Dear Hubby of Mine

Home Front Wives in War II

Non-Fiction - Historical
192 Pages
Reviewed on 01/09/2020
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I spent over 30 years in corporate and academic marketing in Michigan before moving to Sedona, Arizona, and launching Red Rock Mountain Press. I wrote and published the picture book Shade; a story about a very smart raven, followed by The Author’s Concise Guide to Marketing: how to jumpstart sales of your self-published book for first-time authors needing marketing skills. Responding to the need for a children’s non-fiction book about ravens, I researched and wrote The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird that received recognition as a Panelist Pick in the 2013 Southwest Books of the Year and was a finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards.
About five years ago I started researching and writing my latest book, Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives on World War II.
The letters I used that were shared between my parents are the lovely red thread moving thr story along.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Heather Stockard for Readers' Favorite

When we think of World War II what most often comes to mind are vicious battles, concentration camps, bombs raining down from the sky, Pearl Harbor and the like. Rarely do we give more than a passing thought to the more mundane aspects of wartime in that day and age, such as what went on at home. There were millions of war wives all over the world and this biography, Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives in War II by Diane Phelps Budden, tells their story. The names and circumstances might vary but the experience was generally the same everywhere. Waiting, worrying, rationing, child-rearing and worrying about money were common to most wives.

Diane Phelps Budden tells her parents’ story in Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives in War II. Irma and Lou were separated by the war, but they kept in touch by writing and the occasional phone call. Budden has included excerpts from the hundreds of letters her parents exchanged over the course of World War II and also added interesting historical notes and information. The letters are a fascinating glimpse not just of the war, but of life in the 1930s and '40s. They are sweet and romantic and sometimes playful. But often they are just the everyday happenings, thoughts and feelings of a husband and wife. They’re not love letters in the usual sense, but they are very loving letters that show the ordinary, everyday side of the war. The information included by Budden complements the letters and provides extra insight into a way of life that is gone forever. This book is a must-read for history lovers of all ages.