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Subject: Lost wartime romance novel
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 3:59 PM ET
Member Since: 8/8/2008
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More years ago than I care to remember, I took out a hardcover novel from the Public Library.  I would love to read it again.  The heroine,  extremely wealthy, is dumped by her fiance (a doctor, I believe). This being wartime, she somehow meets and immediately marries a serviceman (perhaps a sailor) who has been dumped by his girlfriend.  He goes off to war.  I think she gets word that he has been killed and goes to his home, a farm.  When he returns, unharmed, he is suspicious of her, realizing that they married on the rebound.  He thinks she married him for money.  Things are rather strained between them until he gets word that his brother has been killed in action.  She finds him in the hayloft and while he doesn't exactly fall apart in her arms, she does comfort him.

Things are still strained between them when his old girlfriend, now divorced, reappears.  They go to a wow of a party and she, never having dressed up, does so now.  She contacts her lawyer and he sends her some of her jewelry.  When an elderly farmhand sees her all spiffied up, he asks her:

          "Is them real diamonds?"  To which she replies,

          "Them is, Tuck."

Everything gets straightened out and the trouble-making ex-girlfriend gets the heave-ho

This is how I remember the book.  It might be from the 60s,  it might be from the 70s,  it might even be a World War II timeline.  I only know it made an impression on me.  If anyone can give me guidance, I'd welcome it.

Thanks, Ruth


Date Posted: 9/10/2008 11:44 AM ET
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bumping since bumped so many t hreads it got bumped down!

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Subject: I've been looking, no clues yet.
Date Posted: 9/10/2008 11:04 PM ET
Member Since: 2/25/2006
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I've list you at the Romantic Times Sleuth Board, but haven't hear anything yet.  You could look through this list and see if anything rings a bell. This is from All About Romance. (thanks Laurie)  If you think it was before WWII or after Viet Nam, they have more there.

World War II

  • Fields of Battle (1981) by Kate Alexander
  • Friends and Enemies (1983) by Kate Alexander
  • Songs of War (1987) by Kate Alexander
  • Sentimental Journey (2001) by Jill Barnett
  • A Moment in Time (1964) by H.E. Bates
  • King's Ransom (2004) by Jan Beazley and Thom Lemmons
  • Sentimental Journey (11/1990) by Barbara Bretton - HAR-365
  • The Defiant Hero (2001) by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Into the Night (2002) by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Out of Control (2002) by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Over the Edge (2001) by Suzanne Brockmann
  • The Unsung Hero (2000) by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Silver Wings, Santiago Blue (1984) by Janet Dailey
  • The Avenue Goes to War (1976) by R.F. Delderfield
  • The Princess (1987) by Jude Deveraux
  • Shake Down the Stars (1988) by Frances Donnelly
  • Charlotte Gray (1998) by Sebastian Faulks
  • Who Was Sylvia? (1983) by Judy Gardiner
  • The Charmed Circle (1988) by Catherine Gaskin
  • Sisters (1984) by Suzanne Goodwin
  • Before the Dawn (1987) by Lisa Gregory
  • Enigma (1995) by Robert Harris
  • A Flower That's Free (1984) by Sarah Harrison
  • Land Girls (1996) by Angela Huth
  • A Song for Summer (1998) by Eva Ibbotson
  • Shining Through (1988) by Susan Isaacs
  • The Listening Silence (1983) by Marie Joseph
  • Above Suspicion (1941) by Helen MacInnes
  • Assignment in Brittany (1942) by Helen MacInnes
  • While Still We Live (1944) by Helen MacInnes
  • The Distant Summer (1976) by Sarah Patterson
  • Coming Home (1995) by Rosamunde Pilcher
  • The Heart Speaks Many Ways (1982) by Madeleine Polland
  • Eye of the Storm (1985) by Maura Seger
  • A Town Like Alice (1963) by Nevil Shute
  • The Bronze Horseman (2001) by Paullina Simons
  • Tatiana and Alexander (2003) by Paullina Simons
  • Morning Glory (1989) by LaVyrle Spencer
  • Spring Magic (1974) by D.E. Stevenson
  • The Encounter (1962) by Henri Troyat
  • The Water and the Blood (2001) by Nancy Turner
  • Poor Splendid Wings (1992) by Patricia Veryan
  • Wars of the Heart (1987) by Elizabeth Villars
  • The Camomile Lawn (1984) by Mary Wesley
  • A Sensible Life (1991) by Mary Wesley
  • Love and Glory (1986) by Jeane Westin
  • War and Remembrance (1978) by Herman Wouk
  • The Winds of War (1971) by Herman Wouk

The Korean War

  • Remnant of Grace (4/2001) by Susan K. Downs - HSNG-427
  • Dawn of Valor (2/1991) by Lindsay McKenna - SSE-649

The Vietnam War

  • Midway between You and Me (7/2002) by Rogenna Brewer - HSR-1070
  • The Admiral's Bride (11/1999) by Suzanne Brockmann - SIM-962
  • We'll Meet Again (1993) by Philippa Carr
  • Phantom Angel (6/1990) by Kathy Clark - HAR-348
  • Honorbound (3/1991) by Tracy Hughes - HAR-381
  • A Soldier's Heart (11/1994) by Kathleen Korbel- SIM-602
  • Lost Warriors (11/1994) by Rachel Lee - SIM-602
  • Off Limits (4/1992) by Lindsay McKenna - SSE-733
  • One Man's War (3/1992) by Lindsay McKenna - SSE-727
  • Ride the Tiger (2/1992) by Lindsay McKenna - SSE-721
  • Glitter Baby (1987) by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Soul Survivor (2000) by Susan Plunkett
  • Till the End of Time (2/1991) by Elise Title - HAR-377