Friday, June 17, 2011

Next to Love by Ellen Feldman


Men leaving, women hoping, both wanting to return to normal, but.......WW II was on the verge of beginning.  

Millie, Grace, and Babe were the best of friends and endured the time while their husbands were gone.  They passed the time writing letters to them and waiting for letters in return.  Two weeks passed without any word from their husbands and that could only mean one thing.  When the Telegram from the War Department arrived, it confirmed their worst nightmare.

The book was nostalgic, poignant, and filled with emotions you definitely became a part of.   You will be able to follow the women through their daily with her man who came back and two who had to carry on alone.  The author allows you to see what life was like family wise and economic wise during the post-war era.  

I always enjoy historical fiction, and Next to Love won't disappoint you in terms of feeling as if you are with the characters as they suffer, remember, love, and continue their lives after the war. 

My rating is a HUGE 5/5.  Feldman is an extraordinary, detailed writer….I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I was wonderful.


  1. I love reading about that time period. This book sounds like a must read!!

  2. I love reading historical fiction set during WWII ... definitely adding this to my wishlist! Thanks for the great review!

  3. I loved this book, too! My review is here if you're interested. I definitely will read more by this author in the future.

    I will link to your review on War Through the Generations.

  4. i've been excited to read this book ever since i started seeing the book in people's mailbox monday. i'm glad to see that the book didn't disappoint! now i just need to get myself a copy of it.

  5. Wow. This sounds so good. Just like "my kind" of book. I wish I had it right now!

  6. was sooooo good.

    Won't be released until July 26, though. I received it as an ARC copy.

  7. So glad to find someone who loved this book as well! It is one of the best books of this year for sure.