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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.