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Kitty e Louise Heaney despedem-se dos respectivos namorados, Julian e Michael, que vão combater na Segunda Guerra Mundial. As irmãs Heaney sentam-se à mesa da cozinha, todas as noites, para escrever cartas: Louise, ao noivo; Kitty, ao homem de quem anseia ardentemente receber um pedido de casamento; e a terceira, Tish Heaney, a um grupo de homens, sempre diferente, que elaKitty e Louise Heaney despedem-se dos respectivos namorados, Julian e Michael, que vão combater na Segunda Guerra Mundial. As irmãs Heaney sentam-se à mesa da cozinha, todas as noites, para escrever cartas: Louise, ao noivo; Kitty, ao homem de quem anseia ardentemente receber um pedido de casamento; e a terceira, Tish Heaney, a um grupo de homens, sempre diferente, que ela vai conhecendo nos bailes da United Service Organization. Nas cartas que as irmãs enviam e recebem, há imagens fugazes e íntimas da vida, tanto na frente de batalha, como em casa. Para Kitty, uma jovem confiante e voluntariosa, a partida do namorado e as lições que aprende sobre amor, resistência e guerra trarão uma surpresa e revelarão um segredo, levando-a a uma acção radical em nome das pessoas que ama, que transformará para sempre a família Heaney. As consequências perenes das escolhas que as irmãs fazem são o centro deste magnífico romance sobre o poder do amor e a força duradoura da família....

Title : Quando Estiveres Triste, Sonha
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ISBN : 9789722522519
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Number of Pages : 392 Pages
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Quando Estiveres Triste, Sonha Reviews

  • Jana Anderson
    2019-02-22 13:12

    Okay, it is a nice beach read, but here is my beef with this book.1) In order to take the reader back to the 1940's WW2 era, they threw in every random fact about life on the home front into this book. (Not actual quote...) "I left my victory garden to go bake the sugarless cake I would be sending to Bud in France for his birthday. I had better bake this cake now so I don't miss Roosevelt's Fireside chat tonight, and I don't want to miss the USO dance tonight either! At the dance I am supposed to ask Rosie about working at the ammunition plant, which I have also been gathering scrap-metals for. I will have to use eyeliner to draw a line up the back of my legs tonight to make it look like I am wearing pantyhose, which of course I don't have because of government regulations for civilians..."You know? How many facts can the author possibly work in to create authenticity? Apparently too many.2) The ending is RETARDED.How is this book a New York Times Bestseller?... A good cover and prime placement in the airport bookstore.

  • Sara
    2019-03-25 13:04

    This book was SUCH a disappointment. I'd heard of the author, kept seeing the book around, and decided to give it a shot. It started out okay and got better as the story moved forward. Some of the period references got old (for example, instead of just mentioning rations, the author went on and on, describing the different ways this affected their lives), but I was willing to overlook that because I was drawn into the lives of the main characters. When I neared the end, I thought how much I was actually enjoying this book - and then the author went and wrote the absolute worst ending I have ever read in a book. Seriously. The ending absolutely ruined the book for me - it skipped forward in the future, robbing the reader of understanding WHY anything happened and HOW it happened, and it seemed like the author did not know how else to end it but wanted to surprise the readers. It completely ruined my opinion of the book. It just made me mad and did not make me ever want to read another thing by this author. I hate it when an ending is bad, but it's even worse when the ending is SO bad that it makes you forget all the good parts about the novel!

