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At the height of WW2, 22-year-old Nina Raff learns that her beloved pilot husband has been killed in plane crash. To escape her grief, she upends her life, moves across country, and plunges into another marriage far too soon. For the next twenty years, she buries her sadness and ignores the past to appease her jealous alcoholic second husband. But when her teenage daughter At the height of WW2, 22-year-old Nina Raff learns that her beloved pilot husband has been killed in plane crash. To escape her grief, she upends her life, moves across country, and plunges into another marriage far too soon. For the next twenty years, she buries her sadness and ignores the past to appease her jealous alcoholic second husband. But when her teenage daughter discovers a long-hidden wedding photo, an unforgettable story of love, heartbreaking loss, oppression, and family secrets tumbles out, compounded by a mystery the daughter is determined to solve. It's war and its aftermath, told from a woman's point of view. Perfect for anyone who loves the history, drama, and romance of the World War II era!


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At the height of WW2, 22-year-old Nina Raff learns that her beloved pilot husband has been killed in plane crash. To escape her grief, she upends her life, moves across country, and plunges into another marriage far too soon. For the next twenty years, she buries her sadness and ignores the past to appease her jealous alcoholic second husband. But when her teenage daughter At the height of WW2, 22-year-old Nina Raff learns that her beloved pilot husband has been killed in plane crash. To escape her grief, she upends her life, moves across country, and plunges into another marriage far too soon. For the next twenty years, she buries her sadness and ignores the past to appease her jealous alcoholic second husband. But when her teenage daughter discovers a long-hidden wedding photo, an unforgettable story of love, heartbreaking loss, oppression, and family secrets tumbles out, compounded by a mystery the daughter is determined to solve. It's war and its aftermath, told from a woman's point of view. Perfect for anyone who loves the history, drama, and romance of the World War II era!

30 review for If My Heart Had Wings: A World War II Love Story (Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Dawson

    How would you feel if you were rummaging through parents’ stuff and found wedding photo then realized, that isn’t your dad in the photo? That is what this true tale is about. Nadine Taylor uncovers a secrete her mother has never talked about and has no intention of reliving. However, like her mom, Nadine is tenacious and determined to find out all the juicy details. Slowly but surely, she gets her mom, Nina Ostrom to tell her of this mystery man. Her first husband was Lyndon Raff. They met in How would you feel if you were rummaging through parents’ stuff and found wedding photo then realized, that isn’t your dad in the photo? That is what this true tale is about. Nadine Taylor uncovers a secrete her mother has never talked about and has no intention of reliving. However, like her mom, Nadine is tenacious and determined to find out all the juicy details. Slowly but surely, she gets her mom, Nina Ostrom to tell her of this mystery man. Her first husband was Lyndon Raff. They met in college. He like tens of thousands of others singed up after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He is accepted in the Army Air Corps and becomes a C-47 pilot flying mission in India and “The Hump.” He dies in a fiery crash trying to drop off supplies. Two years later, Nina remarries Jay Taylor, Nadine and Dawns’ father. This is no a happily-ever-after story. It’s one of perseverance, self-preservation, determination, learning, can-do-spirit and uncovering the truth. Nadine does an excellent job in putting the reader in the setting and letting us see everything that was going on with her mom and her dad. It is not a pretty picture. Yet despite the verbal, mental and occasional physical abuse, the memory of Lyndon is always underneath waiting to be unleashed in a hostile environment and perhaps bring calm to hidden memories. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a tale of war time romance, disappointments, life’s sometimes harsh realities and a reckoning of old vows. Four and-a-half Stars.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Arieswoman

    Excellent memoir.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dianne McMahan

