Book Review- In Love and War- E.E. Smith | Miki's Hope

Book Review- In Love and War- E.E. Smith

Friday, April 8, 2016


I have read and reviewed Death by Misadventure, the first in the “ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries” series, followed by Bad Blood, Russian Roulette, and Prescription For Murder all written by E.E. Smith. I also read and reviewed Boardinghouse Stew the first book in this series. (Read my review here) as well as Times Like These the second in this amazing series (see my review here). This third book is the continuing saga of the life of this author. And what a life it was and probably still is!! It will take you through some of the most tumultuous times in US history--the end of the Korean War--the Vietnam War--and the changing role women played with the onset of "woman's lib"--and lets not forget Nixon and Watergate!! I personally remember a lot of this myself--it was the best of times and the worst of times. As women we were brought up to be one way--good little housewives who supported out husbands through university degrees and every other calamity life could offer---then that all changed and we had to change with the times. Those of us who literally lived through all this will mostly agree with her conclusion

"As much about war as it is about love, In Love and War suggests that warfare, at least since WW II -- that last "good war" -- is folly. And so, perhaps, is love."


About the Book: (from Amazon)

Was World War II the last "good war," as it has been called, or is "good war" really an oxymoron?
In this memoir, spanning six decades of her life, and as many wars, the author admits that December 7, 1941, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor left us no choice about getting into WW II. But what about the others -- beginning with Korea, which has been called America's "Forgotten War?"

Her story begins in the first full year of that war, 1951, when, as a girl of nineteen she "falls for a uniform" and hastily marries a boy she barely knows. Against all odds, the marriage lasts for 22 years, but finally ends in heartbreak. Now middle-aged, she finds love again with a man who is everything her first husband was not (strong, reliable, caring), but that marriage is short-lived and ends tragically.

As much about war as it is about love, In Love and War suggests that warfare, at least since WW II -- that last "good war" -- is folly. And so, perhaps, is love.

Not everyone will agree with her conclusions, but some may be persuaded by her argument that two things (besides death and taxes) are inevitable.

They are love and war.

Read a chapter or two here

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About the Author: (from the Author's Website)


Evelyn Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is an award-winning playwright of more than a dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew, was inspired by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse in Sacramento during World War II. Times Like These is based on more real-life adventures through the end of WW II, six years of peace, and the beginning of the Korean War. In her next book, In Love and War, Evelyn shared her experiences as a young bride during wartime and how decisions made in haste affected her entire life. She debuted as a mystery writer with Death by Misadventure, the first in the “ALEXIS J. SMITH—Discreet Inquiries” series, followed by Bad Blood, Russian Roulette, and Prescription For Murder.

From the back of the Book:

Evelyn Eileen Smith resides in the San Francisco Bay area and is an award winning playwright of more then a dozen plays. The debut novel, Boardinghouse Stew was inspired by her own real-life experiences working in a boardinghouse in Sacramento during World War II. Times Like These is based on more real-life adventures through the end of WWII, six years of peace, and the beginning of the Korean War.

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10 comments :

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I have a friend that enjoys historic and periodic books. She might enjoy this series.

Scott said...

It's weird for me. I like reading books that take place in wars, but only WWII or earlier. I guess the others are too recent for me since I was alive during most of them.

Angie Church said...

I enjoy historical setting books this sounds like a great read
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Jennifer Johnson said...

I love reading historical books like this! This sounds like a great read to pick up.

Ivonne Tarantino said...

Sounds like a great story! I love these period stories that bring in a bit of history!

Pam@IW said...

I know I would really love this book. I love historical memoirs and this sounds like a great read.

Maureen Campaiola said...

Sounds like a great read. Love historical novesl.

Chastity Beene said...

I am heading to the library this week. Will have to check this book out - sounds intriguing.

Neely said...

I am going to add this to my list of books to read. Sounds so good!

Crystal said...

I hadn't really thought about love and war being so inevitable, but it certainly seems that they've been a part of the human experience. This sounds like a great book set in an interesting time.

 
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