Book Talk: World War II Love Stories by Gill Paul
World War II Love Stories by Gill Paul
Genre: Non-Fiction | History | Romance
Published: 2014, by Prospero Books
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I am beginning to realize that I have a thing for World War II. I mean, I feel drawn to stories, articles, pictures, anything really, to do with World War II. It’s still not an obsession but I can get there soon.
I picked this one up in December at Barnes and Noble during Christmas discount.
The book compiles of true love stories of 14 couples in the backdrop of World War II. The couples in question are Coco Chanel & Hans von Dinklage; William & Kathleen Anderson; Bill & Norma Kay Moore; Desmond Paul & Louisa Henry; Etienne & Violette Szabo; Charley & Jean Paul; Dwight D. Eisenhower & Kay Summersby; Roger & Rosemarie Williams; Allen Dulles & Mary Bancroft; Hudson & Betty Turner; Bob & Rosie Norwalk; Raymond & Lucie Aubrac; Hedley & Dorrit Nash and Roy Sather & Pill Denham.
The book sets the tone well with the introduction by Andrew Roberts who gives you a sense of the looming Nazi threat, overwhelmed Europe, European border and beyond it, the war in the Pacific, reclaiming of Europe, and the defeat of the Axis Power. With this, your memory of your high school history is refreshed and you get the backdrop against which love of so many blossomed.
There is quite a lot of research that has gone into it. (Details of which is found at the end of the book.) These stories are beautifully written weaving in the actual dates of the war with the personal accounts of the couples. Not all stories end with a happily ever after. The ones who do end up together after the war struggle together to make a living and a future.
I completely enjoyed the stories. But what I loved the most were the pictures in the book of which there are many. There are actual pictures of the couples and events from the time of war. These take you back to that period and gives to glimpses of what it all looked liked.
I absolutely loved Gill’s writing. She doesn’t drag the stories which are kept crisp and makes it easy to read .
I am glad I picked it.
My rating is 3.5 stars.
**I don’t give books rating below 3 (at least not as yet), because it takes a lot to write and sometimes it may not connect with me but the effort is definitely appreciated. **
Other books by Gill.
Titanic Love Stories: The true stories of 13 honeymoon couples who sailed on the Titanic (Love Stories Series)￼
Women and Children First￼
Royal Love Stories: The tales behind the real-life romances of Europe's kings & queens (Love Stories Series)￼
No Place For A Lady￼
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