    True Love Never Dies A very good true story about being in love and marrying young during WWII. Her husband was a pilot who died in 1943,while ferrying most needed goods overseas.He was stationed in India. She remarried,the 2nd.time to a man who was a drunkard, very controlling and abusive in nature. He was very jealous of her deceased husband,so her daughters ,didn't even know that she had been married before,and especially to a pilot, until they were nearly grown. When her 2nd.husband passed,she cou True Love Never Dies A very good true story about being in love and marrying young during WWII. Her husband was a pilot who died in 1943,while ferrying most needed goods overseas.He was stationed in India. She remarried,the 2nd.time to a man who was a drunkard, very controlling and abusive in nature. He was very jealous of her deceased husband,so her daughters ,didn't even know that she had been married before,and especially to a pilot, until they were nearly grown. When her 2nd.husband passed,she could finally put her air pilot husband's picture and awards on the wall along with his purple heart.She also attended a memorial service for him,when his remains were brought back to the states. This is just a great story written by the youngest daughter,about her mother and a love that never died until her death more than 50 yrs.later.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Very well done book This is a non-fictional account of the author's mother's life, her first love, her career, the tragic wartime death of her pilot husband, her remarriage, highlights of her father's childhood, wartime service, career, & the subjugation of his wife & children to his temper & will when inebriated...which became nearly constant. It shows the effects her mother's submissive attitude had on the author & her sister, details his death, her mother's re-entry into the workforce before h Very well done book This is a non-fictional account of the author's mother's life, her first love, her career, the tragic wartime death of her pilot husband, her remarriage, highlights of her father's childhood, wartime service, career, & the subjugation of his wife & children to his temper & will when inebriated...which became nearly constant. It shows the effects her mother's submissive attitude had on the author & her sister, details his death, her mother's re-entry into the workforce before his death, her mathematical acumen, & her life as a widow for the 2nd time. It also details her death, & summarizes the course of the author's life. The details of her research are imcluded towards the end as she reconnects with her mother's first husband's family, & solves some of the mysteries behind the repatriation of the man's remains. This remains a story of love, death, acceptance, the effects of emotional & sometimes physical abuse, & the WWII era. Much of the information on Japan's role in WWII, & how we came to be at war all over the world, was unknown to me. The scope of WWII, geographically & politically, continues to surprise me, even though my own father, my uncle, & my father-in-law all served during the conflict. I soon came to realize the only people who ever talked about the war except briefly were the ones who weren't engaged in the fighting directly, only peripherally or not at all. My uncle said that once when I was a teen, so I often would act totally engaged & ask them what they did in the war. Many of them were very far from the front lines, or in the states the entire time (I don't include people retained in the US for their skills in teaching aviation, mechanics, foreign languages, or other skills needed to train a great many people as most of them wanted to be where the action was, but did their duty at US bases where the knowledge they passed on did the war effort more good than their being the only one in a wide area with a given skill that would die with them if they were killed in action). Many of them heard tales of what had happened & repeated them as though they'd been there, but it was easy to trip them up. Even boomers (the author is only 2 years older than I am) have to look most WWII stuff up, &their impetus is often a family member or relative somewhere along the line, who served, is now gone from this life either during or after WWII, & their children, sometimes their grandchildren, become curious & start asking questions. If you're curious, read books like this, look things up, ask questions. There was more pure chutzpah in the WWII generation than most people realize.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Doug

    Interesting read This gets top marks because I'm part of the extended family. Truth in advertising! Mrs. Fox tells her story compellingly. It's a tale of intrigue and suspicion, all fueled by the inherent lack of communication brought about by war. There is romance - tempered by what I have come to understand as the family practicality. It is a mistake to think that "practical" means "unfeeling". We all feel in our own way. Thanks to the author for her tenacity on teasing the truth from details. Interesting read This gets top marks because I'm part of the extended family. Truth in advertising! Mrs. Fox tells her story compellingly. It's a tale of intrigue and suspicion, all fueled by the inherent lack of communication brought about by war. There is romance - tempered by what I have come to understand as the family practicality. It is a mistake to think that "practical" means "unfeeling". We all feel in our own way. Thanks to the author for her tenacity on teasing the truth from details.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Merry

    Wonderful This is a wonderful story, well written. I enjoy World War II love stories and this one of the best.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dianne Halloran

    Easy read The story tells of feelings and life as it was for so many who were affected by the aftermath of WWII. The author made the real life characters interesting, believable and most of all entertaining.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ruth A Calvin

    I loved this book from start to finish. The secret grandma had in her possession is found by her teenage grand daughter and the love story that is gradually pulled from grandma is wonderful and heartwarming. It takes place over three generations and the history of WW II and grandma's true love and how the government worked with bringing our war hero's bodies home was really interesting. I couldn't put this book down. the end brings such a wonderful feeling that I am still thinking about the book I loved this book from start to finish. The secret grandma had in her possession is found by her teenage grand daughter and the love story that is gradually pulled from grandma is wonderful and heartwarming. It takes place over three generations and the history of WW II and grandma's true love and how the government worked with bringing our war hero's bodies home was really interesting. I couldn't put this book down. the end brings such a wonderful feeling that I am still thinking about the book. I usually start another book as soon as I am through with one but NOT this time. I am still thinking about it and having warm feelings about it and don't want to lose those feelings yet. (kinda like the end of "Bridges of Madison County". Brings back some of MY memories) GO FOR IT. You will not be disappointed.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marty Moore

