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Homefront Heroines

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Review of Moonlight Serenade by Rita Gerlach: Set during World War II in Washington D.C. this story is a need to read! I love anything WWII and this story is a new favorite!
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I received an ARC from Barbour Publishing, Inc., via NetGalley this review is my personal opinion. 

Lovely collection, one of the things I like is how different, but a the same time how each author complement each story. You can see the dedication to not only historical details, but also good characters and great descriptions. Each one of the story focus, in my opinion, an important topic. In the case of the first one, is how God guides our steps and takes us to the right place at the right time if we listen to his voice. The second one, remind us of the importance of forgiveness, letting go of the guilt, and how a community can move on for good even in the middle of the war. The third one shows what happens when you can move on past hurt and sorrow and how God has a different path if we decide to let go of anger. And the final one( I must say my favorite one). All do, yes is a fiction story. I know many can relate to that crossroads moment when you need to decide and are unsure and how wonderful is when we decided to trust God and do his will for us.

If you enjoy historical Christian fiction and if you are a fan of everything related to WWII, this collection is a  wonderful choice. Well written, balance, second chance, a good historical background, and faith.
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These were great stories of women during wartime. Each story showed a different aspect of wartime and I loved the historical details. 
Many thanks to Barbour Publishing and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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These four stories of women working and finding love on the homefront during WWII will warm your heart and refresh your soul.
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Homefront Heroines is a delightful collection of stories!   It's one of the best of Barbour Publishings collections!  WW2 is the backdrop, and each novella brings a couple together through their wartime efforts, each in a unique set of circumstances.   Some of the heroines take places formerly held by men doing work welding and guarding critical war facilities.   One woman helps her community create a Victory garden, which helped feed populations during wartime rationing. 

My favorite of the four was by Amanda Barratt, which begins in the unlikely place of Hollywood, bringing together a famous actor and a small-town girl.   It chronicles their romantic meeting, wartime contributions, and how the Lord brings them together again as she works as a nurse, and he returns, requiring her care in a rehab hospital.  

I am grateful to the publisher and to NetGalley for providing me with an ARC for this, my honest review.
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Home Front Heroines is collection of World War II stories. Without giving the stories away, I will say they were all five star and in each one, I learned some history with which I was unfamiliar. These stories have played over and over in my mind. The characters were “real” people. Stories like these were repeated by others during this war era. I know because my parents often spoke of how they met while my father was home on leave. I could almost hear my parents voices as I read.

I received an ARC copy of this ebook from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley and was under no obligation to write a review.
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I always enjoy reading stories that are set in the World War II era.  Each of these stories has its own unique look at different American situations during that time, and each “heroine” has her own role to play in the war effort.  These ladies had their own special way of showing courage, faith, and determination in the most difficult of times.

