Wednesday, May 23, 2012
My time In Europe by Stephanie Burkhart
I knew when I was teenager I wanted to see the world as a young adult, so I joined the Army at 18. I signed up to become an MP (military police) and I did my basic and MP training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama. I loved Alabama. I was there from July-November 1986. In December, I was on the plane to Germany.
Silly me – on my first paycheck in Germany I received $8.00 for COLA. Heck, I thought they were giving me money to buy cokes. My sergeant told me COLA was Cost of Living Allowance. Go figure.
I loved my time in Germany and had a chance to visit several countries including the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Hungary, Austria, and Denmark. In fact, I was married in Nykobig, Denmark.
In 1997, I had a chance to visit Poland on a USO tour. I remember it was a a town near the German border and there was a pottery factory in the town which was famous. The pottery was all hand crafted, with white and blue motifs. I remember seeing above ground gas pipes and several horse and buggy carriages carrying coal. The trip only lasted a day, but I was grateful for the opportunity.
My travels while stationed overseas in the Army have inspired my international settings. I haven't been to Warsaw, Poland, so I took some fictional liberties with the setting. The National Stadium is a real place and currently under construction. It's going to be a 56,000 seat soccer stadium. In "A Polish Heart," Darrin Riverton is an American architect hired to look over the designs and construction of the stadium. Darrin looks upon his trip to Poland as an adventure. He's a "the glass is half-full kinda' guy," but it's Sofia, his interpreter, who really helps him find his heart.
"A Polish Heart" is a 99 cent story with a "sweet" contemporary international setting. Can Sofia's faith give Darrin his heart back?
Question for you: What country would you like to visit that you haven't been to?
ENJOY THIS EXCERPT:
Sofia pulled up to the front of the hotel and put the car in park. Darrin turned to face her. The fringes of her lashes cast shadows on her cheeks, softening her expression. He reached out and gently took her hand in his. Her touch sent warm tendrils of desire through him. With the other hand, he cupped her cheek. She closed her eyes, and drew in a sharp breath before opening them again.
Lightly, he rubbed his thumb against her jaw.
"May I kiss you?" His voice was low and husky.
He leaned forward, his lips feather light, touching hers with tantalizing persuasion until she opened up to him. He kept the kiss slow, thoughtful, enjoying the hints of berries and currants that lingered from the malbec. He pulled away gently.
"That was nice," she whispered.
"Call me tomorrow."
Darrin opened the door and stepped out. He waved to Sofia and she waved back as she drove away.
5 Stars, Joy Cagil, Amazon Reader
Darrin, on the other hand, is much impressed with Poland and everything Sofia is part of. Luckily, the Almighty seems to have a hand in this simple, straight, and heart-warming tale of romance, to make the reader feel satisfied with the ending.
5 Stars, Vikki McCombie, Amazon Reader
This is an excellent read. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
5 Stars, Maggie Toussaint, Author of "Muddy Waters" and "Murder in the Buff: It was refreshing to read a sweet romance. I particularly enjoyed the international setting.
5 Stars, Carolyn Smith
Stephanie Burkhart writes a sweet romance filled with heartwarming details. Through her writing, the reader sees the important aspects of any life. At the end of this book, I was left with a happy smile and a sigh of contentment. I'll certainly be reading more of this author's books!
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