Dream When You're Feeling Blue Author:Elizabeth Berg New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this wonderful story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love. — As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good-bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas. On the domestic front, m... more »eat is rationed, children participate in metal drives, and Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller play songs that offer hope and lift spirits. And now the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters?Louise to her fiancé, Kitty to the man she wishes fervently would propose, and Tish to an ever-changing group of men she meets at USO dances. In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home. For Kitty, a confident, headstrong young woman, the departure of her boyfriend and the lessons she learns about love, resilience, and war will bring a surprise and a secret, and will lead her to a radical action for those she loves. The lifelong consequences of the choices the Heaney sisters make are at the heart of this superb novel about the power of love and the enduring strength of family.« less
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This was a great tale set in the 1940's during WWII when men were off fighting while the women stayed on the homefront and kept the country going. I love this era, so i thouroghly enjoyed this story. It involves 3 sisters who write to various men off at war. The story is heartwarming and bittersweet. Just some advice, DONT FLIP TO THE BACK OF THE BOOK and read the interview with the authour...as it basically will give away the ending. I did this by mistake, and was very discouraged as i read that i would know how it ended!
I LOVED this book. Elizabeth Berg made you feel like you were sitting at the supper table with these girls. I became interested in their "lives" and had a hard time putting the book down. The ending was exciting and completely unexpected. This is well written and thought provoking.
I really loved this story and by half way through the book I was completely invested in the characters. Historical fiction stories like this that put you smack dab in the middle of a person's life are so emotional and immersive becuase you know that they are at least semi-realistic, it makes the story seem deeper and closer to home. I wasn't happy with the last few chapters, It was an odd mixture of predictability/twist/"realism" but then I suppose that's becuase she didn't sugar coat it. So even though I was disappointed for the characters, I felt satisfied with the outcome after it had time to sink in.
Currently 5/5 Stars.
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starts in the 1940's during WWII, so much atmosphere, such great details of everyday life, food, fashions, how mores were changing, this is Elizabeth Berg at her best, characters who feel and like, dilemmas that everyone has lived. Found the conclusion rather abrupt though, it's as if she lost her flow. But all in all, I so enjoyed this book about sisters and family and being young and vital, and then not do