NC Literary Hall of Fame














Legacy of Honor Volume One: Giulia Goes to War by Joan Leotta

Desert Breeze Publishing
$3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-61252-196-1
July, 2012
Available from the publisher, Barnes & Noble, or

World War II brought many young women into large cities where they worked at jobs previously held by men. Often the young women lived in rooming houses away from their parents, unheard of for Italian-American girls of the era. Giulia breaks out to work in Wilmington where she is assigned to a special unit in the Wilmington shipyard—one that deals with secret technology to help us win the war.

Her cousin Carmie and friend Helen introduce her to another world she has never seen—dances. At the USO, Giulia meets John O'Shea, a handsome but non-Italian officer. Their romance, fueled by the war's exigencies and the capture of a spy who threatens the secret work of the shipyard brings Giulia to another crossroads in her life. She must choose between obeying her parents decree that she marry only another Italian, or marrying the man she loves.

The story is full of details about life on the home front in World War II and is suitable for young adults as well as adult readers.

For more than twenty years, Joan Leotta’s articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers and websites all over the country including the Washington Post, AAA World, Women’s Day, and more. Currently she freelances regularly for the Wilmington Star, Myrtle Beach Sun Times, and She lives in Calabash, NC. Visit her website at and her blog at

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