World War II provides the background for a novel about three young people; Tommie, Jack and Dorothy and their challenges, struggles, defeats and triumphs.
Tommie struggles to survive the Bataan Death March in the fall of 1941, clinging to his dream of a gratifying future with Dorothy as his bride. On the frontlines of the European Theatre, Jack experiences the horrors of endless battle. Dorothy,
caught between the two, works to maintain her dream of a life beyond small-town Nebraska. The hopes and hardships they share are reflected in the letters that they exchange. Are they remnants of lost dreams, or the foundation for a joyful future?
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About the Author
Jo is passionate about promoting childhood literacy and spends many hours volunteering in reading programs throughout the Denver Metro area. She lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband, Bill, and she enjoys outdoor photography, long walks in the Rocky Mountains and spending time with her grandson, Cyrus.
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite My Darling Dorothy by Jo Ann Virden is a historical event/era novel that takes place during World War II. This is a book that would appeal most to a mixed audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy historical fiction with romance, and who do not mind explicit language and sexual situations. The book is based on real letters that were sent during the Great Depression and World War II. The book follows three main characters - Tommie, Jack, and Dorothy - through their highs and lows. Dorothy is a young woman working to keep her dreams alive in a small down in Nebraska while finding her heart caught between Tommie and Jack. Tommie gets himself through the Bataan Death March with the dream of marrying Dorothy; while Jack meanwhile is forced to face the horrors of war on the front lines in Europe. To whom will Dorothy give her heart? Will she make the right choice, and will love overcome all? My Darling Dorothy by Jo Ann Virden was a perfect balance between historical accuracy, romantic entanglements, and a unique plot line. I personally found the book to be rather melancholy at times as it did an accurate job of truly showing the horrors of the time period and the pain of war. The author did a spectacular job in developing Tommie, Jack, and Dorothy equally, and forming each character into a unique personality with realistic feelings and actions. Yet, Dorothy quickly became my favorite character as I just found myself drawn to her and able to understand her the most from a female to female standpoint. Overall, I enjoyed the blend of history with romance and I hope that author decides to write a follow up novel as there were some characters that I would love to explore further!
The inspiration from a bundle of letters from World War II found in her parent's basement, led author Jo Virden to pen the beautifully written historical fiction, My Darling Dorothy. The author utilized these authentic letters to weave a timeless account into the friendships, romantic relationships, and the trials and tribulations between three young people through their letter correspondence during the Great Depression and World War II years of 1930s-1940s. Set in Nebraska, Europe, and the Philippines, the readers follow the evolving lives of Dorothy, Jack, and Tommie, the two young men who she fell in love with, during the World War II time period. The reader is easily drawn into these three young people's lives filled with hopes, dreams, hardships, emotional traumas, challenges, struggles, love, losses, and successes that they experienced during this difficult time period. My Darling Dorothy is an emotional and compelling tale that will tug at the heartstrings and stir the soul. You can't help but get drawn in as Dorothy, Jack, and Tommie's story unfolds. The author does a wonderful job of writing an intricate and romantic tale rich in authentic historical description of the Great Depression and World War II years, and masterfully interweave it with Dorothy, Jack, and Tommie's true-to-life experiences. This is an amazing story that will take the reader on an emotional journey that will resonate with them for a very long time. Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.