A War of Her Own

A War of Her Own, by Sylvia Dickey Smith

A War of Her Own
by Sylvia Dickey Smith
Crickhollow Books • 2010
Softcover • $16.95 • 276 pages
eBook • $4.99
Historical Fiction / World War II (Homefront)

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World War II (Homefront) • Historical Novel
Women’s Fiction • Regional Fiction/Southwest (Texas & Louisiana)
Women in the Workplace • Rosie the Riveter

$16.95 softcover  • ISBN 978-1-933987-11-8
$4.99 eBook • 978-1-883953-56-0

Best Novel of the Year – Press Women of Texas

Best Novel of the Year, 2nd Place Award  – National Federation of Press Women

“A well-written book.” – Dallas Morning News

Bea Meade is a spunky heroine who, after a rocky start, takes charge of her own life in defiance of family secrets and the exigencies of war.” – Carola Dunn, bestselling author of the Daisy Dalrymple and Cornish mystery series

“Smith writes with a descriptive power that makes you feel you’re among the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone Texas.” – Galveston Daily News

A fine tale of the struggle of women during World War II.” – Midwest Book Review


In this historical novel by Sylvia Dickey Smith, readers will enjoy the captivating tale of Bea Meade, young mother and lady riveter, and the challenges she faces on the homefront working on the Texas/Louisiana border in a booming shipyard.

A War of Her Own is set in the summer of 1943 in Orange, Texas, a sleepy little town overrun with tens of thousands of new workers. With jobs galore at the wartime shipyards, the workers are rich with cash, eager for excitement, and looking for a good time.

In the midst of this, Bea Meade, mother of an infant son, finds her life shattered when her philandering husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. To make ends meet, Bea takes a job at one of the shipyards as a riveter.

Life is good for ’most everyone in Orange – except Bea, who has to fight her battles against a no-good husband, the prejudice facing women in the workplace, and the mysteries of her past that keep her awake at night.

A War of Her Own offers a story of wartime passions on the World War II homefront as Bea seeks to discover who she really is.


Sylvia Dickey Smith was born in Orange, Texas, and lived there through her high school years. She now lives near Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas. She is also the author of a popular mystery series featuring Sidra Smart, private eye, set in the borderlands where Texas and Louisiana meet.