NC Literary Hall of Fame



She'd Never Return by Bob Holt

CreateSpace Publishing Platform
$13.95, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-542338295
November, 2017
Fiction: Romance
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JD grew up in rural Duplin County, NC. His first love, Barbara Ann, moved away during his junior year and dropped out of sight.

Joining the Air Force, he found Jaz on Guam and married her. She was half Chamorro. Her father was American. He died in WWII not knowing he was a father. Their daughter, Tori, arrived a year later but SAC kept separating them. Each time he returned, they would ship him out again. His absence ripped their marriage apart and she filed for separation. Mad at the world, he asked and was transferred to Nellis AFB near Las Vegas and Darla entered his life. She warned him not get serious and after two, very happy, and wild years, she left to study at Duke University.

Broken-hearted, he transferred to Hickam AFB in Hawaii and met Lisa. Their happiness knew no bounds until an accident took her away. His life crumbled again.

Despondent and lonely, he transferred to Seymour Johnson AFB near his home hoping to put his life back together again. He’d been in relationship after relationship, but nothing seemed to stick. What was wrong with him?

From out of the blue, Barbara Ann was back for a brief visit wanting to pick up where they’d left off in high school, but Darla was close by and then there was Jaz.

For Tori’s tenth birthday, He invited her, with Jaz chaperoning, to come to America to meet her grandparents. It was the first time he’d seen them in nine years. During their visit, he and Jaz spent two nights together, rekindling a fire that had smoldered for years, while Tori visited her grandparents.

His life remained in a turmoil with Barbara Ann trying desperately to win him back, but Jaz wasn’t giving up without a fight. She had the advantage, their daughter, Tori. She never finalized the divorce and was now an American citizen.

Barbara Ann was his first love and wanted, frantically, to be his last. Becoming a civilian after 20 years in the US Air Force, he had decisions to make. Which way would he go; down Woodland Church Road in Duplin County, or Warner-Robins AFB where Jaz and Tori were waiting?

Bob Holt grew up in rural Duplin County; North Carolina in the 40s and 50s leaving the farm immediately after graduation from high school spending one tour in the USAF. Afterwards, he traveled northeastern North Carolina as a restaurant equipment salesman for over forty years meeting many interesting people. Many traveled like him. Others owned restaurants or were employed by school systems, hospitals, or served on church or club committees. Each had an interesting story to tell. Many were shared with him.

Holt is the author of ten novels and a cookbook.

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