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Cover design by Shipwreckt Books

Settling lies close to the author’s heart. Fiction based strongly on the lives of real people the author has known and loved over the course of sixty-five years, Settling is comprised of 100 short episodes, Snippets of Life. The tale begins in 1921, providing glimpses of post-WWII England and America as the narrative winds its way to the present day.


Like those “camera flash” moments that stand out in a memory, Settling illuminates multiple family stories that entwine in an Anglo-American epic of great passion and evolving wisdom. Repeatedly tempted by Settling for life imagined, as in love is so sweet, the central characters ultimately accept Settling because it is the right thing to do after all. Much of Settling, Section One, follows the famous 78th Lightning Division as it fights its way across WWII Germany.


The mettle of one central character, Laverne, a medic in the 311th Timberwolves Regiment, is tested during the battle for the Bridge at Remagen. After the War, in 1945, during the occupation, the Timberwolves are stationed in the small town of Grebenstein. Combat-weary Laverne falls in love with a young local woman named Erika. Fraternization is strictly prohibited and marriage is not allowed, yet a mid-Century baby is on the way…


"Highly readable, and well crafted. One can read any number of books, missing "Settling" would be a mistake. The mind, spirit and values that DJ reveals in her first book reflect the person I’ve known and respected since 1966." - Dr. Bill Hendricks, Overland Park, KS.

"Excellent book, I couldn't put it down until I finished reading in [its] entirety!! I love the idea of little snippets of the character's lives. I got to the end of the book and was left wanting more! Great job of intertwining the idea of "settling" into each of the character's lives. I can't wait to read any future books written by Deborah Williams Smith." - Dawn L. - New Orleans, LA.
"I am so excited to bring out this book, honoring the Greatest Generation, those who fought in WWII and how the Great War changed so many lives" - Deborah Williams Smith, author.


Settling - 100 Snippets of Life from a Mid-Century Woman published by Lost Lake Folk Art/Shipwreckt Books Publishing Company - ISBN/EAN13:0990762262 / 9780990762263

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