The authors have done a good job explaining their research into these stories and I learned new things about each setting.  Because these stories are somewhat shorter than a regular novel, the action in the storylines are more compressed.  There were a couple of the endings that seemed a little abrupt, but that didn’t take away from my enjoyment of the story.  The romances are sweet and tender and the songs from that era seemed to take on a special meaning in each story.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.
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I enjoyed that all four stories in this anthology were completely different.  The only thing that tied them together was WWII, my favorite era in literature.  All of the stories were well written.  The authors had obviously done their homework in the details of WWII America.  The different settings were perfect.  Each story seemed to get better than the one before, with the final two stories being the best.  I loved the mystery in "BlueMoon" and I loved the glamour of 1945 Hollywood.in "Dream a Little Dream".
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Homefront Heroes is a collection of historical novellas.  Set in the 40s, which happens to be my favorite time period to read about, each story is well written and enjoyable.  This collection is well worth your time.
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Full of 40s charm, patriotism, and swoon-worthy romance, Homefront Heroines is a lovely collection, perfect for fans of authors such as Sarah Sundin and Cara Putman. Readers are treated to four delightfully different stories; a farm girl grieving a lost brother; a young woman who encourages her community to plant victory gardens; a girl doing her part for the war effort in the hills of Kentucky; a former librarian turned nurse who has a chance encounter with a movie star. With rich period detail, the spirit of the 40s and those that kept the home fires stirring comes to life throughout the book. Each story has a swift pace to keep you turning pages, and enough warmth to linger in your heart long after the last sentence. Inspirational readers across the board will find something to love in this collection. Highly recommend!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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Home Front Heroines  is a good collection of historical novellas.  Each selection is well written.  If you enjoy reading historical fiction this just might be the book for you.  I received an arc from the publisher and Netgalley and this is my unbiased review.
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Homefront Heroines by various authors is a collection of stories showing how the women left at home during World War II supported the troops fighting overseas.
Moonlight Serenade by Rita Gerlach- Kate St. Clare has just learned that her brother and fiancé have been lost to the war. How will she go on? She sees an ad for the U.S. Employment Service and decides to sign on and is soon off to Washington DC to work in a factory. She meets a childhood friend who is on leave and spends time with him. Will more develop than friendship? 
Only Forever by Lauralee Bliss- Marilyn Pearl’s brother has gone off to fight in the war and she wants to make a difference too. Through her friend Arthur McNamara she learns about the Victory Garden program and decides to start a group in their town. Will more than plants be blooming?
Blue Moon by Johnnie Alexander- Kathleen is a patrol officer protecting the Norris Dam and other military installations in the area. One night she decides to break protocol and take a walk after curfew with her dog Liberty to see the blue moon. They happen upon someone near the dam and Liberty is shot. Kathleen apprehends the suspect but things are not all as they seem. Her life is turned upside down as she is reassigned. Will she also find love in this confusion?
Dream a Little Dream by Amanda Barratt- Rosemary is a library assistant and is on vacation visiting Hollywood. She meets the handsome Cliff Powell who takes her out to a fancy restaurant and dining. He is soon enlisted in the military and she makes her dream of becoming a nurse come true. Will they meet again or will they just have that one night to dream of forever?
These stories are very well written and I enjoyed each one very much. I give this collection 5 of 5 stars. I recommend it to everyone.
I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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The four novellas in this collection center around the women who worked during World War II, some in factories--like shipyards, munitions factories, etc.  My favorite novella is by Johnnie Alexander, and details the story of a young woman who is doing security work for the Tennessee Valley Authority.  In the course of her work, she has been assigned a German Shepherd named "Liberty."  On one night when she was off duty, she ran into a man trying to sneak into a secure area with a dam.  In the chaos of the situation, he shoots her dog.  When she finally takes control of the circumstances, she realizes that the man is the one who broke her heart when he signed up for the Army.  Because of her skills and his assignment in Intelligence, they are both given an assignment that require them to pretend they don't know each other.  I've read several of Johnnie's full length novels and find that her writing is intriguing and compelling and it was worth every minute of reading. 

One or two of the stories are a bit abrupt and lack the depth of this one, but overall, I truly enjoyed the stories and applaud Barbour Books for pulling together such a quality read.

This is a solid four stars.  My thanks go to Barbour Books and NetGalley.com for providing the galley I read for this review.
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Overall, Homefront Heroines is a great collection for any history lover or WWII buff. If you love Sarah Sundin’s books (and what’s not to love), you’ll definitely enjoy this collection. I included individual thoughts for each novella below.

Moonlight Serenade by Rita Gerlach
I had to push my way through this. The romance was rushed, and I didn’t find it believable. I know a lot of romances may have been rushed back then because of the war, but I’ve never been a believer in love at first sight. However, I did enjoy the look into women working for the war effort. I also liked that the focus stayed on Kate and the work she was doing.

Only Forever by Lauralee Bliss
This was a sweet and well-written story. The fact that Marilyn and Art already know each other makes the quick timeline believable. And Art is such a sweet character, you can’t help but root for him to get the girl.

Blue Moon by Johnnie Alexander
This was my favorite. There’s plenty of suspense and action, and Kathleen and Roger’s interactions made their relationship come alive. I think Johnnie Alexander outdid herself here. My only complaint is the way it ended. The characters needed to have a conversation, and I wanted to see it, but instead it happened “off-screen” and we find out about it later. But other than that, it’s a fast and delightful read.