    Interesting Story This book is based on the life of a War Widow. This is a very honest telling of the life that transpired from the start of the war, to the end of this War Widow's life. It's written by the daughter, who discovers her mother had been married before. The story unfolds as the daughter discovers new information about her mother's first marriage. This is a different perspective of the war and well worth the read. Interesting Story This book is based on the life of a War Widow. This is a very honest telling of the life that transpired from the start of the war, to the end of this War Widow's life. It's written by the daughter, who discovers her mother had been married before. The story unfolds as the daughter discovers new information about her mother's first marriage. This is a different perspective of the war and well worth the read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Cummings

    If My Heart had Wings This was a good story of a young girl who discovers that her mother had been married before. Her interest is peaked. Lyndon, the first husband, was a pilot in World War II and she wants to know as much about him as possible. This takes her on a life long journey of joy and sorrow and opens up a whole new understanding of her mother. I enjoyed this book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    I LOVED this book!!!!..One of the best books I've read this year..It was much more than I expected it to be..The authors descriptions and details were amazing..Excellent research as well..It kept me wanting to read more and more..I would give it 10 stars if I could..Very highly recommend..Thank you Nadine Taylor..I will be looking forward to reading more of your books.. I LOVED this book!!!!..One of the best books I've read this year..It was much more than I expected it to be..The authors descriptions and details were amazing..Excellent research as well..It kept me wanting to read more and more..I would give it 10 stars if I could..Very highly recommend..Thank you Nadine Taylor..I will be looking forward to reading more of your books..

  12. 4 out of 5

    Judy Palmore

    First love This was Avery good story of a first love during World War Two with a tragic ending the finding love again

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vicky S. Stickel

    Enthalling A great read. I'm always interested in stories about the WW2 era. This is well written. It's sad in many ways, but so true of women of that era. Enthalling A great read. I'm always interested in stories about the WW2 era. This is well written. It's sad in many ways, but so true of women of that era.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Coffeebreakwhatever

    I was not prepared for the style of writing of this book. I was very pleasantly surprised! I read it in one day - Memorial Day 2022 to be exact. I didn't know it was a true story, told by the author as her mother told her about her past! It is one thing to read a fiction book with all the "made up" feelings and events but quite another to read a true story where all those feelings and events actually happened and how real people dealt with everything. Just makes the story so much more emotional! I was not prepared for the style of writing of this book. I was very pleasantly surprised! I read it in one day - Memorial Day 2022 to be exact. I didn't know it was a true story, told by the author as her mother told her about her past! It is one thing to read a fiction book with all the "made up" feelings and events but quite another to read a true story where all those feelings and events actually happened and how real people dealt with everything. Just makes the story so much more emotional! The full story covers 50 years! The first part told the story of her mother and her first husband during WWII. She then keeps this from her current family thinking - it is over, it isn't relevant now. (not giving any spoilers!) Then the story turns in how the daughter (the author) found out about her mothers first marriage and confronted her mother, who then told her story. It then went into how the mother had such a wonderful life in spite of losing her husband in WWII. But it then kind of went off course a bit when the mother remarried and was about the "current" life of the mother and 2 daughters(author and her sister) and their father. At first, I thought.. "wait - what's this got to do with her mother's story?" But - keep on reading! It will all make sense soon! I also thought it was cool that - I lived in southern California (where the author was born and raised and most of the story takes place) near the same areas mentioned in the book so I knew where/what the towns mentioned were! It kind of "hit home with me" as I left that area 2 years ago after living there for 40 years! But that aside...it was really heartfelt and endearing how the author revealed how her mother took everything life threw at her and did what she had to do for her family - without help from anyone - and succeeded so many times. What a strong woman she was! And then the book started to wind down and, without giving any spoilers, the daughter has a final eye opening "walk in the past" with her mother and a few secrets came to light about her mother's first husband/marriage and kept "secrets" for the last 20 years. The daughter continues for the next 10 years or so to re-sort past history about the man and try to find closure for her mother. You will have to read the book to learn how it took 6 years to bring him home and a few other "secrets" that even her mother didn't know about! It is sad in a way, that something like this happened but at the same time... with all the war departments had to deal with at that time - I can understand their side of the story, too. Read. This. Book! You won't be disappointed. I plan to read it again in a few months