  • Amy Formanski Duffy
    2019-03-07 16:15

    I picked up this one for our summer reading program. Of course it's fun to read about the city I live in during a different time period. This is Chicago in 1943 during the second world war, when so many young guys were being shipped overseas. Three Irish sisters, Kitty (the glamour girl), Louise (the sensible one), and Tish (the youngest and flirtiest), deal with life at home while their boyfriends go off to fight. Louise is in the most serious relationship. Her boyfriend proposes before he leaves. The other two sisters flirt with soldiers at the local USO dances. They write letters to their guys. They eat gross meals prepared with rationed food. They listen to FDR's speeches on the radio. Kitty takes a patriotic factory job, only to find that the men there sexually harass the women workers, and that she isn't given a seat on the streetcar because she's wearing unladylike pants! Little details show how much Berg must have researched the time period. She says in her acknowledgments that she did a lot of her research here at the downtown library and even thanks some librarians that I know. She also really has a knack for writing about the intimate details of family life. I didn't like the ending. It felt tossed in as an afterthought and ruined the flow of the rest of the book. She killed off the one character that I just she would off. I was annoyed that the one tragedy was so predictable. If you don't read the last 20 pages, it's a wonderful book. I can see how many people would find it overly sentimental and sappy, though.

  • Laura
    2019-03-19 18:22

    I like Elizabeth Berg's books, and I didn't plan on reading it because I heard the ending sucked. My grandma liked it and told me I should give a try anyway. She grew up in the era Berg writes about in this book, and told me her mom and stepdad were so happy that she was old enough to qualify for coffee stamps because they couldn't get enough of it. It's hard to imagine having to ration anything, let alone coffee.After reading it: The ending pissed me off way too much to enjoy it the way I would like. Despite the rest of the book, which gave a glimpse into the life of women who wait for men off at war during WW two, the end was abrupt and so STUPID. SPOILERS AFTER THIS POINT!........Who really thinks it's for the best to shove the love of her life onto her sister so her sister can "be herself again" ? Basically freaking Kitty spends the rest of her life missing Hank and not having kids, and he apparently still loves her too, though he does eventually marry her stupid sister instead of sticking with her, though we don't know why....and freaking Louise just assumes everything is fine and that Kitty and Hank weren't that serious...I don't care how serious a relationship is, if my sister was dating someone, I wouldn't freaking marry him because that is wrong.

  • Caroline
    2019-03-06 13:09

    I've enjoyed many of other Elizabeth Berg's novels, which are well-written summer "quick reads" with satisfying endings, but thought that this one was a clunker. The story revolves around three Irish Catholic sisters in Chicago during World War II. Berg's novel shouts, "I did research on World War II -- at the expense of creating a flowing narrative or an interesting plot!" The ending is entirely unbelievable.

  • Book Concierge
    2019-03-04 17:01

    Book on CD read by the author.2.5 **From the book jacket: Berg takes us to Chicago at the time of World War II in this story about three sisters, their lively Irish family, and the men they love. As the novel opens, Kitty and Louise Heaney say good-bye to their boyfriends Julian and Michael, who are going to fight overseas. On the domestic front … the Heaney sisters sit at their kitchen table every evening to write letters – Louise to her fiancé, Kitty to the man she wishes fervently would propose, and [youngest sister] Tish to an ever changing group of men she meets at USO dances. In the letters the sisters send and receive are intimate glimpses of life both on the battlefront and at home. … The lifelong consequences of the choices the sisters make are at the heart of this suprb novel about the power of love and the enduring strength of family.My reactionsIt started out okay, got very interesting in the middle and then completely lost credulity in the last two chapters. Lost a whole star there.I have to say that what I most enjoyed about this novel was the look at everyday life on the domestic front during this very trying time in history. I especially liked the way Berg painted Kitty’s own awakening to her true ambitions and goals in life, and how she talked about the way that the roles of women in America were forever being changed by the requirements of war. I also really enjoyed the strong family dynamics in the Heaney family – mother Margaret, father Frank, and younger brothers all added layers of nuance to the central story of the three Heaney sisters. Berg narrated the audio version herself. She does a credible job, but she should really let a professional voice artist read her books.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-03 14:09

