My Novels

Finding Love in a World at War – That’s what my novels are about. They are love stories set during the Second World War when two people in love had little control over their lives whether in the military or not. They had to enjoy what time they had together and then live on memories and hope.

Scarred Dreams – My Latest Novel – Release Date Dec. 12, 2022

In 1944, a German artillery shell destroyed Milt Greenlee’s future in professional baseball. His hideously scarred face and useless arm require him to relearn and recondition. But no amount of rehab will restore his looks or his self-confidence. There’s no chance a “cripple” like him could catch the eye of the stunning Nurse McEwen.

Army Nurse, Annie McEwen dreams her voice will take her far away from her hateful, overbearing father. She hopes Milt, a patient who fought in Sicily, might be the one who can help her find closure with the death of her cousin.   

As their attraction grows, how can their relationship survive Annie’s fears and Milt’s secret?

A War Apart


Anger at her cheating husband, spurs grieving war widow Rosemary Hopkins to spend an impromptu night with an overseas-bound soldier. Fearing her small hometown would discover her secret, she makes him promise to not write her. Yet, she can’t forget him.

Eager to talk to a pretty girl before shipping out to fight the Germans, Guy Nolan impulsively implies they’re married and buys her ticket. The encounter transforms  into the most memorable night of his life when he falls for a woman he will never see again.

While Guy tries to stay alive in combat, Rosemary finds work in a secret defense plant and a possible future with another soldier. Will she choose security or passion? Can she survive another loss?

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“A lovely war-time romance chronicling love lost and found. You’ll feel like you stepped back in time to the 1940’s.”

                Valerie Bowman, Multi-Published, Award-Winning Historical Romance Author

I thoroughly enjoyed this heartwarming story of life and love during WW2. Guy and Rosemary are well-drawn, endearing characters and I eagerly turned pages, rooting for their happy ending. Ms. Whitaker’s knowledge of history adds depth to every page of A War Apart. A wonderful second book from a talented author. 

                        ~Connie Mann author of the Safe Harbor and Florida Wildlife Warrior series

A sweeping historical saga with a unique, touching love story.

A War Apart, by Barbara Whitaker, is a sweet and refreshingly different historical romance set during WW II. The author weaves in details about the societal norms of that time and the world events of the 1940s in a natural way, transporting the reader back to that era without it feeling like a history lesson. The couple meets early on, then most of the book switches between vignettes of their lives apart, with them not getting back together until near the end. This isn’t the typical formula for a love story, but it works. We feel their love growing for each other through the letters they exchange. And we find ourselves rooting for them to work through their angst and despair and find a way to be together. I read this in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was given an ARC (advance Reader Copy) of this book.

                Lena Diaz, Multi-Published, Award-Winning Romantic Suspense Author

Barbara Whitaker’s A War Apart is a riveting novel set during WWII that has been researched to perfection. Whitaker brings history to life with her incredible descriptions and presents us with an entirely plausible way for two people to find love during such tumultuous times where war has pushed them apart. The letters exchanged between Rosemary and Guy were such a sweet way to watch them fall for one another and made the reunion at the end all the more exciting. This is a fantastic book that will draw you in by the heart and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading!

~Madeline Martin, USA Today Bestselling Author of Scottish Romance


Kitty’s War

My first novel, Kitty’s War, was released December 16, 2016 by the Wild Rose Press. It is available in Kindle format, Print and audio book on Amazon. The ebook is available on Books-a-million, iTunes, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. Print books are also available through San Marco Book and More in Jacksonville, FL. 


Kitty’s War

Seeking adventure, shy Kitty Greenlee joins the Women’s Army Corps. In 1944 England, as secretarial support to the 8th Air Force, she encounters her dream man, a handsome lieutenant who only has eyes for her blonde friend. Uncomfortable around men, Kitty doesn’t think the handsome officer could want someone like her.

Recovering from wounds, Ted Kruger wants to forget about losing his closest friends and have fun before returning to danger as a bomber navigator. When Ted recognizes Kitty as the girl who rescued him two years before, he must choose between dating the sexy blonde or pursuing quiet, serious-minded Kitty even though he knows he’s not nearly good enough for her.

As the war gears up with the D-Day invasion, will Kitty and Ted risk their hearts as well as their lives?

Kitty’s War is also available on Audio Book through Audible.

Anthologies Barbara Contributed To:

Romancing The Holidays Volume Two

In 2021 First Coast Romance Writers published an anthology of short stories. I was pleased to contribute one of the fourteen stories. Romancing the Holidays Volume Two includes stories centered around holidays from Halloween to Valentines. My story is “Thanks for the Doughnuts” set at Thanksgiving, 1944.

Romancing The Holidays Volume Three

Romancing The Holidays Volume Three

First Coast Romance Writers published their third anthology of short stories in 2022. This time the stories were about holidays throughout the year. Wonderful stories fill this volume. I’m sure you will love them and you may find a new author you like.

My story is at St. Patrick’s Day in 1944. It’s titled “A New Life for Dory” and the location is the shipyard in Brunswick, Georgia.