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shreedevi Gurumurty

    An unputdownable true story about star crossed love, shattering loss, buried secrets, and a daughter's discovery of her mother's secret life. Nina Ostrom came from a farming family in Minnesota, who then moved to the city for better opportunities.She and her brother Ted were gifted students excelling in mathematics. Nina then studied her favourite subject in college, where she met her future husband, Lyndon Raff.After a long courtship, World War Two comes to their door and Lyndon enlists in the An unputdownable true story about star crossed love, shattering loss, buried secrets, and a daughter's discovery of her mother's secret life. Nina Ostrom came from a farming family in Minnesota, who then moved to the city for better opportunities.She and her brother Ted were gifted students excelling in mathematics. Nina then studied her favourite subject in college, where she met her future husband, Lyndon Raff.After a long courtship, World War Two comes to their door and Lyndon enlists in the Army Air Force Cadets, serving in the CBI Theatre, flying the C-47 plane hauling supplies. He and Nina marry in late 1942 and share a brief, yet perfect happiness together. Nina worked at NACA in Virginia.Unfortunately, whilst on mission flying over the hump (Himalayas), Lyndon and his crew perish in a plane crash in late 1943. When Nina learns his fate, she escapes her grief by upending her life, moving stateside to California and then in 1946, remarries to her second husband, Jay Taylor, who was also a World War Two veteran, but was in the Pacific Theatre. She also worked at North American Aviation in LA. They had two daughters: Dawn and Nadine. Unfortunately Nina's second marriage was unhappy, with her husband's jealousy and alcoholism knowing no bounds. He forbids talk of the past, specifically Lyndon. He can fight a real man, but not a ghost-his words. So Nina buries her sadness and ignores her past to appease him. After several business failures, Jay went downhill, and was extremely short tempered. Having escaped his abusive childhood and building a successful military career, his later life was in shambles. Then when her teenage daughter, Nadine, discovers a long hidden wedding photo, an unforgettable story of love, heartbreaking loss, oppression, and family secrets tumbles out, compounded by a mystery that Nadine's determined to solve, regarding Lyndon's family and burial sites.Nina was an intelligent, practical and devoted woman who felt deeply. She became a successful teacher later on.Life isn't easy, but there's always a way to keep going. Do whatever is necessary to meet its challenges.Take care of what you've got. Thank you very much, Nadine Taylor for sharing your mother's story with us. And for also highlighting the war service of your father and Lyndon Raff.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Amazing true story I always enjoy reading of other's trials of life! We all have our own story! My dad was a WWII soldier. He left my mom and her oldest four children behind when Uncle Sam called him to serve WWII. When he returned from combat in the Philippines, four more children (including me) completed the family. We were some of the lucky ones! Though dad came home in critical condition, he would survive the war. The soldiers of that tragic era, with war raging on two world fronts against two Amazing true story I always enjoy reading of other's trials of life! We all have our own story! My dad was a WWII soldier. He left my mom and her oldest four children behind when Uncle Sam called him to serve WWII. When he returned from combat in the Philippines, four more children (including me) completed the family. We were some of the lucky ones! Though dad came home in critical condition, he would survive the war. The soldiers of that tragic era, with war raging on two world fronts against two very different but vicious armies, was a raging nightmare for our nation, our soldiers, and their families. Each individual, each family, had their pain and sorrow. I feel this story reveals the effects on a wife, widow, mother and reflects the time. My parents, when I was growing up, were struggling so hard provide for their eight children and the unending work from morning to night, that I never heard their story. How, I regret not knowing! My siblings could never offer much either. Mom and dad passed without sharing with us the most challenging, difficult, and sad time in their 53 years together. This book is Nadine's mothers story! Over her lifetime, she discovers evidence of her mother's marriage to a GI long before she married her father. The evidence was found in a metal foot locker stashed away in their garage. Who was he? Where did they meet? The book encompasses years of finding the answers! Patricia

  17. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Coyne

    The book was good. A true story of a woman (Nina) who grew up during the time of WW2. The story is told by the woman's daughter (Nadine the author). Nadine did not find out her mother had been married before until she was about 15. This was something that people that grew up during the great depression and the 2nd world war did not discuss. After asking questions and a little investigating Nadine found out about her mothers true love who was killed during the war. Her mother was married to a Arm The book was good. A true story of a woman (Nina) who grew up during the time of WW2. The story is told by the woman's daughter (Nadine the author). Nadine did not find out her mother had been married before until she was about 15. This was something that people that grew up during the great depression and the 2nd world war did not discuss. After asking questions and a little investigating Nadine found out about her mothers true love who was killed during the war. Her mother was married to a Army air corp pilot (Lyndon) in 1942 and he was killed in 1943 in a plane crash. Nina's dad who was also a WW2 veteran and her mom were married shortly after the war. He was a jealous husband and did not like discussing the first husband so there was no discussion of Lyndon until after the 2nd husbands death. I can relate to this story since I am the same age as Nadine. My mother enjoyed her life before my dad during WW2 in California but did not talk much about it either. My father could not serve in the military because of a heart condition but he tried to enlist in all the military services. It was a different time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Dorwin

