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A heartwarming WWII historical from award-winning author Cara Putman.

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy...or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war.

Rancher Willard Johnson admires Audrey's passionate nature, but when his brother is killed in action, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. His father insists he stay, but Willard knows he must go. Reality intrudes, and he never expected the jealousy he experiences when he sees those in uniform.

Can Willard's budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the other soldiers at the canteen steal her heart?

©2017 Cara Putman (P)2017 Cara Putman

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World war 2 story about the war work at home

Enjoyed the faith of the ones in the story and how they called on God for help in their trials and the work they did

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Canteen Dreams

Canteen Dreams is a sweet historical romance set during the World War II time period. I found it to be an enjoyable listen.

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light and sweet but predictable

This Pearl Harbor era story by Cara Putman captured the fear and uncertainty that came with news of the attack. It painted a good picture of the patriotism, enthusiasm, courage, and even jealousy of those on the home front. I found myself contemplating aspects of the war that I hadn’t thought as much about prior to listening to this book… so I felt like I learned from it.

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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  • Marily14
  • Aurora, CO, United States
  • 05-13-17

War, but life must go on!

I liked the theme of the story but it seemed to drag to the end. It was like finally we arrived! The voice of the main male character was disconcerting, but I can't tell you why. All the other voices we're ok. Since my favorite genre is "Noir Mysteries" it may be a reason for looking for more?