Author Laura S. Wharton Presents Leaving Lukens

Midwest Book Reviews Names Historical Fiction Leaving Lukens Reviewer’s Choice
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Leaving Lukens
Laura Wharton


Durham - North Carolina - US


April 16, 2012 - PRLog -- CONTACT:
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Leaving Lukens, a compelling coming of age tale of intrigue, adventure, and historical fiction set in 1942 around North Carolina’s coastal regions near New Bern, Ocracoke, and Oriental has been named Reviewer’s Choice by the prestigious The Midwest Book Review. The novel is North Carolina author Laura S. Wharton’s second work of historical fiction.

Sandra Heptinstall, reviewer for The Midwest Book Review organization who chose the book as Reviewer’s Choice, said the ending of Leaving Lukens blew her away. “I have read Ms. Wharton’s first book, The Pirate's Bastard. I did enjoy it a lot. Yet, as I began to read this book, I found she was not just a onetime author. In fact I enjoyed this book even more than the first. I loved the characters in this book and the way, Ms. Wharton has created them. The flow of the story is excellent and l did not find even one page or paragraph that was boring. You are captured from the start. The book starts on May 2000 at a reunion and then goes back to WWII. There we find adventure, love and intrigue. The ending blew me away. I had to read it twice and then it hit me. (It was a slap me silly moment for me.) Just one sentence told me what I longed to hear. I did not want this story to end. Nor do I think you will either, and that is why I am giving this book a five star rating.”

Since its release in November of 2011, Leaving Lukens has garnered considerable critical acclaim, being hailed as “engrossing in its theme and in its lyrical style” (Literary R&R), “a Five Star Novel” (Fran Lewis, New Year Reviewer), and “an exciting new adventure” by the UNC-Chapel Hill site, Read North Carolina Novels.

About The Book

As friends move from the safe enclave of Lukens that has always been her home, Ella Marie Hutchins struggles with the decision to leave the disappearing coastal town near Oriental. Her choice might be made for her when World War II edges closer to the North Carolina village, but not before a visiting sailor named Griff teaches her how to see anew all the treasures of life both above and below the ocean’s surface. Is Griff really what he appears to be?

Leaving Lukens (ISBN: 978-0-9837148-0-4; $20 paperback, $6.39 eBook) is available from retail outlets and online booksellers in print and digital format.

About The Author

Laura S. Wharton lives with her husband and son in North Carolina. She is the author of the 2011 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction nominee, The Pirate’s Bastard, which was released in 2010. Over 500 of her feature-length articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers.

Wharton is also the author of the Mystery at the Lake House series. She wrote the first title, Monsters Below, with her 10-year-old son. The first in the series written for children ages 7-12 is now available at fine brick-and-mortar retailers and booksellers online. A second children’s book, Mystery at the Phoenix Festival, is coming in May 2012. Read about the series at

To learn more about Laura S. Wharton and her books, visit

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