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Dearest ones : a true World War II love story
Norwalk, Rosemary, 1919-
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New York : J. Wiley, 1999.
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xi, 275 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Based on letters and journal entries, this memoir of a World War II Red Cross volunteer tells the story of the little known women and men whose combined efforts made the difference in the outcome of the war. It provides a depiction of American spirit and life in war-time England. The author's love story (and the love stories of her friends) illuminates war-time relationships, showing with sensitivity how they developed and how they were understood and accepted at the time.

Author Notes

ROSEMARY NORWALK married in 1946 and pursued a career as a fashion buyer in St. Louis and then in advertising and public relations in Seattle, where she still lives with her husband, Bob. They recently celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

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Booklist Review

Norwalk's personal account of the end of WWII is presented in the wonderfully vivid letters and journal entries she wrote while working as a Red Cross volunteer. In 1944, at the age of 25, Norwalk left her family and a good job in San Francisco to travel to Washington, D.C., where she underwent Red Cross training. Her letters home convey her excitement as well as intimate details that render her experiences unique and interesting. She is sent to England, where she is put in charge of a clubmobile, a vehicle that brings coffee and doughnuts to soldiers. Norwalk captures the complexity of what sounds like a rather mundane job, explaining how the volunteers provided sustenance and comradeship to the soldiers, even as she tried to stay aloof, realizing that it was all too easy to succumb to a wartime romance. Norwalk portrays the best and the worst of human nature in her worthwhile and fascinating letters, which come complete with photos and an epilogue telling readers what happened to people they will soon think of as friends. --Patty Engelmann

Library Journal Review

Norwalk provides a vivid account of her service with the American Red Cross in England and on the continent during and immediately after World War II. Her book consists of her World War II journal, a scattering of period documents, and letters home to her family in California. These varied sources describe both her duties and her fascination with Europe's history and people. Readers of Norwalk's generation will enjoy her story of hard work, service, and falling in love with her G.I. husband. Academic readers will profit from the views of this liberated University of California graduate who moved from retail management to nonprofit management yet still was awed by a Buckingham Palace garden party. Norwalk's writing shows an awareness of racial, ethnic, and social prejudices and a can-do attitude in coping with sexual harassment and the possible dangers of wartime romance. Recommended for larger public and academic libraries.¬ĎSusan A. Stussy, Kansas City, KS (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Off We Go, Destination Unknown
Somewhere in England
Falling in Love
Victory at Hand
The Journey Towards Home