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Canteen Dreams (Cornhusker Dreams Book 1) Kindle Edition
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We start the day before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when Audrey meets the man with chocolate eyes, Willard. The bombing changes everything for both of them: Willard's brother is missing, and Audrey throws herself into helping out at the Canteen, where soldiers coming through the train station can get a drink and a quick bite before their train pulls back out.
Audrey and Willard have an on again off again kind of relationship, when they actually have one. A lot of the book seems to focus on them as individuals and what they're dealing with, and when they spend time together, they end up bickering and fighting. I wasn't sure why these two were attracted to each other.
I wanted to like this one, the time period is one that I usually enjoy, but I felt like the book made Willard seem "selfish" for wanting to enlist and praising Audrey for backing away from her volunteer work. I didn't think she had the wrong motives, she enjoyed the work and felt like she was making a difference.. I was also confused by their relationship. I just didn't enjoy it as much as I'd hoped.
The story is very well-written. Historical details really enhanced the story. I love stories about the war effort stateside during World War II. Ever since I watched the 1943 movie "Stage Door Canteen", I've been fascinated by the contributions of these canteens. Willard and Audrey are likable characters. I enjoyed reading this book!
Canteen Dreams was a sweet romance amid the turmoil of the war. While I found it predictable, this story was still enjoyable… although honestly, through most of the book I found myself wanting to slap Willard. He was kind of jerkish and self-absorbed.
If you want a war time story but still want a light book, this would be a good option. I’d compare it with whipped cream in a can… airy and sweet, and you know what you’re getting.
Laural Merlington did a good job with the recording – she struck me as sounding like a woman looking back at the war, telling the story.
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