    Four discs into an 8-disc book, I'm bailing. I gave it a lot of play, because I really like the WWII home front setting, but...This book was TERRIBLE. It had all the character depth and dialogue truth of Nancy Drew (whom I'm not criticizing, because she is a mid-century series character written for children by multiple people), except with an eccchy Greatest Generation gloss. Every character was a stereotype and every speech was some variation on "Gee whillikers" or "It's a bird! It's a plane!" Instead of providing the living skeleton which lets the narrative drape and move over it, the historical research poked through, page after page of jarring, unnatural Facts in Action jutting out of the prose (gee whillikers).Note: I didn't even GET to the ending that so many readers are objecting to, not least because I realized, as an impetus to ejecting the disc, that I legitimately don't care which overseas love interest dies or what the aftermath is. Also, for the reader who liked it because it's like Little Women: yeah, that will happen when you just steal the paper-doll version of the characters and stick 'em in your book. To clarify: Kitty is Jo, Louise is Meg, and Tish is Amy. Think the analogy's bad because there's no Beth? Wrong. Tommy is Beth. Jesus Christ.

  • Julie Ekkers
    2019-02-27 18:18

    I've never been over the moon for any Elizabeth Berg book I've read, but sometimes they hit me at the right time and they're the perfect light read. This was not one of those books, and I really wanted it to be. It's set in Chicago, on the home front, during WWII. if nothing else, I expected to like the details that emerge in the background of these types of stories--the music, the dances, the clothes, etc. But those details seemed canned. The story revolves around the three sisters in the Irish Heaney family, each of whom writes to various soldiers who are fighting overseas. The sister the reader gets to know the most is Kitty. But Kitty's character wasn't believable to me, particularly her actions as the novel is wrapping up. I suppose the reader is meant to think that in acting so selflessly, Kitty has matured. But her acts simply didn't ring true to me and while Kitty is indeed quite selfish at the start of the book, I found her selfishness then as over the top as her selflessness at the end.

  • Sam
    2019-03-05 12:14

    This book takes place in Chicago during WWII and tells the story of 3 sisters who correspond with friends and lovers who have gone to war. Lots of description of what it was like to live in the times and you do get transported into the era.I actually listened to this book, and glad of it, as there was a lot of description and daydreams that I would have skimmed thru to get to the "meat" of the story if I had read it. At first with the flowery and long descriptions (read surprizingly well by the author) I thought "oh god, I'm not going to be able to stand listening to this", but I was slowly sucked into the story and started looking forward to being able to listen to it.The ending was abrupt and I thought maybe I had skipped a chapter or two and had to go back and listen to it again to make sure I understood the ending. I didn't like the ending but it does make you think. (Similiar to Anita Shreve who never has a happy ending) spoiler alert: I wished she had gone more into how Kitty ending up giving Hank to Louise.

  • Candice
    2019-03-11 13:11

    I listened to this on CD. It was one of the most delightful books I have listened to. Elizabeth Berg narrated it, and she has the perfect voice for this story.From the moment I began to listen, I was hooked. The story begins with two sisters seeing their boyfriends off to World War II. It made me think, I wonder how my parents felt when my dad left for the war. Although I have thought of him in the war before, I never thought of this aspect of it in quite the same way as the book made me think of it.The main character in the book is Kitty, the oldest sister chronologically, but not quite as mature as her sister Louise. Through the book we see Kitty maturing and growing into the woman she is meant to be.Much of the book takes place around the family's kitchen table where the girls gather each night to write letters to their boyfriends and other soldiers. We hear what the girls are writing, and what the young men write back. The sacrifices and the sadness and loneliness are conveyed beautifully.I thought that the end fell into place a bit too neatly, but that didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Elizabeth Berg continues to be a favorite of mine, although my all time favorite of her books is still Range of Motion.

