IF I HAD MY WAY
The illogical logic of relationships and the threat of war in a small citrus town in 1940s Florida.
Florida, 1945. A young woman, educated in the North, reluctantly returns to her childhood home to care for her ailing mother. Finding herself in the same citrus farm kitchen that her mother toiled in all her life, she resents every aspect of her situation, rejecting friendship and suitors, until her abrasive and bitter attitude is broken by a person she considered invisible; the Italian POW brought to the ranch as replacement help.
Using lessons learned in his own mother's kitchen, he reminds her of the beauty of food, and teaches her to value things within her grasp as the world outside grows uglier. And then the citrus groves bloom, and during one magical, perfume-filled night, every relationship in the house changes.
Based on the history of Central Florida using little-known facts about Italian POW camps in the Orlando/Kissimmee area.