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Dearest Ones: A True World War II Love Story
by Rosemary Norwalk

Dearest Ones is a remarkable first-person account of a young American woman who volunteered for service overseas in World War II. This true-life love story avoids the cliches and shows us what it was like for those thousands of men and women so far from home. Her war duty started in England just a month before D-Day and gives an insight into the monumental preparations, in both equipment and emotions. A great story of dedication, courage, and perseverence.

An excerpt from Rosemary Norwalk's Dearest Ones: "World War II was the defining period of my generation. It was our war, now often called the last good war because our country was united in believing it necessary and just. It was also a turning point in life for the women who volunteered for service overseas with the American Red Cross. Ever since 1946 when I returned, I've wanted, with growing urgency as too many years flew by, to share my experience of working with other young women who were liberated long before the term was coined." Oh, and P.S., this true-life love story continues ... the author and her husband (who met overseas during the war) have been married for over 50 years.

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"Charming . . . an intimate memory of a time that has gone forever." -Rosamunde Pilcher

"An amazing narrative . . . Everything about this account is blazingly authentic. There is no pretense, no false modesty or grandstanding. The gray privations of life in cold, wet wartime England come alive." -Washington Post

"A different perspective on the war from those in the thick of battle or those writing on the home front. . . . The author's letters . . . speak of the camaraderie and adventure of it all . . . she paints the everyday details, not the heroics." -Dallas Morning News

"A fascinating work of social history, revealing much about British life and American attitudes fifty years ago." -Sunday Times (London)

This captivating memoir of a World War II Red Cross volunteer recounts the touching stories of American women and men who served their country abroad. Based on richly detailed and beautifully written letters and journal entries, Rosemary Norwalk tells the unfolding love stories of her and her friends while stationed in England. Deflecting the advances of GIs of every stripe, but caught up in the romantic excitement of the times, they meet and fall in love with their future husbands and make plans for life after the war. With its absorbing narrative of devotion and heroism, Dearest Ones delivers an emotional testament to the endurance of the American spirit and an exquisite tale of love's discovery.

Paperback: 288 pages
Dimensions (in inches): 0.78 x 8.87 x 5.71
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; (March 10, 2000)
ISBN: 0471379468
List Price $15.95

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