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3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  1,024 ratings  ·  130 reviews
Author: Laurie Graham
Manufacturer: Fourth Estate
Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 5th 2002 by Fourth Estate (first published 2001)
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Antof9
So. . . I'm not even sure how to write the journal entry on this one. It's interesting what goes through your head as you read each book. It's very Americentric. And there is a lot of stuff in here that's very "military", and some that's very Texas, and some that's very 1952-1980.

Another interesting thing, based on the time, is that today was the funeral for Rosa Parks. I wrote a little bit about it in my blog. I happened to read the section of the book, today, after watching the funeral on tv,
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Jennifer
Oct 05, 2008 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any Air Force Spouse
Shelves: chick-lit, cinc-house
I first picked up this book in an antique store in Arkansas. The cover was cute and intriguing. But when I read the jacket, I was sold. Being an Air Force spouse, and a history buff, I had to get it. Oddly enough, I was on my way to visit an old friend from a previous base(also an AF spouse) . When I got to her house, I saw that she had a copy on her bookshelf. That was an excellent endorsement for the book. I started reading it that night and could not put it down. I passed that copy of the boo ...more
Beth Watkins
Found this book on my mom's book shelf last month to take to the pool to read one afternoon. I had a very hard time getting started with it. I picked it up again and again, a few pages at a time during our hectic military move this summer, lost it, then found it a few days ago and couldn't put it down. I finished it last night, and cried and cried towards the ending. I have no idea why. It isn't necessarily a sad book (though it has some very sad moments in it) but being a military wife, it stru ...more
Cass
I picked this up at a library book sale. I liked the cover, plus it fell outside of my normal reading genre. I like to regularly read something a bit more mainstream then usual.

I liked this book. It was predicatable, it was corny, it was sweet. It had a host of very stereotypical characters. But I read it nearly two years ago, I have read nearly a hundred books since, and I still occasionally think about it.

I think about the way they parented. I think about the scene when a bunch of officer's w
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Karyl
I'd love to give this four and a half stars, but four will have to do.

Peggy Dewey is an Air Force wife whose husband is stationed to Norfolk, England, in the early 1950s. She forms a core group of friends with ladies she's known since high school and from previous postings, and even includes a native Englishwoman. Eventually the ladies all go their various ways, though Peggy keeps them all tied together and informed of what's going on in each other's lives. It's quite surprising to see how inte
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Graceann
Here's the thing about Laurie Graham's novels. You start off, and you think, "this is fun; this is nice and light," and by the end you are in love with the characters and hate that you have to say goodbye to them.

Future Homemakers of America begins with several USAF wives living near one another on a base in England. When they make a pilgrimage to watch King George's funeral train pass by, they meet a local woman who becomes important in all of their lives. This is all about the power of friend
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Cass
This book could best be described as a quaint Sunday afternoon movie for middle aged women. It wasn't great, but it wasn't bad either. Just an easy read when I was laying sick on my couch.

