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Canteen Dreams

By Cara C. Putman


In the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, Audrey Stone wants to help in the war effort. But what's 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.

Willard Johnson worries about his brother who joined the navy to get off the ranch and see the world. When Willard's worst fear is confirmed, he feels he must avenge by enlisting himself. But will his budding relationship with Audrey weather the storms of war? Or will one of the many soldiers at the canteen steal her away from him?

Can two such determined people find their place in the war and with each other?


Year Title Description
2008 ACFW Book of the Year -- short historical Annual award for best short historical in Christian fiction

Why the author wrote this book:

This book tells some of my grandparents romance as well as the start up of the Canteen in North Platte, Nebraska, that served more than 6 million servicemen and women during World War Two.


"WWII story of 2 people in Nebraska that want to do their part for the war effort, is it enough? Great book!"
- Janna on September 11, 2009

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