  • Kaarin
    2019-03-22 16:59

    I listened to this on CD read by the author. I wasn't a fan of her reading style. I also was bothered by her writing style. I liked the basic premise of the story very much, and was occassionally surprised by the subtle yet believable growth a couple of her characters experienced--though most of the characters remained cardboard cut-outs for me. I especially enjoyed the character of the mother (whose name I'm forgetting). But mostly I was annoyed by "research paper" feel in recounting the stories of life in the 1940's and on the WW2 front: show, don't tell, please. Also, the tendency to spend a lot of (too much?) time building up to major moments, and then drawing the curtain over the action was absolutely frustrating. I feel the treatment of the ending was a major cop-out and left me dissatisfied. **SPOILER!!** For instance, the character shift in Kitty's 2nd boyfriend seemed very much out of the blue, especially considering his behavior during the war. How his affections shifted--and to whom--was not set up well, and it was also rather convenient, since Louise needed someone and apparently Kitty didn't. It was all very unrealistically tidy--and VERY abrupt. It just seemed as though the author's deadline creeped up on her and she had to finish the book in a big hurry. The ending alone dropped my ranking by a full star. The story had great potential, but failed to live up to its promise, imho.

  •  Becka
    2019-03-22 17:55

    Berg's latest offering of cozy, snuggled-up-with-cocoa reading is a flawed but still beautifully written story of an Irish-American family in Chicago homefront during World War II. The three enchanting Heaney sisters spend every night writing letters to soldiers – stoic Louise to her fiancé Michael, caring Kitty to the man that she hopes will propose, and flirty Tish to the many men she meets at USO dances. The central character is redheaded Kitty, who longs for the cocky Julian to marry her, but at the same time finds herself drawn to a bright and attentive soldier named Hank.There are constant references thrown in to evoke Chicago in the early 1940s -- down to the girls' shopping bags emblazoned with the silver "MF" and green detailing, a character referring to an article in the Chicago Daily News, and a nonchalant mention of the gorilla named Bushman at the Lincoln Park Zoo. It's nearly to the point where the reader may feel like screaming, "YES! I know you did your research!"The awkward conclusion is enough to be more than a casual annoyance. In such stories about wartime romance and sacrifice, especially during "The Good War," a reader usually craves, and expects, a certain kind of resolution and Berg does not deliver it. Dream When You're Feeling Blue is a nostalgic, sometimes compelling story until its disappointing and abrupt end.

  • Faydene
    2019-03-08 17:10

    I had to dry my tears to come add this lovely book to my list. It is an engaging story of 3 Irish sisters in Chicago during World War II. Debbie, you will love this book.

  • Elizabeth (Alaska)
    2019-03-25 12:08

    The story takes place in Chicago, Illinois in 1943. It centers on an Irish Catholic family - 2 parents, 3 daughters, 3 sons - that lives in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house. That there was only one bathroom for a household of eight people (think of it!) was important to Kitty, the oldest daughter and narrator of the story. It was the location for numerous "scenes" throughout the book.This is most definitely a World War II story, but told from the homefront. At first I thought this was only a light and frivolous read, maybe even a Lake Woebegone story where all the women are good-looking, but about halfway I was dissuaded. Sure, there is plenty of lace slips, mascara, and sister talk. But every night they sit at the kitchen table and write letters to servicemen. And then we are privileged to read parts of the letters that come from the servicemen, together with their hopes and dreams and the suffering of war. The author dedicates the book to her WWII veteran father, and thanks her uncles and aunts for their contributions to her understanding of the life and times. I thank them too.

  • Amy
    2019-03-12 11:05

    Given to me by a friend who was cleaning her bookshelf. She was disappointed with the end of this book. So was I. Up until the last 2 chapters, I really loved it, and loved the glimpse into WWI from the home perspective. Fabulous. However, the last two chapters brought me up short-- not in a "gosh-what-a-twist" kind of way, but in a "What the hell was Berg thinking" kind of way. Louise's actions in the 2nd to last chapter are totally out of character. And if the relationship that Kitty has with her fly-boy is all about honesty and learning to talk to each other, what the heck happened?

