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Itâs 1942, almost a year since the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, and the residents of the small town of Elderberry, Georgia, have been rattled down to their worn, rationed shoes. For young teacher Charlie Carr, life and love arenât going exactly as plannedâher head dictates loyalty to the handsome corpsman, Hugh, but whenever she thinks of her best friendâs beau, Will, her heart does the Jersey Bounce. Charlie is doubly troubled by the disappearance of beloved schoolmistress Miss Dimple Kilpatrick one frosty November morning just before Thanksgiving. Miss Dimple, who has taught the townâs first gradersâincluding Charlieâfor almost forty years, would never just skip town in the middle of the school year, and Charlie and her best friend, Annie, are determined to prove it.