    Excellent read Having grown up during WWII, born in 1938, and having a brother, brother-in-law, and cousin in Service, much of this story is familiar to me. My sister and her husband were married on a shore leave, they had been high-school sweethearts, my brother was already married with one child when Pearl Harbor happened and my cousin joined the Navy to avoid the draft. My brother-in-law joined the Navy also and was immediately assigned to the Navy Entertainment branch and spent 1941-1945 in t Excellent read Having grown up during WWII, born in 1938, and having a brother, brother-in-law, and cousin in Service, much of this story is familiar to me. My sister and her husband were married on a shore leave, they had been high-school sweethearts, my brother was already married with one child when Pearl Harbor happened and my cousin joined the Navy to avoid the draft. My brother-in-law joined the Navy also and was immediately assigned to the Navy Entertainment branch and spent 1941-1945 in the East Coast Navy Band. We were a fortunate family. There were no losses to the war. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't help but wonder if the “signed” remains release form was “lost” from the file.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Woods

    Good but dry This story written by a daughter about her mother's life, mostly centered on her mother's two marriages to U.S. WWII servicemen is good, if not a bit dry. The investigation into her mother's first marriage is of the most interest. It was unknown to her until she came across a photograph of her mother's first wedding. She begins questioning her mother about her previous husband over a period of time and over the years does her own research. I found the actual research fascinating. It's Good but dry This story written by a daughter about her mother's life, mostly centered on her mother's two marriages to U.S. WWII servicemen is good, if not a bit dry. The investigation into her mother's first marriage is of the most interest. It was unknown to her until she came across a photograph of her mother's first wedding. She begins questioning her mother about her previous husband over a period of time and over the years does her own research. I found the actual research fascinating. It's a true story and one I'd recommend to readers of WWII history especially in relation to the wives and widows of U.S. servicemen.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Hedden

    If My Heart Had Wings: A World War II Love Story was a great read by Nadine Taylor. This was a true story of star-crossed love, a brutal war, and family secrets that get unraveled. Nina was 22 years old during World War II when she found out that her husband has died overseas. She is running from her grief and decides to upend her life. She moved across the country and remarried very soon. When her daughter is a teenager she discovers a wedding photo that she never seen before and wasn’t of her If My Heart Had Wings: A World War II Love Story was a great read by Nadine Taylor. This was a true story of star-crossed love, a brutal war, and family secrets that get unraveled. Nina was 22 years old during World War II when she found out that her husband has died overseas. She is running from her grief and decides to upend her life. She moved across the country and remarried very soon. When her daughter is a teenager she discovers a wedding photo that she never seen before and wasn’t of her mother and father. She starts to question things as her mother tells her of a life she never knew existed. I enjoyed reading this great true story.

  21. 5 out of 5

    C. S. Anderson-Giles

    Understanding My Parents Reading this story of a life lived with parents who lived through both the Great Depression and World War II brought forth memories of my own young life. So many parallels, from the love of dancing to living with a regimental, sometimes caustic parent (fortunately, without an addiction). Thank you for doing the work to bring to life people who embodied the ideals, struggles, perseverance and triumphs of this great generation. Unless we know the cost paid by our ancestors Understanding My Parents Reading this story of a life lived with parents who lived through both the Great Depression and World War II brought forth memories of my own young life. So many parallels, from the love of dancing to living with a regimental, sometimes caustic parent (fortunately, without an addiction). Thank you for doing the work to bring to life people who embodied the ideals, struggles, perseverance and triumphs of this great generation. Unless we know the cost paid by our ancestors who lived through events we see as just chapters in a history book we are doomed to repeat them. C S