  • Lori
    2019-03-19 18:59

    My books clubs author read for the month of December is Elizabeth Berg so I selected this title and got it on loan from my library.You see. I adore Big Band music and when I close my eyes I can imagine an orchestra playing many songs from this era... including the title of this read.When you read throughout history, it seems in times of trouble, regretful longings go hand in hand and in the mix nostalgia forms or maybe it is the other way around. In this beautiful read we have three sisters in the Irish Heaney family, whom nightly write to soldiers who are fighting overseas in WWII.There's bobbins pins and flirting on streetcars. There's USO Centers and Bob Hope radio skits. And, then there's the heart-wrenching reminder of walls draped with the American flag. Fast forward many years later to 2006. As this story closes, you have the lead character believing that some people don't give a dam about her generation, which was 'Long Ago and Far Away', so what better thing to do than 'Dream When You're Feeling Blue.'

  • Rachel
    2019-03-02 18:07

    Ilovedthis book. It was kind of slow at the start, but once it got moving, I couldn't stay away! The setting is Chicago, during WWII, in the middle of a huge Irish family. All three of the girls in the Heaney family are beautiful, so naturally each of them is writing letters to several soldiers who have gone "over there." These letters, and the details we are able to glean from them about life on the front lines of the war, serve to compliment (or contrast) the things that are going on at the home front. The details about the war itself are deeply moving - posters plastering public spaces declaring that if you talk about what you know, you may as well kill a soldier; vivid descriptions of what death in war really looks like; hushed-up accounts of Japanese internment camps. These details got my attention. But whatkeptmy attention was the personal journeys: the relationships forming and coming apart at the edges of the war, the unfolding of long-held secrets and emotions as the characters come to grips with mortality - the soldiers as well as those who stay home, the answer to the question of just how much you would give for someone you love, and how much you can or cannot expect love to give you.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-18 13:56

    I found this to be a great little read. I mean "little" because of the amount of pages, not quality. I have always been interested in the World War II era, and this story made me feel like I was truly there in the moment, writing countless letters to young soldiers fighting in Europe or the Pacific, hoping that my words would lift them from whatever suffering and loneliness they had experienced daily. I loved the writing, the small, distinct storytelling, taking great care in choosing words that would call on most if not all of one's senses. I highly recommend it and thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Barbara
    2019-03-11 16:07

    I was thinking 5 stars up to thru last 10%. But the end was so slap-dash that the book was spoiled. I like WWII novels, especially novels set at home, and this captures a large Catholic family wonderfully. I recognized people I used to know. The loveliness of girls dancing at thru canteens and the letter writing campaigns ... things my mother reminisced about were described beautifully. It's only as the story comes to an end that the story flops.

  • Gale
    2019-03-19 16:01

    Lots of details about family life in America during WWII- maybe too much. An easy read .

  • Brigette
    2019-02-22 17:54

    3.5 Stars This was a book about 3 sisters in Chicago during WW II.

  • Maria
    2019-03-20 18:02

    Gostei de ler este livro; achei interessante os pormenores das vivências dos membros desta família, com o enquadramento sócio-económico da época.Considero o último capítulo absolutamente dispensável (e mesmo absurdo).

  • Annie
    2019-03-17 13:22

    Another Elizabeth Berg book-I am really on a streak! It seems as if when I go to the library and I don't really have a book in mind to read-I can wander over to the 'B's' and she always has a book on the shelf. This novel is about the Heaney family during World War II. The Heaney family has 6 children: 3 girls and 3 boys. The book details the struggles of the war at home, saying goodbye to the men they love who are fighting, and the constant letter writing back and forth to one another. It was interesting to read about the expectations of the families at home and how united the whole country was behind the war. It was striking to read how different it is now with our current war going on. Although the Iraq war is difficult and unpleasant to think about, it doesn't seem to be the main focus of life. I hear more about gas prices and the economy. This certainly wasn't true back in WWII, the war effected and was central to everything. This book brought up the complexities of the war-it really made me feel the strain when the men were out fighthing but then I could also get sucked into the more trival aspects that were happening to the family (the dances the girls went to-their brother getting sick-their brother running away to enlist). I enjoyed this book because I am currently in a class called Gender and Social Change. The book explores the rigid gender roles of the 1940's (the Heaney parents cry when one daugther takes a job in a factory to help with the war effort) and how those roles are challenged and begin to change. I kept thinking of my Grandma and Grandpa when I read this one, who were both involved with the war. I also liked the book because it talked about the closeness and loyalty these sisters had to each other despite some fights and tears over men and clothes. I am close to my sisters so I could really relate to that. I really didn't like the ending though, it was too abrupt. There had been so much character development and then to suddenly have something improbably switch between them was disappointing. It had a sad ending, but in an unexpected way.Favorite quote:"Believe me next time we will have sandwiches," Margaret had said. "But you've got to try new things; that's the only way you know if something's good. Imagine if Ruth Wakefield had thrown away those Toll House cookies-they were an accident you know! Don't worry, you won't see me making this recipe again; I've given it the Black X. I wouldn't feed it to a Nazi." She stared miserably at another bite on her fork, put it in her mouth, and spoken around it. "Although if I did, we'd probably win the war a lot faster."

