraces - his sister, his niece, and his growing attraction to Chelsea.   DADDY WEARS DOG TAGS is a quick read that will leave readers proud of military personnel who come home.

I received a print copy from Barbara for my honest review.

I am giving away a patriotic prize package to one randomly selected commenter.  To enter the giveaway,

1.  Leave a comment about the American Flag - what does it mean to you?

For our international readers, what does your country's flag mean to you?

2.  Comments are open through Saturday, June 21, 10 pm in Baltimore.  

3.  I'll post the winner on Sunday, June 22.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

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  1. To me the American flag means freedom and I love to see it flown.

    Marcy Shuler

  2. The Australian flag means home to me. It doesn't get any better than that.

  3. It means freedom and pride to me.

  4. The American flag means so much to me that I can express it in words.

  5. The American flag for me stands for freedom.....I can not express in words what the flag means to me. Except to thank all the men and women who died for our flad.

  6. Many thanks to all those who have served and are serving in the Army. Happy birthday.

    The US flag is linked in my mind to those oppressed to whom over the years the flag has offered hope of a better life.

  7. Love that cover. Today is husband's 69th bday! My deepest thank you to all who served, are still serving and to all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and to all the military families for your sacrifices too.

    The flag represents freedom to me and reminds me of all those who do not have freedom.


  8. The American flag to me means freedom, home, a place that I am proud to be a part of.
    Love the sound of this book! Adding it to my TBR.

  9. Oh, and Happy Birthday, Army!!

  10. It is the symbol of our country.

  11. Freedom, sacrifice, Kimh