In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Audrey Stone wants to help in the war effort. But what is a young schoolteacher from Nebraska to do? When her community starts a canteen at the train station, Audrey finds her place. She spends nearly every spare moment there, offering food and kindness to the soldiers passing through. Despite her busyness, Audrey does allow some time to get to know a handsome rancher.
Picture WWII in little 'ol North Platte, NE and all of a sudden train after train full of soldiers heading off to war start coming through and stopping in North Platte for about 10 minutes a stop. The residents of this western Nebraska town came together and started providing food, magazines, birthday cakes, stamps, and more for the soldiers (all for free). This went on for a long time. Cara Putman uses the canteen at the North Platte Depot as her back drop for the story of Audrey and Willard as they meet with the War raging in the background. Audrey volunteers at the canteen and Willard is a farmer's son who wants to do his part for the war - the only problem is that the army keeps telling him that his part is to stay home and farm... romance, history, and conflict - a wonderful debut novel from Cara.
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Review 2 for Canteen Dreams
Date:May 8, 2008
This is an excellent debut novel by a promising new author. The WWII setting is unique and fresh--especially using the canteens as a means of showing support to soldiers (too bad we don't still practice support so readily!). The storyline moved at a good pace, holding my interest, and the characters were believable. I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to more releases by this author!
This historical romance rocked! I love it when true events are used for novels because I feel like I learn something at the same time. This story revealed several things to me that I hadn't thought about before. Like how some men weren't drafted because of their importance to the United States food supply and industries that helped the war effort. It was refreshing to also read about the town of North Platte's support of the "boys" going to war no matter where they came from. Since Vietnam, our troops have been given such mixed messages about their value. It would be awesome if they were supported like that again. I also enjoyed the romance and the romantic tension. Audrey had such conflicted feelings, as did Willard, and it was enjoyable to go through the ups and downs with them. The way Audrey dealt with her issues was to work all the time so she didn't have to confront them. Isn't that typical of many of us? The way Willard and Audrey resolved their lack of faith came out naturally as well, especially when it came to giving up their own plans and embracing God's plan for them. Very encouraging to read. The setting and voice were also perfectly done. I was there! Folks, this is a great debut novel. I can't wait to read the rest of them.