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really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
~ In A Cream Packard ~ is romantic historical fiction laced with nostalgia, automobiles, and music from the golden age of rock and roll. Maryanne Dahl, a 21 year old redhead from Appleton, Wisconsin and Alexander Throckmorton, a 26 year old Navy veteran from Detroit, Michigan are the main characters. This romantic adventure recounts a road trip taken in the late spring of ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 1st 2012
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Johann C.M. Laesecke
Having been old enough in the 1950s to be aware of the times - not to mention being an old car addict - I thoroughly enjoyed this tale. It evoked the feeling of the 50s, which was in general a kinder gentler time when people were more like Alex and Annie. After WWII and the Korean War there was a great expansion in manufacturing to catch up with the pent-up demand for goods, and brand names held an importance to people that might seem incredible to younger generations. Yes, your automobile brand ...more
This was an awesome journey because I could relate to the tiny details in Wisconsin life and traveling to Florida. What a happy whirlwind romance! There is a mystery and a lot of cool cars (I googled each one so I'd know what they looked like).

More to come, it's late and I stayed up wanting to see Alex and Annie make it to Florida , get out of trouble in Georgia, and unravel a family military mystery.

Re-read 1-28-2016
I have gotten the 4th and 5th books and wanted to go back to the beginning to
Oct 13, 2014 Lorrie rated it really liked it
This book chronicles the lives of a young couple in the 1950s as they meet in Wisconsin, quickly fall in love and get married, and move to Florida. It's a little slow up until they marry, then the story gets pretty interesting as the gentleman's father passes away and leaves him a lot of cash and other miscellaneous items in a safe deposit box in Detroit. They do some investigative work on their own as they use what is in the safe deposit box to acquire details about his father, who had died in ...more
Sharon Huether
Sep 17, 2014 Sharon Huether rated it really liked it
A romance, and after a week Alex and Anne were married, leaving on their honeymoon in a cream Packard. With each chapter the author interjects a song from the 50's; so as your are reading the song fits in with the story. I liked how the author brought out different brand names that were made in the USA. Alex and Anne experienced many adventures on their way to Florida, where Alex had a farm. Alex had just received an inheritance from his mothers estate. With that a few mysterys too. This was a ...more
Jan 02, 2016 Cathy rated it really liked it
What a lovely little romance novel, but its so much more than that. Mr Hackemer has a gift in transporting you back in time and making you live the story, not just read it. I read these novels out of order, starting with 3, 4 and 5, then back to one. I already downloaded #2 to get started on straight away. I am thoroughly enjoying the Throckmorton family and especially the historical accuracy. This particular book named songs from the period as the name of each chapter, but not without ...more
Sep 17, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. First of all, it's set in the Midwest. Awesome, I'm from Wisconsin. It's a love story, sweet, but not too sappy or graphic, which makes it even better. It's a quick read. The language isn't complicated, but it gets the point across. I'd recommend it for anyone over 16 that likes romance.

Oh and I won it through this site and the author, or the shipper, sent it with a really awesome "soundtrack". It went straight on my ipod and it's great for car shows. :)
Sophie Dufort
Apr 21, 2014 Sophie Dufort rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of the 50s
Recommended to Sophie by: author
Shelves: sweet-romance
Three and a half stars

A review copy was provided by the author in return for an honest review. I read this book over the weekend, and I must admit that I don’t know what to make of it. The writing is pleasant and attractive, without being truly strong. It does hold, however, an undeniable appeal. Some people become authors because they have an innate ability to write fluidly and to draw the reader in with the power of their words. But there are so many other criteria that turn a book into a good
Aug 29, 2014 Autumn rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I received this book to give an honest review. 3.5 rating
So being as this out of my normal genre of reading I figured I could give it a try. Honestly I didn't quite enjoy it as I wanted to.
The characters seemed one-dimensional if that makes sense. There seemed to not really be a lot of character building up. You have Annie who works in a diner than she ends up meeting Alexander (Alex) and it is love at first sight which I thought was really cute. But then it seemed a bit rushed on the relations
In a Cream Packard is a sweet story of love at first sight. It creates a vivid snapshot of the life of a young person the 1950s. While this attention to detail "sets the stage" so to speak, at times it creates an aurora of nostalgia that is in conflict with the relaxed way the of the story unfolds. Although it was easy to read, I found a lot of the dialogue to be unnatural and awkward, perhaps due to the tendency of the characters to use each other's names excessively in conversation.

