When You Come Home Kindle Edition
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Then there is the weird supernatural twist... It’s especially sad because of the hints that these people really knew the truth. I can’t tell if the faith they talk of is True Gospel believing, save you from Hell faith in Jesus as the only Savior, or a more general faith in a rather general god. From hints in the daughters writing, I think they may have been truly saved. It’s just really hard to tell. Bible reading is mentioned as a comfort and strength, but it’s not really any more detailed than that. Then comes the ghostly visit from her deceased husband, in her words “on his way to heaven”. That is where she finds her ultimate comfort, not in Scripture or Jesus, but in a weird dream. Now that’s how her daughter writes it. Whether that was how her mother would have told the story, is anyone’s guess.
It also really drug on . That’s my opinion, but I got really tired of reading how much she loved her husband. Great. But three-quarters of this book is that. The last quarter deals with their experiences during the war. It makes for a sweet read for a bit, but this was overly sweet.
Daphne shared her memories and her scrapbook documenting her brief marriage to a soldier who was killed in action in southern France in 1944. I wrote her story in February, 1998 and it took on a life of its own when Tom Brokaw's researchers discovered it and included it in the best-selling "The Greatest Generation." Brokaw put Daphne on the NBC Nightly News multiple times and she became a symbol of the sacrifices made by war widows.
Her daughter Nancy Cavin Pitts has done a wonderful job of fleshing out Daphne's poignant story in "When You Come Home." It makes this war widow's story come alive in rich detail in ways that newspapers and television never could.
Nancy Cavin Pitts has given us the definitive portrait of a World War II war bride whose love was lost in the defense of freedom.
Daphne, at age 20, was working at a beauty salon when she met Raymond Kelley. The two were instantly attracted to each other, and spent as much time together as they could. Soon after World War II broke out, they got married and had a few happy months together before he was drafted.
I found this story quite engrossing, as Daphne and Raymond creatively found ways to keep their love fresh and alive through separations. I felt like crying with Daphne at the end, but cheered for her as she learned to live again in the very end of the story. This is a wonderful story of a young couple's deep love for each other. The only thing I did not appreciate was the frequent, veiled mentions of their nights together.
I think of the families, friends and loved ones left behind and men and women are ordered into war and it brakes my heart to know the uncertainty that they live with full they return home. I really hope and pray for their safe return as they go off to war today knowing they face the same faith as Raymond and Daphne. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their service. And for the families left behind, as well.
It is a beautiful story told mainly through the eyes of Daphne, with historical facts woven through, accurate and informative to anyone born after the late 1940's.
It was not a difficult read, I read it yesterday and kept coming back to it every chance I had. And though I knew what was coming it captured my emotions nonetheless, the powerful love story saw to that.
My Dad was a WWII vet, but his stories always focused on the actual war and serving in the Pacific, this story boosts my respect for those who lived in that time even more.
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