Lyncburg native writes book about WWII, parents’ romance

Cover of Robin Traywick Williams’ book titled “The Last Romantic War.” 

Virginia author Robin Traywick Williams (grew up in Lynchburg, MFA from Hollins) has published The Last Romantic War, a narrative work of non-fiction which she spent 20 years researching and writing, that centers on her father’s service in Burma during WWII and her parents’ wartime romance before they were married. 

The book moves back and forth between Lynchburg (where her mother grew up) to Ft. Benning and Cameron, S.C. (where he father grew up), and India and Burma. 

The synopsis is: Reading like a historical novel, this dramatic love story, writ large against the backdrop of World War II, moves colorfully from college dance floors to the training grounds at Ft. Benning and then around the world to the Japanese-held jungles of Burma. Bo Traywick, a dashing Army officer, and Flo Neher, a popular coed, face daunting odds in their quest for love. Burning airplanes, runaway horses, errant hand grenades and a sexy spy hold the reader’s attention from the first page to the last. 

Told with impressive historical accuracy, the book adds a new layer of understanding to the experiences of the Greatest Generation.

Williams balances the personal story of her parents’ meeting, courtship and the epic tale of a war. Flo Neher was a freshman at Hollins College in Virginia when she met U.S. Army Captain H.V. “Bo” Traywick on April Fool’s Day, 1942, on a blind date at Ft. Benning, Ga.

After just a few dates and upon learning that he was being sent to Burma, Bo proposed marriage, which was par for the course for many couples at the time, when soldiers were leaving for war. But something happened, and Flo sent the ring back to him, in the mail. What follows is an incredible narrative of how both Flo and Bo endured the war, at a time when people went by the mantra Live for the day. Live for the moment.

The book is available on Amazon, as well as through the book’s publisher, Dementi Milestone Publishing, and also various bookstores.

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