The Home Front
a novel by D.W. Hanneken
Historical Fiction - Romance - WWII
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Set in rural Wisconsin during 1944-1945, this story centers around Maggie Wentworth, a wife, mother and farmer who struggles to keep her life in balance after her physically abusive husband enlists in the Army and is shipped to Europe during WWII. On one hand, she’s happy he left. On the other, she has to deal with the challenges of an aging father, a young son, and the temptation of an attractive German POW who is harvesting apples on her farm.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
DW Hanneken has been telling stories for most of his 25+ year career. However, most of those stories were commonly shared in thirty-second increments, as he wrote countless award-winning television commercials in the ad business. In DW's debut novel The Home Front, he gets to paint on a larger canvas which allows for deep character development, picturesque rural landscapes, and up-tempo dialogue that propels the story forward-sometimes with a laugh, sometimes with tear, but always in a true and honest fashion.
"With The Home Front, DW Hanneken explores that missing chapter from The Good War in a novel set in rural Wisconsin. He doesn’t ‘pretty up’ the life of Maggie, a farm wife whose abusive husband signed up for the Army, but delves into anxieties that remain relevant today. Maggie balances caring for her child and elderly parent with confronting a marriage deflated and the attraction of another man—a German prisoner helping with the harvest. The details of 1940s farm life are vivid enough for a Hollywood screenplay.” – Dave Luhrssen, Shepherd Express
"The twists, turns and surprises keep the story fresh. Beautifully written-a page turner!" -Pam Ferderbar, Huffington Post
"And engaging tale...A variety of tensions keep the engrossing narrative moving." -Kirkus Reviews
"It touches the emotions at every level. A must read." -Pamela Ford, Award-Winning Author
"Perfectly paced and so real, I could feel the mud on my shoes." -Brad Hicks, Emmy-Winning Journalist
"This book grabs you and draws you in from the start. Breathtaking imagery and compelling characters . . . a tale of intrigue and suspense. A wonderful debut." -Jim Palmer, Milwaukee Magazine Contributor
"A gripping tale." -Bobby Tanzilo, OnMilwaukee.com