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Schlesinger

    True sweet story, written by the youngest daughter, of her mother who was a war time bride and widow years previous to her current marriage and birth of her children. When the then teenaged daughter accidentally comes across a picture of her mother in a wedding dress she begins to piece together her mother’s story of her first true love and her tragic loss. Told honestly and with tremendous love and respect for her mother, Nadine shares the intimate details of not only her mother’s first marriag True sweet story, written by the youngest daughter, of her mother who was a war time bride and widow years previous to her current marriage and birth of her children. When the then teenaged daughter accidentally comes across a picture of her mother in a wedding dress she begins to piece together her mother’s story of her first true love and her tragic loss. Told honestly and with tremendous love and respect for her mother, Nadine shares the intimate details of not only her mother’s first marriage but the abuse the family suffered at the hands of her second and alcoholic husband.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Erica Eblin

    Lovely story This is a living memorial story about her mother's 1st husband, a WWII pilot that died in action. It was well researched. It was moving. It definitely depicted the social norms of the times. Makes me thankful that women aren't quite as stuck in marriages with abusive alcoholics now like they felt back then. There were moments of laughter and sadness. The author wrote a book her mother probably would've been proud to read. Great for those interested in a more personal looking into liv Lovely story This is a living memorial story about her mother's 1st husband, a WWII pilot that died in action. It was well researched. It was moving. It definitely depicted the social norms of the times. Makes me thankful that women aren't quite as stuck in marriages with abusive alcoholics now like they felt back then. There were moments of laughter and sadness. The author wrote a book her mother probably would've been proud to read. Great for those interested in a more personal looking into lives during WWII.

  24. 4 out of 5

    CarolAnne Bills

    Haunting Love Story Nadine Talor, the author and daughter of Nina Raff Taylor, weaves a compelling story of her mother's first marraige to Lyndon Raff, a WWII pilot, her second (rebound) marriage to Jay Talor, who became a raging alcoholic, and her odyssey to make sense of her dysfunctional family. The author writes with compassion, insight and honesty, uncovering her mother's grief, her father's hideous upbringing, and the tender love story of her mother's first marriage. This is a beautifully w Haunting Love Story Nadine Talor, the author and daughter of Nina Raff Taylor, weaves a compelling story of her mother's first marraige to Lyndon Raff, a WWII pilot, her second (rebound) marriage to Jay Talor, who became a raging alcoholic, and her odyssey to make sense of her dysfunctional family. The author writes with compassion, insight and honesty, uncovering her mother's grief, her father's hideous upbringing, and the tender love story of her mother's first marriage. This is a beautifully written omage to her mother.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    As teen Nadine Taylor discovers her father is actually not her mother’s first husband. Thus starts her decades quest to find out who the mysterious first husband was. At first I wasn’t that excited about the book, but as even more mysteries unfolded, I really got into it and had trouble putting it down. I think growing up in the same Southern CA area in the the time periods as the author helped me to relate.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy G Spivey

    A true story of a WWll war bride, love, lost, redemption, told by her daughter. I really read this book.in one sitting. The inside story of a young love cut short by the war. As she buries her heartache and moves on to another not so happy war marriage, she has two daughters. An old photo leads to the story of two women coming into.their own through lost and live.

  27. 4 out of 5

    R. Walraven

    Close to my heart This story somewhat parallels my recently published WW2 romance . The war years were indelibly printed on our minds as children of that generation. Ms. Taylor...Or may I call you Nadine because I feel as if I know you...has written a fast-paced memoir of a true love story and it's aftermath. Her style is delightfully conversational. Close to my heart This story somewhat parallels my recently published WW2 romance . The war years were indelibly printed on our minds as children of that generation. Ms. Taylor...Or may I call you Nadine because I feel as if I know you...has written a fast-paced memoir of a true love story and it's aftermath. Her style is delightfully conversational.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mafflerb

    Nicely written story. You grow up thinking your parents are what you know of them—like there wasn’t a life before you. Touching love story. Sad that Nina didn’t have a happier life in her 2nd marriage. Also, my dad served in Burma during this same time period. He was in the Army (Calvery) and he talked about recovering supplies the air planes dropped for them. Good read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    VirginiaS. Cook

    Wonderful thoughtful story I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very well written and flows well. Descriptions are so well done I felt like I was there. I could vividly picture the landscapes, activities, the clothes. Overall just an incredible read. Thank you so much for sharing your Mom’s, Lyndon’s and ultimately your story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Stan Hobbs

    Memorial 5 stars,this story about life in the war was reality as we forget battles were fought stateside by those left behind, I was a teenager at that time, losing a cousin while in boot camp, and the circumstances very questionable, I remember the heartbreak for my aunt not getting the answers at losing her only son, she dealt with questions her entire life.

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