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In December 1941, Charlotte Donahue is engaged to Nick Adler, a handsome, pre-law student at Georgetown University. Despite her studies at a liberal arts college, she expects nothing more than to marry her fiancé and settle into a conventional life as a young American homemaker. But her future is unexpectedly disrupted after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. While Nick ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published June 3rd 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (first published June 2nd 2014)
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Erin
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
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In terms of a wartime romance, Cara Langston's Battle Hymns is exactly what I expected. I'll be the first to admit there is a certain predictability to the plot, but I found Langston's treatment of the material and the themes she incorporates into the story balanced the more typical elements of the narrative, ultimately transforming it into something both memorable and moving.

Charlotte in particular stands out to me. A volu
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Sharon Cummins
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
EXCELLENT

Very good book. There were a few surprises I hadn't expected, which enhanced the overall story. I would recommend this book.
Alexandra Richland
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Battle Hymns is the stunning debut novel from author Cara Langston. Unlike most WWII romance novels, this one is set on the homefront, not the battlefront - which immediately drew me to the story. I love reading fresh perspectives on popular historical events.

Ms. Langston tackles the Second World War in a way I've never read before. There are no cliches, no overwrought drama. This is an accurate and hopeful portrayal of America during a very devastating time in U.S. history juxtaposed with a be
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Mell
Characters seemed under developed, and I don't think the book offers anything new or noteworthy.
Ashley
Jun 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Battle Hymns is the debut novel of new historical fiction author Cara Langston and Langston certainly proves she is a talented young author worth reading. Battle Hymns is a story of love and survival on the American home front during World War II and while aspects of Battle Hymns give it away as a debut novel this is a lovely story and one that drew out of me the exact emotions the author was intending.

Charlotte Donahue is a wonderful character and a relatable young woman. Before the United Sta
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Lauralee
Charlotte is a young college student who just recently got engaged to her boyfriend Nick. After the Japanese invaded Pearl Harbor, the United States declared war. The declaration of war changes Charlotte's happiness and hopes for the future because Nick decides to join the war. While she is waiting for Nick's return, Charlotte volunteers to become a nurse. There she meets a wounded soldier with a mysterious past. The two of them form an unlikely friendship because both of their lives have been a ...more
Stephanie
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
"She couldn't speculate on what the future held for their relationship. All she knew for certain was that her plans for them had taken a drastic turn."

A tragic but sweet love story set during World War II. Charlotte Donahue and Nick Adler are in love, both are finishing college soon and the next logical step is to get engaged. Nick proposes to Charlotte, and she feels like all of her dreams have come true; however their engagement is on the eve of the attack on Pearl Harbor. When Nick inevitably
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Cara is a novelist of historical fiction. BATTLE HYMNS is set in Washington, D.C. from 1941 to 1943. Her WIP, THE GLASSMAKER'S WIFE, is set in 1925 Chicago and is still in progress.

When she’s not writing or working, Cara enjoys drinking red wine, watching bad television, doing genealogical research, obsessing over the Duchess of Cambridge’s every outfit, and finding the best guacamole in Texas. Ca
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