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Episode Info: Sheila Stories #014 -- Battle of the Beaches  In the story Battle of the Beaches, the ambulance drivers in Tamworth follow the news closely as Australian and American forces fight the Japanese on the beaches of New Guinea. Do you love The Sheila Stories? Tell your friends. They can subscribe to the podcast or find the full collection on Amazon US. For those in Australia, click for Amazon here. Other markets? Go to Amazon and type The Sheila Stories by Patrick Kelly into the search bar. Read the story in its entirety without commentary at patrickkellystories.com   About the Storyteller Pat lives in Austin. He likes to cook dinner with his wife, listen to any kind of good music, and take long walks in beautiful places. Pat is the author of four Joe Robbins novels and a college crime story titled Only Yes Means Yes. You can find Pat’s work on Amazon under his author name Patrick Kelly. Learn more about Pat’s writing at his website: https://www.patrickkellystories.com/   About the Sheila Stories If you like historical fiction, World War II novels, adventures that take place in Australia, or a good old-fashioned love story, then The Sheila Stories Podcast is for you. Here is a quick overview:  The framework is a classic story within story: The outer layer is formed by a widower—Thomas—and his two young daughters, Natalie and April. Thomas is concerned because the girls don’t have a strong female figure in their lives, so he starts telling them the Sheila Stories, a series of adventures involving an Australian woman in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s. But Sheila is no ordinary woman. At the age of eighteen, she comes into some money and leaves a comfortable home in Sydney to buy a sheep farm in Queensland. At that’s just the beginning, for during the course of the stories, Sheila Befriends aboriginal farm workers. Learns to shoot a rifle. Almost drowns. Fights dingos and a poisonous snake. Buys a ten thousand acre cattle station. Dances to big band music in Toowoomba. Joins the Australian Women’s Army Service in WW II. Drives an ambulance. Risks her life to save another. Helps disabled servicemen. Marries a soldier. Moves to America. Runs a bed and breakfast in Cape May, New Jersey. Teaches patience to a child. And opens a surf shop.    I invite you to put your cares aside for thirty minutes a week and join me on a great journey. Strike out to find your fortune at the age of eighteen. Fight for a worthy cause. Fall in love. Experience the heartbreak of loss. Laugh. Cry. Feel the salt air on your face as you ride your surfboard on the beaches of Sydney. You'll have the time of your life.  ...
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