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In 1941, WWII begins for the United States, and life will never be the same for three women as they send their husbands, brothers, and friends off to war.

Ruth, a young wife and teacher, Lilly her teenage sister-in-law, and Helen, a British war bride, learn to cope with rationing, change, fear, loss, humiliation, and brutality while they forge an impenetrable bond and grow to be stronger than any of them ever dreamed possible. They lean on each other for support, aided by the family and friends who surround them, but when one decides to go to the front lines as part of the American Red Cross Clubmobile program, how can they cope with her absence - and more telegrams reporting loss?

©2017 Barb Warner Deane (P)2018 Barb Warner Deane

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Challenges of living on the home front

The Audible reader of Barb Warner Deane’s novel, On the Homefront, helps bring the characters to life, effectively conveying the spectrum of their emotions, such as fear, anguish, and joy, as well as capturing their age, gender, and accent.

The novel convincingly illustrates the many challenges of living on the home front during World War II and also gives us glimpses of the places where men fought the war and brave women supported them. The story focuses on three young women, Ruth, Helen, and Lilly, who serve as a sisterhood, giving one another strength and encouragement. This is an endearing story, and I was touched by the courage and perseverance of these women.

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  • 03-27-18

A family during war

Most of us weren't even alive yet when the world was at war. We need to look back and learn from history. Our world cannot survive if history repeats itself. We must start thinking that we are world citizens instead of being divided by race and nationality. We need to start caring for our families, our communities and our world That is what the family in this book did They supported and cared for each other

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Captivating characters

This book really kept my interest. I finished it in two days. More than that, I connected with the characters so much that I wish there was a second epilogue, to tell me even more about their lives after the war. The story wraps up nicely and I’m not dissatisfied, but I’m invested enough in the women to want to hear more. It was a great insight into life during the war. I wasn’t born yet, so I enjoyed getting to live through a few different perspectives.