The world is at war, but can their love survive?
Barbara Howell isn’t your typical girl. Since she was little, Barb was told she had one job—find a husband and give him children. Instead of conforming to her mother and society, Barb chooses Wellesley College in favor of finding a husband. And in meeting Lois Dubbs, her whirlwind of a roommate, Barb finally finds where she fits in the world—at Wellesley.
In her determination to embrace nonconformity, and displease her mother, Barb closes herself off to even the possibility of finding love. She has no interest in being arm candy, or taking the back seat to a man—especially one who intentionally antagonizes and teases her… Even if he does have the most dazzling blue eyes she’s ever seen.
From the moment he laid eyes on her, Van Judson knew Barb was the girl for him. Luckily for him, Van is patient—which he needs to be when dealing with a feisty dame like Barb.
Around Van, Barb slowly lowers her guard and comes to realize she has lessons to learn that cannot be taught in a classroom. Soon she is swept away on a current of first love and infatuation. But Barb is about to discover that falling in love is the easy part…
When Pearl Harbor is attacked, recruitment offices are flooded with determined young men… And Van is no exception. The world is at war. How can Barb and Van survive the distance…and the danger?
Review: The more I read Historical Romance novels the more I am finding out that I really enjoy them. There is just something that seems so much easier about life back then. In this case the book takes place around 1941 and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
In When You’re Gone we are introduced right off the bat to Barb and her family, her older sister Anna and their parents. I learned quick that Barb is the same kind of woman that I am. Strong, independent, and stubborn. Which isn’t always a good thing, especially back in the 1940’s. The late 30’s was still one of those times were it was believed that women should be at home with the kids and taking care of the house while the husband was out working. That however was not how Barb saw her life.
This book is told from the point of view of Barb, and I was instantly drawn to her character. The author really dives into the characters and let’s you see who they are, and what makes them tick. I found it made things a lot easier in following the story and understanding why she would do certain things.
The love that she wasn’t looking for and didn’t want was found in Van, the male lead in the book. The connection was one that he realized right off the bat but it took Barb quite awhile to let him in. Van was willing to wait though. He saw what they could have and was willing to wait and work for it.
The multiple settings that are used throughout the book are also well written. But again I believe that it is the clarity of which the character’s are written that made the story for me.
Because of the detail in the story and with the characters I give this book a 5 Rose rating.
Favorite Quote: “Disappointed that you didn’t get a chance to embarrass me, since you thought your knowledge of the Divine Comedy was more superior to mine?”