Then I Met You


2015 International Digital Awards, Historical Novel, Third Place Winner


 2013 Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, Unpublished Historical 

         Mystery/Suspense, First Place Winner              


"Deborah C. Wilding's historical novel, Then I Met You, is a compelling

and suspenseful story that will resonate with romantics and history buffs

alike."--Reader's Favorite Book Reviews


"Wilding had my attention from the first notation--November 1941, Honolulu--

and held my attention until the last beautifully written line. Then I Met You 

has it all--mystery, romance, and historical accuracy to compelling that the

reader is easily transported back in time; the events surrounding the bombing

of Pearl Harbor are seamlessly interwoven and the interracial love story

handled with aplomb."--The Book Breeze Reviews 


         Welcome! Step back in time to 1941.

"Hawaii Calls" is broadcasting from the courtyard of the Moana Hotel

and Plumeria lei's perfume the evening air. But all is not what it seems.

And the course of history is about to change--for Hawaii and the

entire world. 


     Impoverished Honolulu heiress Merrylei Wentworth has two big

problems in her life.

     First, mysterious prowlers keep vandalizing the ancestral mansion                                                       

she's determined to renovate as a guesthouse.                                                                               

     Second, enigmatic Japanese American architect Jamison Sumida                               

raises her suspicions when he offers assistance if she'll sell him one of her

late mother's paintings. 

   Conscious of his immigrant background, Jamison isn't attracted to

the feisty independent Merrylei. She's wary of his motives--why is he

interested in an unknown artist? But she's haunted by a compelling and

seductive sense of deja vu when they're together. As they are drawn

deeper into the mystery of the painting--The King's Crown--with its

clues to missing jewels of the Hawaiian monarchy, long-hidden family

secrets are revealed. All the while their attraction to each other deepens--

until the attack on Pearl Harbor tears their lives apart.


                  Historical Fiction Author and Golden Heart Finalist