Dream When You're Feeling Blue

Dream When You're Feeling Blue

[a Novel]

Audiobook CD - 2007
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Through their letters sisters Kitty and Louise tell their tales after watching the boys leave for battle during World War II and Kitty joining the USO as a dancer.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2007
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780739325469
9781415938577
1415938571
Characteristics: 8 sound discs (ca. 75 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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lucky38
Mar 05, 2013

I loved this book. The 3 sisters going to dances where the soldiers were and cheering them up before they shipped out. I was drawn to Kitty and Louise. Kitty had the stronger personality. At night they would write letters to the soldiers. The sentimential songs that were so popular during war time were and still are wonderful. Louise knew all along what she wanted, a husband and children, and just stay home and take care of everyone. Kitty realized she wanted more and went about getting it. a nice surprise ending. I won't spoil it for others who might read these comments.!

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maipenrai
Feb 10, 2013

**** Stars Very nice World War II era novel - Berg is always excellent at character development - deals with the loves and losses of 3 Irish sisters in Chicago - recommend

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hitthebooks
Nov 11, 2011

This really made me think what it would have been like back in the day. Great detail about the war and it's toll on families. But the ending was kind of weird. Why Kitty didn't marry the man she loved and her sisters kept taking her boyfriends and marrying them I'll never know. Just proves you shouldn't wait so long to tell someone you want to be with them only.

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happy7
Feb 19, 2010

At first I thought this audio book was a sappy love story taking place during WWII but as the audio book progressed I really enjoyed it. In the shadow of war, this book gives a little peek into how much people gave up and struggled, in order to support their boys at war. Families and communities went on for better or for worse and the things we take for granted now, were treasured items then.
In the end, you become grateful that you don't have to live off of some of the meals these families had to endure and appreciate the things you have no matter how much or how little.

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KarenW
Jul 20, 2007

Once again Elizabeth Berg had me turning the pages late into the night, and just loving every word. The story was right up my alley - World War II home front described in perfect detail. And while most World War II home front novels are set in the UK, this one was set in Chicago in a large family consisting of three older sisters and three younger brothers. Each character is richly drawn even down to the youngest, Binks. Although their mother and father seem caricatures of Irish family life from a black and white Hollywood movie, you come to see their flaws as well as the good side that deviates from the norm. However it is Kitty that I was most drawn to. She is the charming and careless sister that everyone loves and it isn''t until she realizes her shallow nature that she becomes the woman she was meant to be. And she finds a man that makes her heart leap with joy! And then just when I start to think that maybe Elizabeth Berg is a grand author and this is one of the best books I have read, the ending hits you smack in the face. And not a nice smack either. Truly a disappointment, but I can learn to forget the tacked on epilogue and re-write my own ending! Ahh, that''s much better!

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clarelink
May 09, 2007

I'm a great fan of Elizabeth Berg. I discovered her after seeing a movie called "Open House" based on one of her books. I've now read them all and can't wait for the next one to be printed. If you're a fan of the WW II era, this is an especially good book to read.

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