Dream a Little Dream by Amanda Barratt
This was my second favorite and a wonderful way to complete the collection. Amanda Barratt does a great job showing her characters’ personalities, and I loved seeing the way Cliff and Rosemary transform over the years. The romance is sweet and well-paced. No doubt you’ll be swept away by Cliff just like Rosemary is.

(Review will go live on the blog on Dec. 27 at 5:00 pm)
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This is a refreshing collection of novellas which take place during World War II. Each of the four heroines are strong characters who are determined to do their part,in the war effort. There is a strong Christian message running through each story and also some wartime romance. I enjoy World War II historical fiction and recommend this set of novellas to anyone who who enjoys this genre.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Barbour Publishers. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
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Homefront Heroines: 4 Young Women Dream of Victory and Love During WWII is a collection of four stories. These stories include: 
Moonlight Serenade by Rita Gerlach
Only Forever by Lauralee Bliss
Blue Moon by Johnnie Alexander
Dream a Little Dream by Amanda M Barratt
I enjoyed this collection. My favorite is Rita Gerlach's Moonlight Serenade. I believe readers who enjoy sweet World War II era romance would enjoy this one. 
Four stars.
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My Thoughts: The collection as a whole is a historical goldmine. I loved how each story took a drastically different look at life during the war. There are nurses, secret agents, soldiers, gardeners, and factory workers. The concept behind each story was a hit with me, but I thought that the majority of them needed to be fleshed out a bit more in one way or another.  

Moonlight Serenade was very well researched. There were several little nuggets weaved into each scene. Sadly I struggled to feel fully connected to the characters.

Only Forever showed one of the ways people were taken advantage of during the war which was an interesting side to the war that I never considered before.

Blue Moon had the strongest start of the entire set, but the mystery would have benefitted from a little more room, so it could truly marinate and deepen. 

Dream a Little Dream was my favorite of the set. It took me back to Old Hollywood and gave me a tender romance. 

Rating and Recommendation: I'm giving the set 4 stars and recommending it to those who enjoy Christian Historical Fiction. 

~ I received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley. All thoughts are my own. I was not compensated for this review or required to give a favorable one.
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I knew this would be an intriguing collection with titles like, Moonlight Serenade, Only Forever, Blue Moon and Dream a Little Dream. Each of these novellas are ones you won't want to put down. I found myself staying up late each night so I could finish them. Each story is about a strong independent woman who is doing her part here in the US to support our troops during WWII. Each contain action, adventure, intrigue and romance. I like to read these collections because I often get to read a new to me author. Johhnie Alexander, Amanda Barrett, Lauralee Bliss and Rita Gerlach all did an excellent job. I would definitely recommend  Homefront Heroines.  I received a copy of this book from Barbour Books  through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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"Homefront Heroines" by authors Rita Gerlach, Lauralee Bliss, Johnnie Alexander, and Amanda M. Barratt is a pleasant collection of stories filled with love and sacrifice as women go beyond the call to help their nation during World War II. Each story takes the reader to a new situation where we learn that, in spite of war, love continues to find a way. The varied styles of the authors is obvious from story to story, but the book finishes very strong with the work of Ms. Barratt. 



Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
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Homefront Heroines
By Johnnie Alexander, Amanda Barratt, Lauralee Bliss, Rita Gerlach
War is certainly not romantic but I always enjoy a good wartime romance story. This collection was full of adventure, intrigue, and romance although I didn’t care for Only Forever. These stories represented 4 different positions of heroines during WW2. I enjoyed thinking about what I might have done to aid in the war effort and if called to take action on how I would respond. This quote is from Blue Moon and reminded me how to simplify tough situations, “Assess the situation. Adapt to the situation. Act on the situation.” Prayer is action even if it doesn’t feel like much at the time. I am learning that prayer is the only action you can or should take at times and that is hard. I imagine that family and friends felt this way as they sent their loved ones to aid in the war effort. Our country seems to be at odds with itself and I can say with certainty that prayer is needed to see this country through. Take a minute with me and pray for our leaders both in Washington and locally. Pray for our educators and pastors. Pray for your community and church. Pray for your friends and family. Pray for yourself. We all need God to guide our path and lead us in His ways. 
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion shared here.
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