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Ellen Baker

I GAVE MY HEART TO KNOW THIS

A big-hearted, sweeping twentieth-century saga about the strength of women's friendships, by the beloved author of Keeping the House.

In 1944, Grace Anderson, Lena Maki, and Lena's mother, Violet, are working for the war effort at the local shipyard. Grace dreams of a glamorous life in Hollywood, even as she dutifully waits for letters from Alex, her sweetheart in the Marines, and from Derrick, Lena's twin brother. But when Alex is killed and Derrick is declared missing after his ship is sunk in the Pacific, Grace finds herself inextricably mired in the Maki family's nightmare...

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KEEPING THE HOUSE

A newly wed housewife in the conformist 1950s falls in love with a grand abandoned house in town, and begins to unravel a family’s dark secrets. When Dolly Magnuson moves to 1950s Pine Rapids, Wisconsin, she discovers all too soon that making marriage work is harder than it looks in the pages of the Ladies’ Home Journal. As Dolly adapts to her new life—keeping the house, supporting her husband’s career, fretting about dinner menus...

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KEEPING THE HOUSE has been selected as July 2007 pick by Midwest Connections the marketing program of Midwest Booksellers Association.

 

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