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Subject: Any books that take place in the forties?
Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:03 PM ET
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I'm curious, are there any good romance novels that take place in the forties? WWII-type era? Just wanted to ask around :) (I know that bits of Outlander do, but I read part of it and wasn't too impressed.)

If anyone could give me any recommendations, that would be wonderful!

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One of the best romance novels of any period. http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780399134135-Morning+Glory

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:31 PM ET
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Blood Moon Over Britain and Blood Moon Over Bengal by Morag McKendrick Pippin-although don't quote me on the authors name.  I haven't read these yet but I beleive they are WWII era. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 8:51 PM ET
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Before the Dawn by Lisa Gregory and The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 9:16 PM ET
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I second Morning Glory (and not just because I have two copies posted!).  It made me chuckle, cry and sigh as much as any book I have ever read. 

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 10:17 PM ET
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Theres'a a book where a modern actress is transported back to the forties.  I'm sorry I can't think of the title, but it was a great book.

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 10:32 PM ET
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Theresa, could this be the book you're thinking of?

If Only in My Dreams by Wendy Markham.  I loved this book!

Date Posted: 1/5/2010 10:37 PM ET
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does Dorothy Garlock write this era? I have a couple of hers but haven't read them..they may be a bit earlier or later.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:17 AM ET
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Morning Glory!!!  Love that book!  they also made a movie of it with christopher reeve and Deborah Raffin.  Jude Deveraux wrote "the Princess" and that is set in the 40's as well.  It is part of the Montgomery series and has to do with Warbrooke shipping and the war.

Betsy in MI

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 9:31 AM ET
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Dorothy Garlock has a few books that take place during the Depression I think before America is really involved in the war. Not sure if she has any that actually take place during WWII.  I'd like to see more from this era too.  I like books that take place around WWI as well and this seems to be an era that romance authors avoid for the most part.  Everything is Napoleononic wars, American Civil Wars, Midievil Wars or comtemporary. 

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 10:15 AM ET
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Suzanne Brockmann has WWII sub-plots in her early TS books.  Two favorites are the ones in Defiant Hero with Meg's grandma and Out of Control with Van's grandma.  Edge to OOC because it's a favorite overall with the yummy Jones and the funny Kenny. 

I hesitate to mention it because it is so htf but Poor Splendid Wings by Patricia Veryan is set in this period and is terrific.  Author lived thru this period.  Try interlibrary loan if you'd like to read it. 

Not strictly a romance(more saga-ish) and is probably my favorite movie adaptation rather than as a book  but A Town Like Alice.  Set in early 50's with flashbacks to the war period in Malaysia(sp??). 



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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 10:24 AM ET
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After the Parade.....Dorothy Garlock

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 1:14 PM ET
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I hesitate to mention it because it is so htf but Poor Splendid Wings by Patricia Veryan is set in this period and is terrific  
Does this mean "hard to finish".  Please explain why if it is hard to finish.  I am so curious about this book.  this is the second time it has been recommended to me.....

I also second "A Town Like Alice"  one of my all time favorite books, movies, and just plain ole love stories.  I can't believe I didn't think of it.

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Past Forgetting: My Love Affair with Dwight D. Eisenhower by Kay Summersby Morgan and Barbara Wyden   I read this when it first came out and couldn't put it down. 

 

I just remembered a book I read about the woman who drove Eisenhower around in Europe and they were lovers.  It was sorta sad but also a great love story.  I will have to do some research to find the title when I am not on dial up.



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Date Posted: 1/6/2010 1:23 PM ET
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Pamela S- I think it means hard to find, since she recommended inter-library loan.

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions so far!! I'm keeping all of these in mind!

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 3:19 PM ET
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yep HTF is hard to find and DNF is did not finish! (we'll teach you the secret language!!) oh and TSTL is too stupid to live in case you come across that one which you will!

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OK, eventually I will get it down.  I thought TSTL meant too sad to live!   stupid is actually better.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 5:09 PM ET
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there's another one that was used here a lot that I could never figure out but now it escapes me...maybe because I finally saw it explained..oh well I'll recognize it when I see it again but I'd see it over and over and over and was like what??!!

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I read Sentimental Journey by Jill Barnett over the holidays and I loved it. It involves a couple of story lines that all intersect. And I've got to say, the ending (epilogue) had a great surprise in it that I in no way expected.

Date Posted: 1/6/2010 6:44 PM ET
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Yep-when I said that PSW  is "htf"-I meant hard-to-find.   Interlibrary loan is easier and cheaper....

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Our Yanks

Subject: remembered another one
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 10:06 AM ET
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"Distant Summer" by Sarah Patterson-yep, daughter of James Patterson.  Issued in 1976.  Mostly concerns RAF pilots during the war.  Love story is very sweet.  Stole the book from my Dad's Reader's Digest collection...boy was he mad when he couldn't find that months' book....

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer.  One of the best books I have ever read. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 4:58 PM ET
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Jane, I read Guernsey and loved it-- I agree; it definitely was a great book!

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 5:31 PM ET
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Brenda - Thanks - that was it.  We moved last year and lots of my books are still in boxes.  If Only In My Dreams was fantastic.

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