  • CS
    2019-03-18 16:20

    I loved this book, BECAUSE of the ending.Let's face it. Choices for women were few and far between prior to World War II: get married or, gee, get married. Oh, maybe you could be the maiden aunt who taught first graders, or perhaps a nurse, but that's it. World War II started the change. Women, like Kitty, were needed to work in the factories to keep the war effort moving, no matter how much the men resented them. For the first time, women were mass employed in fields generally reserved for males. If you read the book as a piece of literary fiction, not as a romance, you'd see that the choice made perfect sense for Kitty. She liked working. She wanted to continue to work. Hank wanted a wife, the conventional life he had been brought up to expect. While the two loved each other, sometimes, in the real world, love just isn't enough when your spirit yearns to do more, to be more. Yes, if this were a romance, the ending would suck. But it's not. It's a character study of how an Irish-American family coped during the war. Life isn't fair, and it doesn't always end with orange blossoms and tulle veils. Kitty ended up having a far bigger life than she would have if she had stayed with Frank: she became a fashion journalist, she traveled all over the world. Yes, she missed out on love and children of her own, but that's how life works. You make choices. The ending would have been far worse if Kitty married Hank - because she would have given up her dreams. And "having it all" isn't all that possible today, much less sixty years ago! And Hank made his choice, too. He didn't have to marry Louise. But he knew she would be the perfect wife and mother, and as one character says, "If you loved one Heaney girl, you loved them all."And of course Michael had to die - it's World War II! Again, this isn't a romance, and happy endings aren't guaranteed. Elizabeth Berg doesn't write happy novels, but she always writes truthful novels.

  • Shorty
    2019-03-02 12:24

    Not my favorite of her novels. Don't get me wrong; I LOVE her style, her voice, her characters, and the way she writes. I love WHAT she writes, time and again! The setting in this novel was very realistic in the beginning and middle. what happened during the war was spot-ON, and the characters were amazing. the research the author did for this time-period made me SO happy!but... the ending was all wrong. there was NO WAY someone would make the decision one of the sisters did, not in real life.. no matter what!! I just don't think that could/would happen. Sorry... I mean, these sisters really loved each other, no matter how much fighting they did, true. But to give up something that means SO MUCH to you, just to make another happy? Even to keep them alive...? Nope, I don't think so. Not only would this decision NOT have cleared things up completely, as is seemed to in this novel, but there would have been some residual mental issues. Possibly even bad repercussions!! People have feelings, and a decision like this would have effected everyone, very badly, in the entire family. I don't see how the father allowed it, and no one saw through her reasoning!The way the sister made everyone go along with her decision was completely left out of the book, as well. Possibly, IMHO, because there's no way she could have made everyone else go along with it, irregardless. NO argument would have been enough. None. --And then, 60 years were skipped; NOT FAIR, Mrs/ Berg!!I do still recommend this novel, for all those who love this era, or would love to learn more about it. But when you read this novel, for goodness sakes, bring a box of kleenex! I teared up off and on throughout the entire thing. WOW, so heartfelt and sad, but wonderful.... until the ending. lol

