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Keeping the Lights on for Ike: Daily Life of a Utilities Engineer at AFHQ in Europe During WWII; or, What to Say in Letters Home When You're Not Allowed to Write about the War

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Published February 18th 2019 by Sunbury Press, Inc.
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Teddy
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“I married a hero,” one of Mary Daniels letters begins, and another states: “According to Life [Magazine], the engineers are the ELITE of the army. I'd rather he'd be in the finance corps.”

Such letters being sent to a young wife's family members in 1941 were probably not all that uncommon. After all, World War II was raging, Japan had just recently bombed Pearl Harbor and countless men had been drafted to fight on the front lines. Many a wife was left at home, missing her husband and praying for
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Bookgirl86
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
'Keeping the Lights on for Ike' is a memoir that you won't regret picking up.
Rebecca Daniels digs into the story of her parents life together and of her father's wartime service in World War II with a relish and sincerity that both touch the heart and thrill the spirit.
I can never get enough of memoirs. Every time I read one I feel like I'm getting a secret little window into a different world. And this one was no exception.
Daniels' writes about her parents with the gentleness and thoroughness t
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Linda
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
“In the European Theater of World War II, for every four combat soldiers, there were approximately another six support troops who provided administrative, logistical, and infrastructure support. This is the story of one of those support troops.”

A stunning memoir about love, hope, and family, 'Keeping the Lights on For Ike,' by Rebecca Daniels checks all of the boxes that a good story should. It has all of the romance and drama of a feature film, and the best part is, it's real. Daniels tells th
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Gud Reader
Jun 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not many times does one get to read a war memoir all enveloped in stunning themes of love and hope. Rebecca Daniels has gone ahead to offer readers this chance through her incredible work, 'Keeping the Lights on for Ike', with the help of her parents letters to each other and photos during WWII.
While many battles have ravaged the world there is always a great deal about World War II. However, with many authors being fixated on the battlefront and the heroes of the day Rebecca takes us through th
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Dino Radja
Jun 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Keeping the lights on for Ike is truly an interesting and unique book. Unlike many other novels that talk about war veterans and their experiences Rebecca Daniels gives us an interesting new take on society during World War II by showing us the lives of Alec and Mary Daniels(Rebecca’s parents) and their struggles during the World War II. Alec was an engineer who was repairing ships that were destroyed in battle who is called to the military after Pearl Harbor.
The book is very touching and emotio
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Waqas Naseem
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Daniels, has done her part in telling the story of her parents strong bonding, their loyalty and love during the World War II in her new book, “Keeping the Lights on for Ike” . Daniels firmly focuses on the love and devotion that can supply hope during wartime. Daniels offers a detailed account of her parents’ sustained relationship during her father Alec’s participation in WWII.
She emphases on her parents, Alec and Mary Daniels, from their very first meeting in their college in the 193
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Bettybee306
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
Who doesn't love to hear a good parent’s first meeting story? I think many of us secretly think that our parents had the most romantic first meeting, but Rebecca Daniels may have us all beat. 'Keeping the Lights on For Ike,' opens with the story of how Daniels' parents attended the same high school, but never actually met until a mutual friend set them up on a date in college. Sparks flew, and the two were married only a short while later. But, as romantic a story as that is, this is not just a ...more
Amwoma
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review by Amwoma Ngoge

In a story told of war, one will naturally anticipate bombings and shootings with death playing a key role in shaping the plot of the story. However, Rebecca Daniels’ story speaks the opposite. Based on the love life of her parents during World War two, Daniels’ gives a story, one of true love and hope in times of hopelessness and desperateness.

Keeping the Lights on for Ike is a recreation of her father’ s experiences and the efforts he made with his wife Mary to keep their
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M.M. Hudson
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the story of two people in love. It is romantic, sensual, and sometimes is red-faced embarrassing. This could be anyone's story...maybe...but it isn't. This is the story of two people who were kept apart for four years by World War II.

Mary and Alec are the prime characters in this true story that is told through their letter writing throughout the war. Gaps and historical references are filled in by their daughter but some is left untold due to the censorship at the time.

Their story is
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Danielle Urban
Jul 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Keeping the Lights on for Ike by Rebecca Daniels is a well-written and thoroughly researched book. As it should be, since she is writing about her parent's story. The story details the time period of WWII and its censorship via written communication. It was difficult to tell loved ones how, when, and where one was due to the military and it's censorship. The letters reflected the love this couple had and continued to hold despite the separation. I liked this story especially, all the documents a ...more
Amy
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Keeping the Lights on for Ike: Daily Life of a Utilities Engineer at AFHQ in Europe During WWII; or, What to Say in Letters Home When You're Not Allowed to Write about the War is a great read. I liked getting a personal account of what living during the World War II was like. It was interesting to find out what couples endured during war. I loved reading the love story between Mary and Alec. It was sweet and beautiful to read some of their letters. Seeing their pictures was another plus.

I give
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David
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
We baby boomers are by definition the generation whose parents lived through World War II as young adults. Many of us share Rebecca Daniels' curiosity about what that was really like. My parents, like hers and probably most, never talked about it much--just a few humorous stories repeated many times when appropos.

After her parents had both passed away, Rebecca inherited a box of clues: her mother Mary's collection of letters from her father during his time overseas in the Army. The clues are fr
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Virginia Brackett
In a memoir about war, one would naturally anticipate reading about death and separation. In her book, Keeping the Lights on for Ike, Rebecca Daniels does not shy away from those topics. However, Daniels firmly focuses on the love and devotion that can supply hope during wartime. Daniels offers a detailed account of her parents’ sustained relationship during her father Alec’s participation in WWII. She does so through use of his dedicated, voluminous correspondence to his wife Mary that provides ...more
Tom
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Daniels' book Keeping the Lights on for Ike is a delightful biography of her parents' devotion to each other during three years of separation during World War II. The story is told through her father's letters home, and her mothers's short stories and scrapbooks. Rebecca's parents, Alec and Mary, are deeply in love, and this shines through Alec's letters home. What makes this book truly stand out is the sound historical context in which this story is told. Written with scholarly care, th ...more
Donadee's Corner
Jul 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone in this genre
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Rebecca Daniels – Keeping The Lights On For Ike – Reviewed 6/13/20 – Read 5/13/20

Life of an engineer during WWII, from letters sent home regarding when the lights go out!

Harold Alec Daniels joined the ROTC to help pay for his college education. When he graduated he had reached the rank of second lieutenant in the Army Reserves. While in his senior year one of his buddies set him up on a blind date. It was love on the first date. The date went well, and he knew that this woman was the one that he
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Rebecca Daniels (MFA, PhD) Rebecca Daniels taught performance, writing, and speaking in liberal arts universities for over 25 years, including St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY, from 1992-2015. She was the founding producing director of Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR, and directed with many professional Portland theatre companies in the 1980s. She is the author of the groundbreaking ...more

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