By Dorothy Stephens
When the “greatest generation” came home from World War II, many of the men returned to college on the GI Bill, a saga that has been the subject of numerous books and movies. But the story of their wives, also part of that greatest generation, has seldom been told. Kate McIntosh, the young mother of a toddler and a newborn, struggles with the challenges of being isolated in barracks-like World War II housing in Willow Run Village, with no car, little money, and a mostly absent husband., Mark, her husband, attends classes at the university during the day and works on the assembly line at the nearby auto plant at night. He is rarely home. When she and Mark meet with other graduate students, Kate feels awkward and excluded, with nothing to talk about but diapers and pureed carrots.
Stephens is one of a kind. We do have some 80-year-old authors, not many, and other than Dorothy, no 90 year olds. She has a straight-forward, no-nonsense voice with perfect technique. Her ability to convey her characters’ voices and make them each different is a gift, and she does it well.”
Kate, the sweet, but strong and resourceful, young wife and mother in Willow Run is captivating. She develops her talents while being supportive to her ex-military husband and their two little ones. In the process, we watch her become a major factor in improving everyone around her.Ms. Stephens unfolds this delightful story with interesting scenarios and wonderful characters throughout. It’s set in the 50’s, but still relevant to the present. The writing is smooth and a pleasure to read.I loved this book and would enjoy reading a sequel.