  • Tara
    2019-03-09 16:13

    This was the first book I've picked up and not gotten bored with halfway through in months. It paints a very vibrant picture of the era. In fact, I'd say that the book's main strength is its ability to convey the cultural history of the time period. I loved the details about the family's meals based on ration coupons and victory gardens and the like. Loved the details about the fashion of the times, the USO dances, the letters back and forth to the troops. The family portrayed was warm and likeable, the dialogue very engaging. The only bad thing I have to say about this book was the ending -- horrid. Just completely unbelievably bizarre. I would so much rather have seen the shift in women's roles and feelings about their possibilities for the future highlighted in a deliberate choice on Kitty's part to not marry Hank because she wanted to see where her own life took her. The idea that she somehow orchestrated putting Hank and Louise together or that Louise would even have let her do such a thing (leaving both sisters premanently mated to Kitty's former loves) strikes the reader as completely false and a very poor ending to an otherwise beautiful read.

  • Carol
    2019-03-06 19:07

    There is no doubt that Berg did her research for this novel. The idioms of the day are right on. I love reading books that take place around WWII and this was no exception. I was enjoying reading about the old movies, the USO dance clubs, the girls writing letters to the soldiers overseas, the rationing at home, what it was like for a Rosie the Riveter -- all the details of the time period. The "letters motif" was interesting and some of the passages were almost poetic - --letters of love, friendship, loneliness, hopelessness, homesickness, and terror. The letters from the men overseas were so poignant and real. The telling is slow, which helps recreate the period.The ending, however, was AWFUL. It was a complete betrayal to the reader and made reading the book seem senseless. I wanted to throw the book against the wall and strangle the author. Read the book, but quit reading on page 262, throw it away and make up your own ending. Whatever you make up will be better than what this author wrote.To give this book three stars, I have made up my own ending!!!

  • Kris
    2019-03-21 11:54

    This book grabbed me immediately upon reading the description years ago. With that said, the reviews sort of scared me and kept it on my "to read" list for years...I even went as far as checking it out of the library several times, but then changing my mind. It never felt like the right time to read it. Well, I am glad I finally just did it! I was pleasantly surprised! I am glad I read this slice of history and got to experience this family. Yes, the author did try to cram a lot of facts and details of the time (a common complaint in reviews) but I actually enjoyed that! It really helped create a full picture. Another major complaint had to do with the book not really ending---well, I disagree. I like how it ended. I think we read enough to understand what happened with all the missing years and got to glimpse that final sacrifice Kitty made for her sister, again part of that war effort. I enjoyed reading this book!

  • Graceann
    2019-03-24 12:58

    I'm normally quite fond of Elizabeth Berg, and I love historical fiction. Throw in that this is based on the American home front during WWII, and it would seem to be tailor-made for me. Something was missing, however, and I'm not sure I can put my finger on what it was. it seemed as if Berg tried to throw in every tidbit about homefront life in those 280 pages. Rationing, factory work, V-mail; just about everything gets a nod, as if she's ticking boxes. And then there was a portion of the story that I had the hardest time buying as a possibility, but upon reflection, I guess I can see why she chose that route. It wasn't what I was hoping for, and I don't believe it was one of Elizabeth Berg's better efforts, but as another reviewer mentioned, even lesser Berg is better than a lot of other stuff out there.

  • Jackie
    2019-03-06 13:59

    Sisters Louise, Tish and Kitty Heaney are living in Chicago during World War II. As Kitty and Louise see their boyfriends off to war, their lives become intertwined and their daily thoughts, chores, and prayers revolve around the war. The girls go to work during the day, USO dances in the evening and their nights are spent writing endless letters to servicemen overseas, as it has become their patriotic duty. Louise longs to see Michael again and loves him more and more with each letter written back and forth over time. Kitty becomes distanced from Julian, as he begins to fall for Tish and Kitty is smitten with another serviceman, Hank. Their thoughts are consumed with the safe return of their men. But, as we all know, war makes its own rules, and their hopes and dreams do not always come to fruition. The ending is a bit strange, but a likeable quick read.