War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation

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A look at love during World War II that “celebrates not only the personal sacrifices these couples made to serve their country, but also their devotion to one another” (San Francisco Book Review).

America’s World War II is most often told through the stories of its great battles, when an entire generation of our young men was suddenly thrust across the oceans to represent the New World in deadly combat against the great powers of the Old. On sea, in the air, and on land our boys fought against totalitarian powers that threatened to overturn the American ideal of liberty for every individual, even civilization itself.

But while often forgotten, America’s women participated too. On the home front they were more than willing to share in the hardships of wartime, and in countless cases they fairly lived and breathed with support for our troops overseas. Whether working in factories or taking care of families, rationing or volunteering, their unflagging support contributed more to our victories than has ever been told.

Young people have been falling in love since time began, but romance during a global conflagration brought a unique set of challenges. The uncertainty of the time led to an abundance of couples marrying quickly, after brief courtships. Others grew closer through intermittent correspondence, in which the soldier was often censored by officers, yet true longing from both sides invariably came through. It was the worst time of all to try to have a relationship, yet amazingly, thousands of couples created lifelong bonds.

From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations, War Bonds highlights stories of couples who met or married during WWII. Each of the thirty stories begins with a World War II-era song title and concludes with a look at wartime couples in their twilight, as well as when they were so hopeful and young and determined to save the world. Illustrated with photographs from the 1940s as well as current ones of each couple, War Bonds offers readers a glimpse of bygone days, as well as a poignant glimpse of our own.

During history’s greatest war it was no time to start a relationship. But many among our young men and women did so regardless, and in this book we see how amazingly the “war bonds” of that World War II generation so frequently endured.
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Cindy Hval is columnist and correspondent for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Washington. Her “Front Port” column offers humorous, often poignant commentary about life, love and raising sons—not necessarily in that order. In addition, her stories have been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. Cindy’s father served twenty-four years in the Air Force—a career that spanned World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Her husband served twenty-three years as a pilot in the Washington Army National Guard.

Her admiration and respect for the men and women who not only served their country during World War II but forged marriages that spanned more than six decades led her to write War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation.
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Open Road Media
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Published on
Feb 10, 2015
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781480481565
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Language
English
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Genres
Family & Relationships / Love & Romance
Family & Relationships / Military Families
History / Military / World War II
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