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Subject: Any Suggestions?
Date Posted: 7/16/2008 6:36 PM ET
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Recently I realized that some of the books or book-to-movie adaptations I love usually involve elements of romance, drama, and war. That said, I was wondering if anyone has suggestions for good wartime romantic stories?

Atonement (book and movie) was what started me on this. I saw the movie The End of the Affair this morning and will probably read that; beyond that I intend to read A Farewell to Arms, Gone with the Wind, and The English Patient.

Can anyone else make any other suggestions? (I don't mind crying during a book, either! :D)

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 6:49 PM ET
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You might enjoy books by Kristen Hannah & Nicholas Sparks (he's had a couple made into movies), although I haven't come across any war time ones. James Patterson has 2 out (one was mase into a movie), "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" and "Sam's Letters to Jennifer", both great books!

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 7:29 PM ET
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Have you read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series? It's a wonderful, wonderful series and it has plenty drama and romance. I loved them. The first book doesn't deal with war much - although the heroine was a WWII nurse - but the second book deals with the battle of Culloden in Scotland (OMG, how I cried.) Anyway, I think subsequent books will deal with the American Revolutionary War but I haven't gotten to that point, so I don't know yet.

And if you can't guess how a WWII nurse lives through the Battle of Culloden or the American Revolutionary War, well, there's also time travel and some fantastic elements. But don't get me wrong, the book is full of Scottish folklore and very true descriptions of day-to-day life in the 18th century, so it's not all magical stuff.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Dorothy Garlock wrote one called " After the Parade" which was a storyline revolving around WWII.

Date Posted: 7/17/2008 12:55 PM ET
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If you like historials (my fave) I recommend Pride of Lions & Blood of Roses by Marsha Canham.  Outstanding author!

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 12:17 AM ET
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Yup, Gabaldon's Outlander books take you through the second Jacobite uprising early on, and then in book 4 they change continents and you start seeing the early stirrings of the American Revolution, moving into full blown war.  

And as for crying during a book?  The end of the second book (Dragonfly in Amber) was total sob city!!!

For something lighter, I loved Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer.  It's a WWII story.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 10:58 AM ET
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One of my favorites with wartime is : While Still We Live  Author: Helen MacInnes

It is on my keeper shelf.


Date Posted: 7/28/2008 12:51 PM ET
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Resistance by Anita Shreve... not your typical romance story but a great read.

Date Posted: 7/28/2008 1:55 PM ET
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The Bronze Horseman, Paullina Simons.  Though this does not fall strickly in the romance category, it is a powerful WWII love story.  I sobbed for this one...

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Date Posted: 8/11/2008 2:50 PM ET
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Thank you for the suggestions, everyone! I just bought Resistance yesterday, and I have Outlander as well. :)

Last Edited on: 8/11/08 2:50 PM ET - Total times edited: 1