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Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives of World War II

Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives of World War II

by Diane Phelps Budden
Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives of World War II

Dear Hubby of Mine: Home Front Wives of World War II

by Diane Phelps Budden



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Touching letters written by a loving couple; musty letters that detail past lives—my parents’ letters. A housewife and her sailor husband with shared immigrant experiences penned more than 500 letters during World War II, and the letters inform this book. Abridged versions of the letters weave a loving romantic story with actual events occurring on the home front and the battlefront. The letters are further brought to life through the 25 original family photographs and remembrances from the period.
The 75th anniversary of the end of World War II will be celebrated in 2020. Most of the participants have passed on. While servicemen’s stories have been broadly told, the tales of the resolute war wives, who had a significant impact on the outcome of the war and the well-being of the country, have not been widely shared. While some women joined the military, and others entered the workforce for the first time, the majority stayed at home to raise children. Dear Hubby of Mine focuses on this latter group of women whose stories have been under-represented and largely uncelebrated in World War II literature.
In addition, my parents’ immigrant backgrounds formed in the Hungarian community in Cleveland, Ohio, shed light on the experiences of other minority groups and refugees that came before and after them. While many readers may see the story as a touching romance, and it is, others may appreciate the depiction of the country in the 1940s under wartime conditions and how that influenced America’s culture in the decades to come. Women charted new roles during the war that led to new freedoms in the years ahead and eventually brought about major societal changes.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940164741167
Publisher: Diane Phelps Budden
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: eBook
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Diane Phelps Budden of Sedona, AZ spent over 30 years in corporate and academic marketing before beginning her writing career, and self-publishing Shade; a story about a very smart raven. With this experience, she wrote and self-published The Author’s Concise Guide to Marketing: how to jumpstart sales of your self-published book for first-time authors needing marketing skills. In 2013, Budden responded to the need for a non-fiction book about ravens for middle grade children, as well as adult raven lovers, by publishing The Un-Common Raven: one smart bird. This title is illustrated with beautiful photographs by Loren Haury of Sedona, and contains glossary, bibliography, and index to assist teachers with classroom activities. Highly recommended by Midwest Book Review; finalist in the New Mexico-Arizona 2013 Book Awards.

Table of Contents



  1. An Immigrant Girl Grows Up in the Great Depression
  2. The Newlyweds
  3. 1943: Boot Camp Blues
  4. 1944: Daddy’s All Gone
  5. 1945, Winter: Miss You So Much
  6. 1945, Spring: When Will it All End?
  7. 1945, Fall: The Home Stretch

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