The book centres around four or five women, all wives of Army pilots stationed in England. All the typical characters are present. The beaten wife, the wife on the verge of a divorce, the one who drinks too much, the one who wants heaps of kids, the one who can't get pregnant, the one who is a domestic goddess,
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Sj
About 6 women who become friends while 5 of them are with their husbands stationed at an Air Force Base in England. The 6th woman is English. The novel spans many years of their friendship. The relationships were interesting. I kept reading because I liked the characters, they had a lot of potential. However, it stops at potential. The novel was predictable at times and took forever to finally get to the reveal. You read most of the book already knowing how it is going to end, which is disappoin ...more
Judith
Chick lit alert! Worse, this is a period piece that focuses on the wives of several Air Force soldiers stationed in England in the 1950's, and follows them from there to States and throughout the rest of the century. I found it readable and entertaining. It was one of those stories that reminded me of how much life has changed for women since the 50's and it was such a pleasure to see these women come alive as they grew from housewives to interested and interesting women with lives and careers o ...more
Robin
This book had so much potential and yet I find myself disappointed. The characters, while colorful, never felt authentic to me. And one has to work diligently to match family members to the main characters. And the story line failed to seize my interest.
Melissa
Women meet on an Air Force base in England, follows their friendships over many years. Recipes and a real flavor for the time. I just didn't have much of a connection to the characters, they never seemed very real.
Debbie
I could not get into this book. It was so confusing, and there was nothing to make me like any of the characters so I gave up, not caring what happened to their lives.
Jenny
I almost gave up on this book at the beginning. There were too many women introduced at once and I was starting to get confused. But I'm glad I stuck with it because this book was amazing. After having just finished a book in which all the events take place in one day, this book spanned four or five decades! I was shocked when twenty years had passed and I was only halfway done with the book! But the women are all very much their own person and Peggy even came alive for me.
She was sometimes too
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Nicole
Five young American women, all married to air force pilots stationed on a military base in post WWII England are the main characters.
Bored with the limited choice of activities on the base they take to sight seeing. They find their first native friend in Kath. Few people realize the extent of the poverty the two wars produced in England but this book begins by depicting the normal military base then showing it in harsh contrast to the stark simplicity and poverty their rural friend lives in. Wh
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Liz
This is a feel-good book; I've just finished reading it and feel good. The book is narrated by Peggy and is about five women with distinct characters and follows their lives over many decades. I love the idea of women staying in touch with each other having gone their separate ways. But I suppose that the stories of these women are the history of women through the 20th century. From American airforce wives keeping quarters shipshape (!) four of the characters give an exposition of the rise of wo ...more
Jean
This was a book club book so not my pick. The story was entertaining enough but never got past the superficial reporting of the events in the lives of the women over a forty year period. It bothered me that officer's wives didn't learn to speak grammatically over the course of their careers, but then 'seen' used improperly has always bothered me.
zyra.cyra.xyra
Laurie Graham did a wonderful job in writing this book. One time I was wondering what it feels like if I'll marry a military man. This book suits well! Having a husband in Air Force is not always a happy ending as we sometimes perceive it. There are of course struggles that may come like what happened to the characters in this story. The different personalities of the characters in the story are awesome. Sometimes, as a woman, we need to have something that we really enjoyed and sometimes that s ...more
Jan
I picked this book up at a book sale because of the title. I once was a member of the future homemakers of America so I thought this book was the right one for me. I did enjoy the characters and their friendship over the course of the 40 years. I did feel some of the characters were way more developed than others.
Nanci
Got half way through and realized I really didn't care what happens next. Liked the premise and the characters were good at the start, but it just didn't go anywhere and the characters didn't develop into anything interesting enough to keep on reading.
Rachel
This book was wonderful. I felt like a combination of Lois, Peggy, and Crystal. Lois especially, the copper-knob, was my favorite character. Laurie Graham did a great job with this book. This was humorous, heart-touching, and historically accurate.
Nicole
I picked this book up because it was simpatico with my experience in England and I thought it would be a fun read. I did enjoy it, though it wasn't what I expected. The narrator had a unique voice, but I suddenly realized at the end that her voice didn't evolve, which didn't really make sense since the book spanned 40+ years of her life. No one remains unchanged in that time, especially since she ended up being a high-end wedding planner - I don't care if it was in Texas you wouldn't be speaking ...more
Lena Foster
Svensk titel: Framtidens hemmafruar.
För många karaktärer, var svårt att hålla reda på alla olika namn
Jennifer
I wanted to like this book. It had great potential. At most points in the story it left me feeling melancholy. Aside from perhaps Peg, none of the women were anyone I would want to have a friendship with. I found the book rather slow reading. I think I'm burned out on Chic-lit for now.
Ginger
I listened to this book and enjoyed it to the very end. It's the story of 4 women who form a friendship that last throughout the years of their lives. They are Army wives. Who in the 40's and 50's were expected to do nothing more than stay at home and keep the house and children cared for until their husbands came home from their tour of duty. It goes on to tell of their friendship even when they are no longer Army Wives.

I learned a lot about it was to be an Army wife. Something i never really t
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Liz Moffett
I wanted this to be a girlfriends book along the lines of YaYas and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but I just didn't get that feeling with these ladies. To me, Only one or two of them was the girlfriend for life kind of woman. Although I do admit- a character who I quickly wrote off at the start of the book, really grew on me and made me think how I have in the past, met women who I thought I could never connect with, but who after time, really became women I am honored to call my friends. A ...more
Heather Kendall
I laughed out loud and cried several times reading this book. Particularly awkward when i was travelling on a train while reading it at one point.
Rebecca
Jul 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rebecca by: Barksdale OSP
Shelves: military
I saved this book for a "beach read" and while it was lighter reading, the author really enriched the book by exploring the ups and downs of female friendship separated by great distances over 40 years. Even though the book begins in England in 1952 and the Air Force was very different then, I could relate to the women's experiences with the military lifestyle also. This book made me think about my own relationships (some of which have already lasted over 30 years!), and how grateful I am to sti ...more
Alison Hampton
I loved this book. It was witty yet thought provoking.
Renee
Related to this story of Air Force families
Linda Margaret
Five women meet in England in the 1950s. Four are US army wives, bored out of their minds on a US air force base in the middle of Nowhere, Northern England, and one is a British woman working odd jobs to care for he odd family. The five bond over the death of the old Queen and then stay in touch as the decades pass, growing and changing with the times while the friendship stays the same. Written in American Southern dialect—utterly delightful and offers new insight to your mother and grandmother ...more
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