Dream of Her Heart

Is there room for love in a time of war?

Days before he must ship out to prepare for a dangerous mission in the Pacific, Lieutenant Zane West crosses Oregon to see a good friend who has been wounded in action. He arrives at the veteran’s hospital, only to discover the army captain has disappeared without a trace. As Zane searches for answers, he finds himself captivated by a beautiful and spunky nurse who offers her help. Is she the key to his future, or an unwelcome distraction from his important wartime mission?

Nurse Billie Brighton puts her heart and boundless energy into caring for wounded soldiers, but she vowed long ago never to let one of the dashing rogues turn her head. That is, until a handsome lieutenant arrives seeking his missing friend. Thoroughly enchanted, she can’t help but break her own rules. Has she finally found the love she secretly longs for, or is she headed for heartbreak?

Step back in time to 1942 with a sweet, charming World War II romance full of history, heart, and a happily ever after.

2019 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner

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Praise for Dream of Her Heart

“This is a beautiful story with sophisticated characters; a wartime romance that explores the hearts of two powerful characters. Shanna Hatfield reminds readers of the power of love and infuses the writing with great realism. Readers experience the emotional tension, the feelings of the characters, and their humanity. From the descriptions of the scenic views to the solitude of the sick to the fusion of hearts, the author keeps it real, evoking powerful feelings in readers. Dream of Her Heart should be read with the heart and I loved the strong voice, the elaborately developed characters, and the plot points. The premise is strong — a man looking for his friend and discovering that he has disappeared. While the plot is fairly simple, the author builds on the emotional part of the story, creating characters that win the hearts of readers. Great writing, a compelling narrative voice, and memorable characters.”

Christian Sia, Readers’ Favorite


“This outstanding story set against the background of World War II will make you laugh, cry, and sigh, while drawing you into the swoon-worthy romance.”

Amazon Reviewer

“The historical references are so spot on and place us right there. The characters are so real and breathe life into every page… This one is written so masterfully with the characteristic humor only Shanna can provide. Five stars is not enough.”

Amazon Reviewer

“The characters jumped off the page and the settings were vividly described. I felt like I was inside the story watching everything happen around me. I loved Billie and Zane!! Billie’s ability to lift the spirits of everyone around her was inspiring. I loved the loyalty and love she was given in return. Zane is determined and dedicated. He is a fighter. I loved seeing the brotherhood among the soldiers and the strength that brought them. Zane is also quite the romantic. There are so many swoony moments thanks to him! *sigh* He and Billie are perfect together. I loved watching their relationship deepen and grow. Their story touched my heart in so many ways. It will stay with me for quite awhile!”

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Regardless of the location, it seemed hospitals all smelled the same. He’d spent a few weeks in one when he’d injured his leg and couldn’t wait to get out. Considering the months Rock had been a patient, he couldn’t even begin to think about how much his friend must want to leave.

He walked up to the nurse’s station and waited. The nurse had her back to him, jotting down notes on a chart. The woman was short in stature, but plenty of curves were evident beneath her uniform. Hair the color of summer wheat coiled into curls at the back of her head and around the edges of her nurse’s cap.

A slight whiff of perfume, one he recognized as a popular choice among the females he’d been around the last few years, tickled his nose. On this woman, though, it held a deeper, richer fragrance of spices flirting with citrus-infused bouquets. If he had plans to be in town more than a few days, he might even ask the woman on a date. As it was, he tried to keep from being distracted by females. Married to his career and dedicated to serving in the war, he didn’t have time left over for courting.

Impatient to see Rock, Zane cleared his throat. The woman spun around, stealing his breath as his gaze collided with hers. Big green eyes the color of moss glimmered behind thick lashes. A pert little nose and pink lips added to the flawlessness of her face. She might not be any bigger than a minute, but the nurse was stunning. If she hadn’t been wearing a crisp, white uniform, he might have taken her for a pin-up girl.

When she smiled at him, he felt his mouth stretch into a broad grin. “Howdy, miss.”

“Howdy yourself,” she said, cocking an eyebrow. “May I help you?”

A dozen various lines guaranteed to earn him a smack across the face floated through his mind, but he merely snatched the hat off his head and nodded. “I sure hope you can.

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