Thursday, October 15, 2020

My Story BEFORE The Story ~ Josephine Nimetz ~ UNTIL JUNE by Barbara M. Britton

September 1, 1918 ~ I’m the youngest daughter of the best seamstress in Juneau, Alaska. At least my mother was the best dress designer until her fingers cramped from arthritis. Now, I intend to keep her business going, but with the invention of mail-order clothing, our customers are dwindling. Drat to the dresses in Mr. Rickteroff’s store.

My name is Josephine Nimetz. I’m a pioneer of sorts living in a land of claim jumpers, miners, and bears. You would think living in a remote location would keep me from hearing about the war and pandemics, but the newspaper still reports on battles and sickness. They say the influenza is coming to Alaska. I’d better eat well and avoid the cold winds.

September 20, 1918 ~ I never thought there could be a place more remote than Juneau, but I’m about to settle on an island, in a lodge, with my best customer’s son. Mrs. Chambers is a sweet, rich lady. Her stepson Geoff Chambers is not sweet. He’s the most sour person I have met, but he is a veteran and I can’t imagine the pain of losing both my legs in battle. My mother is ornery sometimes when her asthma flares at night. Geoff Chambers couldn’t be much worse to comfort. Doctor Miller has given me a list of instructions to follow regarding Geoff’s care. Everyone thinks I can do this job. Everyone that is except me. Well, it’s only until June. The influenza should be gone by then, and my life can get back to normal by summer.

November 20, 1918 ~ Wrong. I was wrong about so many things. Morphine addiction is not arthritis. Ghosts from war arrive at the lodge during the night. I try to scare them away, but Geoff is in a distant land fighting Germans when he sleeps, and he doesn’t boss the memories away.
I did what I could to make the situation better. It was reckless and I didn’t think it through, but God made it work somehow. God has a way of doing that, giving me the help that I need when it’s critical.
I only have to take care of Geoff until June. I can do this job. I have to, for the money, and for my family.

June 1, 1919 ~ It’s June. Geoff and I have a few more weeks together. I never thought I would say this, but I don’t want to leave the lodge. In truth, I don’t want to leave him. How did Geoff get lodged in my heart? 

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My Story Title:  Until June

My Story Genre:  Historical Christian Fiction

My Story Released:  e-book release - June 12, 2020, Paperback release - August 1, 2020

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The Author of My Story:    Barbara M. Britton

Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She is published in Biblical fiction and enjoys bringing little-known Bible characters to light in her stories. Look for Barb to venture into Christian Historical fiction in 2020 with “Until June.” She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America, and Wisconsin Romance Writers of America. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.

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Get Connected:

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WHERE can the book be purchased?

  • Amazon
  • Barnes and Noble
  • And wherever books are sold.
  • Be sure to ask your library to obtain a copy of "Until June" as well.

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The author will be honored to gift a winner either an e-book copy or for U.S. residents only,  a signed copy of
Until June.

Without an email address, we cannot inform the winner!
You may private message your email to me at, letting me know you've left a comment, if you're uncomfortable leaving it here in the comments.



Barbara Britton said...

Thank you for having me back on the blog, Joy!

Christine Indorf said...

Hi Barbara you know me! I just love your books and would love to win to finally have a sighed copy of your work. With all wonderful books I think Until June is my favorite. The struggle, and their growing love for each other is inspiring. Hope I win but I am glad to say I have the gift to know your wonderful writing!! said...

So good to have more of your characters here, Barbara!

Enjoy the week at journeystojoy!

Hugs, said...


Such fun doing a drawing! Check out the other posts that authors have written, introducing characters and how their stories actually began BEFORE The Story!

Thank you for stopping by!


Barbara Britton said...

You are such a blessing, Christine. You always make my day with your kind words. Thanks for joining us.

Naomi C said...

Such a good interview with josephine! Looks like a great book!

Barbara Britton said...

Hi Naomi! Thanks for joining us. I like to see familiar names.

Natalya Lakhno said...

It's a great story <3 really enjoyed it!!!

Emma Turner said...

I would love to join! My email is

Barbara Britton said...

Hi Natalya! You are such a sweetie. Thanks for joining us.

And Emma, thank you for reading my post. Geoff and Josephine are some of my favorite characters.

Paula Shreckhise said...

I have read Barbara’s books before! Stunning. This one looks soooo interesting!
Looks like I need to sign up for this book blog! said...

Paula, there are all different genres represented in this blog.

Characters from all walks and eras show up.

I'd love to have you visit each week or as you can... nearly every author gifts a book for a drawing on Wednesday nights!


Barbara Britton said...

Hi Paula,

Thank you for the kind words about my books. I'm happy you joined us.

Pamela S Thibodeaux said...

Oh my, EXCELLENT excerpts!
Good luck and God's blessings

Barbara Britton said...

Thank you for your encouragement, Pam. I appreciate you joining us.

Marilyn R. said...

Until June sounds like a great read. Geoff's behavior will resonant as current PTSD, I believe. Thank you for sharing about Josephine's story. The winner will have a wonderful story to read. : )
marilynridgway78 [at]gmail{dot}com

Barbara Britton said...

Thank you, Marilyn. Geoff is shell shocked which is what they call PTSD today.
I hope readers will experience Geoff's recovery in a special way. Thanks for joining us.

Carol James said...

Barbara, I loved the little snippets of Josephine and Geoff’s story! Thanks for sharing.

Barbara Britton said...

Thanks so much, Carol. I appreciate you stopping by.

Karen Malley said...

Having read Until June, I already know it is a fantastic story. It was fun to read this foray into Josephine's thoughts!

Barbara Britton said...

Thank you for your kind words, Karen. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting, too. said...




Barbara Britton said...

Thank you to all who stopped by. I appreciate your comments.
Congratulations, Naomi.