Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Review: Canteen Dreams by Cara Putman

Series: Cornhusker Dreams #1
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Whisper Valley
Released: Jan. 25, 2017
210 pages
About the Book:

In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Nebraska schoolteacher Audrey Stone wants to support the war effort in any way she can. When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. She never expected to fall for a local boy…or face the challenges of budding love in the face of war.

Rancher Willard Johnson admires Audrey’s passionate nature, but when his brother is killed in action, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. His father insists he stay, but Willard knows he must go. Reality intrudes, and he never expected the jealousy he experiences when he sees those in uniform.

Can Willard’s budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the other soldiers at the canteen steal her heart?


My Rating & Thoughts:    

I enjoyed that this story revolved around true events, the impact of the Pearl Harbor attack on a small town in Nebraska and their response to the war effort by establishing the canteen for soldiers passing through town. I enjoyed Audrey’s selfishness and dedication to this volunteer work in addition to her teaching job. It was Willard’s attitude that I had problems with. He came across as very selfish, when he couldn’t do what he wanted to do he seems to take it out on everyone around him. He was hard to like when his attitude was rotten, but he could be very sweet when his attitude was better. I enjoyed that turning to God for guidance was a major part of the story. Both sets of parents encouraged Audrey and Willard to pray about their feelings, not just in regard to their relationship but also the direction of their life. 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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