Bobbie Rycroft is now Annie Ashley, adored daughter of Alan and Lenore Ashley, recipient of life’s best, including private schools and a college education at Vassar, and the prospect of profitable employment. But deep inside she is still Bobbie, still Albert Rycroft’s ‘shining star’, and she both loves and hates him for abandoning her not once but twice.
In 1940, the economy of the country is improving, but the clouds of war already descending on Europe and Asia are drifting toward the United States. On a visit to a shipyard recently acquired by Ashley Enterprises, Annie meets David Levinson and pronounces him arrogant, condescending, and rude. He calls her a little debutante. But it is their mutual and unexpected connection to Albert Rycroft in years past that concerns her.
Against her better judgment, she allows David to pursue her and marries him ten days before he’s shipped overseas. Captured by the Germans and suspected of being a spy because he speaks their language, he spends the rest of the war in a concentration camp and comes home with a new appreciation of his Jewish heritage. He’s determined to go back and find any survivors of his European family, but Annie doesn’t share his zeal.
Their long-distance marriage is tested further when David decides to immigrate to Palestine and be part of bringing the new state of Israel into being. Alan and Lenore orchestrate a reunion for Annie and David as part of their own twenty-fifth anniversary trip to Europe. When unimaginable tragedy strikes their carefree holiday, Annie struggles to pick up the pieces of her shattered life—and feels David is unwilling to help her.
Then he appears again bringing Annie a message and a ‘gift’ from the father she hasn’t seen in twenty-five years. Her first instincts are to reject both, but when he gives her glimpses into the reason her long-dead grandfather pursued her—and why others are now determined to have what she doesn’t even realize she possesses, violence erupts and threatens to tear three lives apart one more time.
Finding Papa’s Shining Star encompasses romance, mystery, and lessons in history from World War II and its aftermath, particularly the birth of Israel in 1948.