I Gave My Heart to Know this

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Wheeler Pub., 2011 - Fiction - 533 pages
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Ellen Baker is beloved for crafting intimate domestic stories that resonate deeply with readers. In "I Gave My Heart to Know This, "the award-winning author returns with a sweeping multigenerational saga of the searing power of war, memory, friendship, and family.
In January 1944, Grace Anderson, Lena Maki, and Lena's mother, Violet, have joined the growing ranks of women working for the war effort. Though they find satisfaction in their jobs at a Wisconsin shipyard, it isn't enough to distract them from the anxieties of wartime, or their fears for the men they love: Lena's twin brother, Derrick, and Grace's high school sweetheart, Alex. When shattering news arrives from the front, the lives of the three women are pitched into turmoil. As one is pushed to the brink of madness, the others are forced into choices they couldn't have imagined--and their lives will never be the same.
More than five decades later, Violet's great-granddaughter, Julia, returns to the small farmhouse where Violet and Lena once lived. Listless from her own recent tragedy, Julia begins to uncover the dark secrets that shattered her family, eventually learning that redemption--and love--can be found in the most unexpected places.
Beautifully written and profoundly moving, "I Gave My Heart to Know This" is a riveting story of loyalties held and sacred bonds broken; crushing loss and enduring dreams; and what it takes--and what it means--to find the way home.

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I was disappointed in this book. The writing between the present and past is disjointed and there was way too much detail. It may be my mood and that lately I've read so many WWII books, but I simply ... Read full review

Review: I Gave My Heart to Know This

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I was disappointed in this book. The writing between the present and past is disjointed and there was way too much detail. It may be my mood and that lately I've read so many WWII books, but I simply ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Ellen Baker was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois. She earned a masters degree in American studies from the University of Minnesota, worked as curator of a World War II museum, and is currently a bookseller and event coordinator at an independent bookstore. She lives with her husband in Wisconsin.

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