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Subject: Romance taking place in 30's/40's?
Date Posted: 10/20/2007 7:52 PM ET
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WWII era romances?  Not written at that time but taking place then?  I haven't seen any.  Maybe about warbrides or homecoming that type of thing.  Just wondering if anyone knew of any.  I know Dorothy Garlock has some that take place during the Depression. 

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 8:03 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/20/2007 8:29 PM ET
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I don't think they're really romance but my exbf  used to watch 'winds of war' and 'war and remembrance' and seems like there were couples in those..not sure if the books are the same.

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 8:50 PM ET
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The only one I can think of right now is Dorothy Garlock, and The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald. I read that in high school, tried again recently and couldn't get into it. The movie was better:)

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:10 PM ET
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I  think Lacy by Diana Palmer is set during that time period

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 9:27 PM ET
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hee hee..yep the movie was definitely better!

Date Posted: 10/20/2007 10:06 PM ET
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Jill Churchill has her "Grace and Favor" novels set in the early 1930's, but they're more cozies than anything else.  The Maisie Dobbs books are the same time period, but are mysteries.  Both have female leads though.

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 12:42 AM ET
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Morning Glory by LaVyrle Spencer!  Such a great, sweet story!  I've loved it forever and it's not even my usual sort of setting!

 It takes place in the early 40's, and the story is all state-side but the war has a lot to do with the book -- men joining up, rations, veterans patrolling and blackouts at night in case of air strikes, women making do....

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 10:36 AM ET
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"Blood Moon over Britain" by Morag McKendrick Pippin--it's on my reminder list and is a romantic suspense set in 1942 London....she also has one called "Perfidia" with another author set in 1939 Berlin. They sound good if you like romantic suspense.

Date Posted: 10/21/2007 1:59 PM ET
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I second Morning Glory.  One of my all time favorite romances.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 12:10 AM ET
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Strangers in the Night is an anthology set during/after the war.  I recall an earlier anthology set during WW2, but haven't had any luck finding it.  I'm really disappointed that there aren't more WW2 books out there.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 12:12 AM ET
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Double post sorry but the authors are: Katherine Deauxville, Amanda Harte, Eugenia Riley since there are a million Strangers in the Night.

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Date Posted: 10/22/2007 1:33 AM ET
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look them up.

Date Posted: 10/22/2007 7:54 AM ET
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The Dorthy Garlock ones are:

Mother Road,

Hopes Highway and

Song of the Road

They were good stories, I would have liked more focus on the romance though.



Date Posted: 10/22/2007 7:57 AM ET
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Oh, I just remembered that they have special listings on AAR (All About Romance)

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

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I agree " Morning Glory" by LaVyrle Spencer is a good one! Dorothy Garlock has one set in 1945 called " After the Parade".

Date Posted: 10/23/2007 11:43 PM ET
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Date Posted: 10/25/2007 8:15 AM ET
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I ran across this author today who writes that genre...





Date Posted: 10/25/2007 10:27 AM ET
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Sherri.........how bizarre that you mentioned a link to a site  that is connected to the Wild Rose Press. I actually have a friend who's book is being published by that same Publishing company. It's not in book form yet but is available online to download. Her pen name is Delia DeLeest and she loves to write about the 1930's. Her book is called " It Takes Moxie". I used to babysit for her kids when they were smaller, she and her husband sold their heating/cooling business and moved to Hawaii. If she ever becomes famous i can say ........"I knew her when........" lol.

Date Posted: 10/25/2007 8:19 PM ET
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Christine Marion Fraser- all her books are written in the 1930's/40's set in Scotland. I loved these books!

D.E. Stevenson- same thing, but set in Scotland and England

Jessica Stirling- some of them are in this time period

There are some others too. These authors are from the U.K. so some books may be hard to find.

If you do a search for British authors, these ones and others will come up on Fantastic Fiction, that's how I found them.

I have some Christine Marion Fraser and some Jessica Stirling books posted. :)

Date Posted: 10/25/2007 10:46 PM ET
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This book could be quite difficult to find, but I loved Came A Cavalier by Frances Parkinson Keys.  It was written right after WWII.  It is about an American who was working with the Red Cross in France towards the end of WWI.  She met a dashing, titled French cavalry officer and they married and went to live on his horse breeding farm in Normandy.  In the second half of the book WWII is starting and her husband and two sons go off to war and she goes through the Nazi occupation.  It's not a light read but it is very good.

Date Posted: 10/27/2007 11:25 PM ET
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Any of Dorothy Garlock's Depression Era books are great!  I usually only read historical romance, but fell in love with these.  After the Parade is good and High on a Hill.

Date Posted: 10/28/2007 6:37 PM ET
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Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into her native Poland. Within days Emma's husband, Jacob, a fiery and independent scholar, is forced to disappear underground, leaving Emma and her parents imprisoned within the city's decrepit, moldering Jewish ghetto. But then, in the dead of night, she is smuggled out of the ghetto. Taken to Krakow to live with her husband's Catholic cousin, Krysia, Emma takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile.

 Emma's already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Georg Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who insists that Emma come work for him--a job she cannot refuse without arousing suspicion. Urged by the Resistance to use her position--and the kommandant's obvious romantic intentions--to gain access to details of the Nazi occupation, Emma must become perilously close to her enemy and, now is perpetual danger of being discovered, finds herself questioning loyalty and duty, fearful of risking here life and the lives of those she loves.

 Based in part on actual events, Pam Jenoff 's astonishing debut novel delivers unrelenting tension in an achingly beautiful account of a young woman forced to bend loyalties, deny truths and betray her own beliefs--a woman almost powerless against her extraordinary circumstances, who must decide which risks are worth taking and which vows are worth breaking.


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Date Posted: 10/29/2007 7:38 AM ET
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Wow Lana, that sounds great.


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There is one on the shelves right now,  it is a Harlequin series called Everlasting Love  and the title is The Soldier and the Rose