My Funny Valentine (World War II: When a Hero Comes Marching Home)

My Funny Valentine (World War II: When a Hero Comes Marching Home)[Reading] ➸ My Funny Valentine (World War II: When a Hero Comes Marching Home) Author Judith Laik – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk Praise for My Funny Valentine Friends to forever love, such a sweet treat Heather Hiestand, author of The Marquess of Cake Heartwarming, tender, and with just enough intrigue Judith Laik s story evoke Praise for My Funny Valentine Friends to forever love, such a sweet treat Heather My Funny PDF/EPUB or Hiestand, author of The Marquess of Cake Heartwarming, tender, and with just enough intrigue Judith Laik s story evokes the nostalgic romance of the Greatest Generation and the Big Band era Jacquie Rogers, author of the Hearts of Owyhee series Overview of My Funny Valentine, the nd in the World War II When a Hero Comes Marching Home series Norma McIlroy is holding out for a hero of her own It shouldn t be hard when World War II is raging and every able bodied young man wants to do his part But true heroes prove elusive than Norma dreamed Frank Atwater wanted nothing than the chance to give his all for his country, and was devastated to be rejected by the armed forces He knows Norma will never see the true love hidden behind his Coke bottle glasses When danger threatens Norma, can Frank prove he s got the right stuff after all. Ever since I saw Captain America, I have had a soft spot for stories set in WWII My Funny Valentine doesn t disappoint I loved seeing things through Norma s eyes, listening to the songs of the era, and seeing Tacoma as it was in the 40 s I fell in love with Frank early on and wasthan a little frustrated that it took Norma so long to see him asthan just a buddy and confidant.The only problem I had with this book was the way time progressed Each new scene was months later, at times Ever since I saw Captain America, I have had a soft spot for stories set in WWII My Funny Valentine doesn t disappoint I loved seeing things through Norma s eyes, listening to the songs of the era, and seeing Tacoma as it was in the 40 s I fell in love with Frank early on and wasthan a little frustrated that it took Norma so long to see him asthan just a buddy and confidant.The only problem I had with this book was the way time progressed Each new scene was months later, at times almost a year IMO, especially during war time, people realize how fleeting life is, how precious it can be And I just had a hard time imagining that Norma dated all those duds and didn t end up marrying the best of the bunch I kept expecting Frank to have found someone else in the time it took her to realize he was the one It was just a tad hard to believe.Loved the drama when they traveled overseas Loved that they both could sing and perform Loved the rescue mission and the supporting characters that reminded us that just because our boys were over there, the war was affecting families all across Europe.I have a couple of other Judith Laik books on my Kindle and I look forward to reading those as well As Valentine s Day drew to a close, I spotted this short story offered free for the day Having just finished a tense mystery, I thought this would be a perfect interlude, a sweet space between the murderers of the last book and the thieves of the next I was right and so very very wrong.Norma McIlroy and Frank Atwater are active volunteers with the USO in Tacoma, WA It is 1943 and WWII is in full swing, with servicemen constantly moving in and out of the naval base there Frank volunteers beca As Valentine s Day drew to a close, I spotted this short story offered free for the day Having just finished a tense mystery, I thought this would be a perfect interlude, a sweet space between the murderers of the last book and the thieves of the next I was right and so very very wrong.Norma McIlroy and Frank Atwater are active volunteers with the USO in Tacoma, WA It is 1943 and WWII is in full swing, with servicemen constantly moving in and out of the naval base there Frank volunteers because he wants to support the war effort and the servicemen, coke bottle glasses the evidence of why he cannot himself serve Norma volunteers because she is looking to fulfill her childhood dream of finding a knight in shining armor And the current knights all wear military uniforms instead of chain mail She is also under emotional pressure as she is the last of her family and her social circle to remain unmarried.As the story opens on Valentine s Day of 1943, you think that this will follow a typical scenario Norma gets dumped by yet another serviceman and she finally sees the treasure and the love behind those coke bottle glasses Oh, Norma gets dumped alright, but that is all she sees, other than her own unfilled wishes and her own pain And the scene closes.Then the next scene opens three months later, in May 1943 What Wait just a minute That s not how a sweet Valentine s Day romance is supposed to go But that s how Judith Laik takes the story Told in third person from Norma s point of view, we follow Norma through severalromantic dead ends, always confiding in and leaning on her best friend, Frank Then we see Norma experience a confusing bout of jealousy when she first sees Frank in the company of another woman And she simply cannot understand the feelings of restlessness and despair she feels when that best friend must make repeated trips to his boyhood home, a ranch in Montana, after the critical wartime injury of his brother.Laik spins this 60 page short story through twoValentine s Days and nearly two and one half years total in time She spins what was promoted as a short, sweet romance into a tension building and well written thriller as Norma, Frank and their USO troupe find themselves in post surrender Europe, trapped behind Russian lines.This may be a short story but the author does not skimp on detail or reality in either the climax or the closing scene And by the end, both Norma and the reader learn a few basic truths.Norma learns not to judge the proverbial book by its cover, that going off to war does not a knight in shining armor make And she learns that when it comes time to save a life, her true hero wears coke bottle glasses and cowboy boots instead of a military uniform and he wields a rope and a pistol instead of an M 1 rifle.And the reader learns not to pre judge a book by its promotional blurb Another excellent bookThis was a great book I loved the storyline and the historical information as well I look forward to reading the next book.