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Sherry Derr Wille
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Vietnam took Jerry Fellows away from Minter, WI and returned him in a body bag. Thirty-five years later Matt Bratzman begins to remember a life he lived before he went to Vietnam. In that life he was Jerry Fellows. When DNA testing proves he isn’t Matt, he returns to Minter to find out the truth about who is buried in the grave with the name Jerry Fellows on the marker?
Thirty-five years ago, on Christmas Eve, Betsy Connor received a call telling her that her husband was dead. Now widowed for a second time, she receives a Christmas Eve call from the man who was her first love. Can it be possible or is it a clever con game?
Artillery shells exploded over the heads of the two men lying in the trench soaked in mud mixed with blood from both bodies.
“I’ve found two more over here,” he heard someone say.
“My God, this is one hell of a mess,” a second man said. “How are we going to tell which one is which? Even if there was someone from their company left, they’d never be able to identify them.”
“What about their dog tags?”
“They’ve been blown off. We’ll just have to put names to them and hope we’re right.”
“Since they’re both dead, it won’t matter.”
“Holy shit, this one is still alive. I sure as hell hope we’ve put the right name with the right man.”
~ * ~
“NO!” Matt screamed. His shouts shattered the dream he’d experienced so often over the past thirty-four years.
Why? Why did I have to have the dream tonight, on the eve of Donna’s funeral? he silently questioned.
“Are you all right, Daddy?” his daughter, Chrissie, asked as she entered his room.
“I’m fine, honey. It was just a nightmare.”
“The Vietnam one?” Chrissie questioned.
Matt nodded. “How did you know?”
“I’ve always known, Daddy. Mom told Kevin and me about your nightmares years ago. Do you want to talk about it?”
Matt could see her as a little girl who came into their room when she’d had a nightmare. The difference was that, now, he was the one with a bad dream, and this beautiful young woman was at his side to dissolve the terror.
“What’s the dream about?” she probed, sitting beside him on the queen sized bed.
Matt took a deep breath. “You know I have no memory of my life before the war. My life began after I woke up in the hospital. That was where they told me who I was. After that, I went through a lot of surgery.”
“What does that have to do with the dream?”
“The dream is about what happened before I woke up. In it, I’m in a firefight with my friend. We’re both so badly wounded that, when it’s all over, they can’t identify us. Even our dog tags are blown off. What if I’m not Matt Bratzman? What if I’m someone else?”
“It’s only a dream, Daddy. Things like that don’t happen.”
Mild Mannered receptionist, wife, mother and grandmother by day, Sherry Derr-Wille spends her nights writing and writing and writing. Having been inspired by an English assignment in her sophomore year of high school, she had never quite finished the assignment. New stories pop into her head every day with never enough time to write them all.
A Wisconsin native, she grew up a country girl, but enjoys her “city” home. She and her husband of over 40 years, Bob, live in a mid-sized town close to the Illinois border, where she works as a receptionist for an insurance office and he is retired. Deeming Bob “A Saint” for putting up with her, she has never regretted marrying her high school sweetheart just two days after graduation in 1964.
Becky's Rebel: Ms. Derr-Wille brings the spirit of understanding the plight of the Civil War survivors. Becky Larson and her Rebel, Joe Kemmerman, reminds us that love and faith overcome all obstacles. A must read for those who still need to understand there is no different in the hearts of people, North or South. Becky’s Rebel will make you laugh, shed a tear or two and have you falling in love, once again, with a time and it’s people that is uniquely America’s ... the Civil War era. -- Debbie Fritter – The Perfect Match – Whippoorwill Press
Hello Do You Know Me is a wonderful heart-warming love story. It touches your heart from the very beginning. It has everything that makes you turn the pages. Matt Bratzman has lived another man’s life for thirty-five years. Betsy Connor is a widow again. Now out of the blue her first love is back from the grave. But it can't be. Jerry Fellows was killed in Viet Nam. Sherry Derr Wille’s characters are real and you find yourself cheering for them and wanting them to find a happy-ever-after. If you like stories that grab a hold of your heart and don’t let go. You'll love this one. Along the way there is some humor and tears and love that survived through time. There were many tragedies out of the Viet Nam War but thanks to Ms. Wille this one had a happy ending.-- Judy Leigh Peters, A Father’s Hope, Joshua’s Faith, http://www.judyleighpeters.com
Book Publisher: Wings e Press
No. of Pages: 236
Paper Weight (lb): 10.2