Spotlight on Ella's War, a new release from author Rusty Allen and Vine Leaves Press


Congratulations to Rusty Allen and Vine Leaves Press on the release of Ella's War, a journey amongst women and men whose lives are deeply altered by the circumstances of WWII. 

"An extraordinary, rewarding read.” ~Chris Bauer, author of Jane’s Baby

Ella's War by Rusty Allen

NEW RELEASE: May 23, 2023
Genre: Historical Fiction
From $5.99  

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?
Praise for Ella's War

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

“A dramatic, beautiful time and place…revealing storytelling. An extraordinary, rewarding read.” ~Chris Bauer, author of Jane’s Baby

“Gritty and sensitive—a story that is thought-provoking and will satisfy.” ~Stacy Creamer, editor, publishing veteran

"With deeply sympathetic characters, emotional challenges, and high-risk mortal consequences…superb and compelling tale.” ~Steven Hartov, New York Times bestselling author

About the Author
Rusty Allen 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." Learn more at
About the Publisher
Vine Leaves Press likes to blur the line between commercial and experimental works. They publish book-length vignette collections, writing reference books, short story collections, memoir/autobiography, and character-driven novels with a literary bent.​ Subscribe to the Vine Leaves Press newsletter to receive FREE advanced review copies of upcoming new releases, news about their authors and subscribers, and/or to read the monthly opinion column, SPILL IT! or a daily dose of 50-word stories. Learn more at

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