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by Carrie Nyman

eBook Why Aren't You Sweet Like Me?: Based on a true World War II love story download ISBN: 1620060140
Author: Carrie Nyman
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc. (April 9, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 264
ePub: 1892 kb
Fb2: 1407 kb
Rating: 4.6
Other formats: lit txt lrf azw
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

A young couple, Camille “Honey” Shaughnessy and Don Shepard fall in love on the eve of World War II. As America enters the war, and Don is pressured into the service by his father, the two newlyweds struggle to maintain contact. Don becomes a hero, saving the lives of his comrades, but will he make it home alive? Why Aren’t You Sweet Like Me? is a novel based on the actual love letters exchanged between the author’s grandparents.
Comments: (7)
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First let me speak of the story construction. It is imaginative in how it introduces and sets each of the main characters. We enter their lives and heads, and I must say that the author is astonishing gifted in creating well-rounded three-dimensional characters who truly differ from each other and who are flawed and strong in finely detailed, real-feeling ways. Both main characters drive me crazy in the consistently stupid and hurtful ways they treated each other--but this was done in such a well-crafted way that it led to an excellent appreciation of them as real people.

The better part of the story arc that develops is this wonderful, strong, true relationship of people who can barely abide to be with each other in the beginning but who eventually become a couple, and not through a treacle-y, deus ex machina change of heart. The author shows true love and affection--in the most literal sense--growing in different ways with the two of them.

The surprise is not that this is a good book, but just how good it is. It is simply a wonderful story of people.

I was going to ding it a bit for some style problems - a few misspelled words here and, and some random capitalization choices, but while that can catch the eye, the story was so charming I just overlooked it.
I enjoyed the period touches in this book - the fashion, for instance, girdles and stockings and very fitted dresses, wearing a hat for an everyday event, a man going on a picnic with the fellow in dress slacks, shirt and tie! The language was fun, too, but not quite as authentic as I would have hoped (if you don't know the original jargon, stick with standard English and avoid out-of-period slang).

I almost gave up on these characters, wondering whether it's worthwhile to put up with a boyfriend like Don who gets jealous and angry and says the most hateful things (sheesh, nowadays we would call his angry words verbal abuse) or with a girlfriend like Honey who is so utterly vain and self-focused. I imagined them having petty quarrels the rest of their happily-ever-after lives unless they did some serious growing-up. I felt that the author was trying to make them human and believable, but she went a little too far. For most of us who aren't completely stuck on our beautiful selves, they were a little hard to take.

On the other hand, the description of what it was like to live in terror in the middle of the war or to live in terror waiting for a sweetheart in harm's way was vivid. She describes very reluctant soldiers. They did not want to go to war but had no choice. As they realized the necessity of the war, they also realized that they had to and would probably not make it home (the casualty numbers from WWII are nearly unbelievable).
I love WWII true stories and when I saw this book it was an instant download.
I was glued while reading the first chapter.

The book continued to deliver chapter after chapter. The author did use the same words to describe same situations over and over again, but I forgave her as I was transported back to my own parents WWII romance and marriage. I do think the readers managed to grasp the personality of the two of them way back in the first 5 chapters, and wondered why the author kept reinforcing the fact that her grandma was independent. It doesn't detract from the story, and all of you will know that Don was handsome and possessive also. Most men of that time era were, and the point was driven home repeatedly.

I found the remaining chapters captivating, and sad, and angry. I found myself angry at them both, and then hoping and then not hoping they would be together. The author managed to capture the moment by moment movement of the two of them and it was intriguing. It's a very emotional book, I found myself laughing, crying and praying. As if praying would help considering the story happened years ago! But the book captures you and the author was brilliant in moving you inch by inch with all the emotion, facts, pain, anguish and love of that time.

Great author and beautifully written story and I do hope the author will honestly look at the adjectives she uses and tries to describe things in a new way. Otherwise it's a great work and you won't be disappointed if you choose to download.

Very few typos, some grammatical errors.
This is an intriguing, expertly written book which depicts the World War II era and the many closely related stories as I have always imagined them to occur in the early 1940's. I was taken into the novel to the point that I felt I was actually part of the story line. It was so moving that I did not want to put the book down, therefore I read it in a very short time frame. The author, Carrie Nyman, has a talent for weaving between their letters and the plot, and I found myself in awe of her writing skills. I also found the depiction of the war and battlefield chapters to be enthralling, and I could feel all the pain and suffering our soldiers had to go through for our country.
I highly recommend this book and feel that this new author has a brilliant career in front of her.
I read this in one night because I couldn't stop - I had to know more about what happened to the characters. Just like in real life, there are some characters you enjoy and some you want to shake, and not everything gets wrapped up neatly. The author does not tell us all the answers such as why Don's parents didn't do certain things (see SPOILER below), and what became of Major Carroll or Don's parents and brother. Since this is a work of historical fiction *based* on her grandparents' letters, she could have told us in the epilogue which details veer from real life.


SLIGHT SPOILER - I don't understand how he was so concerned about the life insurance policy yet somehow did not finish the paperwork for the beneficiary change; and I don't understand why his parents withheld money from their own grandchild.