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2013 Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence, Unpublished Historical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
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.
DEBORAH C. WILDING
Historical Fiction Author and Golden Heart Finalist