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4.0 out of 5 stars Not raw enough, 25 May 2008
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DubaiReader "MaryAnne" (Rowlands Castle, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dream When You're Feeling Blue (Paperback)
The majority of this book takes place between 1943 and 1944, as America enters WWII and the effects start to be felt in the US.
We join Kitty and Louise as they say farewell to their sweet-hearts, as the men depart to join the war effort.
Meanwhile life starts to shift gradually back home - food becomes scarcer, meat in particular, ration cards are introduced for clothing, gas and other items in short supply. Metal collections, war bonds.
The daily writing of letters, not only to sweethearts, but to boost the morale of other fighting men too. Gifts of food and warm clothing are sent.
News starts to trickle in of neighbours' losses, along with news and propoganda from the war zones.
Well paid jobs become available for women, in the construction of planes, jeeps and weapons.

The ending is sudden and disappointing - as the men return readjustment is needed. The women have become accustomed to their freedom and independance. But their responses seemed out of character to me and this section is very rushed.

The book is interesting, if a bit slow. It's tastefully done but needed to be a bit more raw, more hard hitting, more realistic about the losses sustained and the frightening news from the front lines.

This is the first Elizabeth Berg book I've read since Open House several years ago and I didn't feel that it was as good, but I shall certainly read this author again.
Recommended but with reservations.
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Dream When You're Feeling Blue by Elizabeth Berg (Paperback - 29 Jan 2008)
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