Though the
Jan 29, 2015 Terry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"In A Cream Packard" reminds me of an old black and white classic movie. It's a sweet, relaxed, leisurely, Sunday drive kind of read. You won't find any shoot-outs, car chases, x-rated or erotic scenes, or curse words here. But you will find a story which gets in your blood and makes you want to keep reading. It's almost magical how the author has managed this feat.

Since this is the first book in a series, the author has laid the foundation for future stories by his world/era building. The chara
Debbi DuBose
I thought In A Cream Colored Packard was a delightful story! Edward Hackemer gives us a nostalgic glimpse into the sights and sounds of the 1950's in this novel.
Alex Throckmorton walks into Annie Dahl's life on the night of May 29, 1954 and changes the course of their lives from that moment on. The next two weeks will be a whirlwind of romance for them both. They will marry and travel in a Packard car from Wisconsin to Florida to begin their married life. What a wonderful trip it will be.
This b
Amy Bartley
Jun 14, 2014 Amy Bartley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished In A Cream Packard last night.....I was not pleased with the ending.....I want more!! I want to continue the journey with Annie and Alex. A beautiful story about love at first sight, new beginnings, and a little mystery along the way. I fell in love with the innocence of Annie, and intrigued with the adventure she begins with her new husband Alex. This was not my typical book, but it was a great read. The book is well written, and descriptive, which is good since it is set before I ...more
Booker Like a Hooker
Jan 27, 2014 Booker Like a Hooker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Honestly this isn't a genre for my age or I like these books. Mr. Hackemer ask me to review his book on and I accept it,don't ask me why :) Since I know how to read english I read and translate to my mom. More like this is her interest. I read her in 2 month! It was really slow but she like to read like that anyway so I didn't complain her. To me this book was like watching documentary channel.For my mom she not much a fan of love stories (wonder why) but I can tell she loves ...more
Susie James
Mar 11, 2016 Susie James rated it really liked it
I really loved this ride in Mr. Hackemer's "In A Cream Packard"! Such a visual effect, this lovely story of Annie and her Throckmorton, who the Fates, or the Father, guided to a certain diner, where Annie worked as a waitress, when her hero was just in the right frame of mind to fall in love! Get settled in and tune in to the 1950s as you read this novel, which is akin really to experiencing a movie...
Jul 09, 2016 Kristin rated it liked it
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I received this book in a goodreads giveaway.

In reading this it was fun to think about life during that time frame and how times were different from today.
As far as the romance part of book it felt as if someone was just saying what the characters thought or felt so I wasn't able to get caught up in their romance. It was kinda boring.
Mar 20, 2014 Len rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good fun. An enjoyable story!
Sep 09, 2014 Char rated it really liked it
A nice Americana story I related to the timeline interesting story of a journey of new beginnings
Nov 13, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
In a Cream Packard is a charming story set in the Post WWII years when America was expanding and booming. Covering the brief time period of May 25th through June 9th in 1954, the reader is witness to the sweet whirlwind romance between Alex and Annie. Alex, home from the war, has traveled to Wisconsin to settle his mother's estate. By sheer luck, he stops in at a local diner where he meets and falls in love with a small town girl. Set to the music of the era, each brief chapter evokes a ...more
Jul 20, 2016 Gretchen rated it really liked it
In A Cream Packard is a memory refresher for those of us of a certain age. Mr. Hackemer starts his tale of post World War II America with love at first sight for Alex and Maryann. The two weeks of the book move Maryann and Alex from meeting to marriage, a courtship made in heaven, as they travel from Wisconsin to Florida. There's a sense of authenticity throughout the book in describing things such as the Burma shave sayings along the old highways, tvs with limited shows, car radios with limited ...more
Edward Hackemer
Sep 18, 2015 Edward Hackemer rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Goodreads asks the author for a review of their work.
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here it is:

(Of course, it's a biased review)
I wrote it then read it.
Lots of times.
Then I read it again.

This is book #1 in the Throckmorton Family Novels. Although it's part of a series, this and the other titles can be enjoyed as stand-alone stories. However, in each successive book and with the passage of time (just as it happens in each of our lives) little surprises and family secrets are revealed.
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Edward Hackemer lived in Western New York for 55 years before retiring and moving to North Georgia; roughly halfway between Atlanta & North Carolina. His life experience includes nearly countless trans-Atlantic trips. His employment history runs from paperboy, warehouseman, over-the-road truck driver, Federal and local County Services. He spent several years overseas, is a veteran of the US ...more
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