Jenkintown Library and Capricorn Books to host local author’s book release on Friday

Jenkintown Library and Capricorn Books will host a book release for Ella’s War by debut local author, Rusty Allen on Friday, June 2 at 6:30pm.

The event will include a Q&A, a reading, and a chance to get a signed copy of the book.

To reserve a spot, you can visit the Eventbrite listing here.


It’s 1943 on the American home front, and Ella’s pent-up, common-law husband finally decides to leave their farm and enlist. Ella must either depart their seafaring town in coastal Delaware to pursue other dreams inland or

try to save their farm. Their grade-school son, Reese, won’t budge, and Ella sees that farmers have a patriotic duty to stay on the land.

The bay and ocean waters before them have been preyed upon by German U-boats, and their village has become a refuge for survivors. When an officer from a surrendered German submarine is sent to her as part of POW farm labor, can Ella embrace the help in order to survive? And what happens when Dieter becomes more than a hand to her, amidst prying eyes and under her beloved but conflicted son’s watch? How will she choose when her explosive husband returns from Europe wounded from infantry duty against the Germans?

In Ella’s War, we travel a journey amongst women and men whose lives are deeply altered by the circumstances of WWII. What heroic or questionable choices must they make to be true to themselves and come through the great conflict?

“Beautifully wrought, heart stopping, spirit lifting… What a human brew!” — Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Hope in the Unseen

“[An] exciting and romantic novel…with deeply sympathetic characters, emotional challenges, and high-risk mortal consequences…[a] superb and compelling tale.” — Steven Hartov, NYT bestselling author of The Last of the Seven and The Soul of a Thief


Rusty studied creative writing at the University of Virginia and has been a full-time freelance writer for most of his career. He owns The Writers Studio, a marketing/copywriting practice located just outside of Philadelphia. He led the Advanced Novel Writing Group at the Writers Room/Writers Corner, a writers co-op in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Rebel Writers, a highly select novelist critique group that was highlighted in Writer’s Digest in the article “Plotting a Novel Group”. Rusty’s work has been published in literary journals, including Neshaminy.

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