Author: Nancy Singletary
It’s a Sin to Be Boring is a biographical-historical fiction that unravels the complexity of a family, where the actions of one touch the lives of others. The main character, Rebelle Palatine, born in Ohio, marries her high school sweetheart during World War II. While she yearns for the war to be over, she achieves her perfect job—modeling at a major department store in New York City. Only one thing throws a roadblock to her happiness—specifically the Battle of the Bulge. The contemporary political influences that constrain and mold the environment burrow like worms into the everyday workings of life. The family story unfolds. The Progressive movement, a political cancer that eats away at the American dream of liberty and freedom, runs parallel to the actions of those individuals who understand and protect the Constitution. Through the shadows of destruction rises a life of success, self-reliance, responsibility, and love. It’s a Sin to Be Boring opens a window on history and a reminder that actions have consequences.
It’s a Sin to Be Boring is a dramatic, biographical, historical fiction that unravels the complexity of a family where the actions of one touch the lives of others. It follows the tragic romantic life of a beautiful woman born in 1925 in rural Ohio.
The main character, Rebelle Palatine, marries her high-school sweetheart during World War II. She is an interesting character to follow, vivacious and easy to like. Her life is perfect. She has married her perfect match in 1942 just before he ships out aboard the Queen Mary--off to war in Europe. While she yearns for the war to be over she achieves her perfect job modeling at a major department store in New York City. Only one thing throws a roadblock to her happiness--specifically The Battle of The Bulge.
The book includes historical facts about the political times in parallel to the family details. The contemporary political influences that constrain and mold the environment burrow like worms into the everyday workings of life for three generations. The family story unfolds. After three years of waiting for Nelson to return, she has a premonition that he is dead, followed two days later by a phone call from his father who has received a telegram from the War Department. Nelson was killed in an explosion in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium at the same time of her premonition. Rebelle returns to Ohio and embraces the familiar, but all is not right.
Tragedy after Tragedy follow as Rebelle spirals down emotionally making poor choices. She finds herself in failed romances, two divorces, disappointments, adversity, and abuse of tranquilizer drugs. After Rebelle’s death, her daughter Nanette finds a letter in which Rebelle reveals her innermost feelings, explaining her actions. Nanette understands her mother’s life at last.
The Irony is that Nanette now an adult has gained from Rebelle’s adversity and become the successful person Rebelle imagined for her own life in her youth.
Nancy Singletary is the author of the industrial article “What’s the Value of Earned Value” and the editor of Singletary, Herrin: Arthur’s Book. Her extensive experience in project management allowed her to work in several government agencies and business entities on a variety of programs. After retirement, she and her husband moved to Florida, where she has taught in public school and continues to tutor students at her small-town bookstore. In writing this book, she explores her deep interest in history and the analysis of the human condition.
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