What makes an author’s heart sing?

Reader reviews and newspaper views!

5.0 out of 5 stars…    I tried this book as I am a fan of Cindy’s column in the local newspaper and I am so glad I did

on April 13, 2017
I used to read regularly as a teenager but as a 50 something, not so much. However, I tried this book as I am a fan of Cindy’s column in the local newspaper and I am so glad I did. It was perfect for bedtime reading, each story was long enough to learn something about the couple and their situation, yet short enough to keep my interest in the book. It was astonishing how so many couples married so quickly yet the marriage lasted for so long and I found that my favorite stories were where they were both still alive.
on April 13, 2017
There are a few books that I hang on to because I know I’ll be reading it again and again. War Bonds is just such a book. The stories are moving and inspirational and touch you with a hope that each of us will also experience that kind of everlasting love. Thank you to the couples who shared their stories and thank you Cindy Hval for a wonderfully written book.

5.0 out of 5 stars… thought the book was done very well and I enjoyed the stories

  on April 13, 2017
I thought the book was done very well and I enjoyed the stories. My parents were of that generation and their’s was a great love story. Thank you Cindy for writing this book.
In other news in a recent Spokesman Review story about which books are most frequently checked out at local libraries, Rachel Alexander reported “In Coeur d’Alene, Cindy Hval’s “War Bonds,” which tells love stories from the Greatest Generation, holds the No. 2 spot in 2015, with 20 checkouts.”
News  and reviews like these makes an author’s heart sing.

Latest Amazon Reviews

Hooray! Only one review away from the magical 50 reviews on Amazon.

If you’ve read War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation  and haven’t yet posted an Amazon review, would you consider becoming reviewer #50? It’s painless and simple. Thanks so much to all who’ve already taken the time to share your thoughts!

Compelling Stories from the Greatest Generation

on January 4, 2017
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I am not much of a reader. I found the stories compelling and the writers compassion for her subjects comes through in her thoughtful style of writing. Love, we sure need more of it these days and this books delivers that for sure.
 5out of 5 starsthe beautiful couple on the cover of War Bonds

on March 27, 2017
There’s a reason they are called the “Greatest Generation”. Couples from this generation endured unimaginable hardships and heartache, yet they remained strong and persevered. I’m so grateful to Cindy for capturing these legacy stories in her book so that future generations can look back at this generation for guidance and inspiration, and read some of the stories that earned them their name, the “Greatest Generation”. On a personal note, I am the proud granddaughter of Roy and Mary Grayhek, the beautiful couple on the cover of War Bonds, and their story is featured in the book, too. My grandparents were so honored to have their story shared, and this book has made its way into four generations of our family, and we look forward to sharing it with many generations to come. Thank you, Cindy, you have given us a precious gift.
on April 8, 2017
I first read a story by Cindy Hval in one of the “Chicken Soup…” series. It drew me to this book. I loved this book and all the wonderful stories. I love history. I love true love. ❤

New Reviews from Amazon

What a delightful way to end 2016 and begin 2017! Two nice reviews for War Bonds: Love Stories from the Greatest Generation!


4 out of 5 stars

Soft and gentle read

on December 29, 2016

This is a very sentimental and sweet look at love that lasts through the decades. Many of these couples met just as war was breaking out and most married before the husband was shipped overseas. It was a good read and well illustrated too with pictures of the couples both at the time they married and also as they looked today.
5 out of 5 stars
on January 1, 2017
Purchased as a gift for my mom who loves WWII era personal stories. She thoroughly enjoyed it.
So, that’s 45 reviews on Amazon and I’ve heard that something magical happens to your book’s algorithm when you reach 50 reader reviews.
I like magic!
If you’ve read War Bonds, but not reviewed it on Amazon, yet. Would you mind taking the time to do so?
Here’s hoping 2017 holds lots of magic for us all!


War Bonds reviewed by the San Francisco Book Review

Woke up this morning to find this lovely review from the San Francisco Book Review!

World War II brought a lot of pain into the world, but, in the face of tragedy, long-lasting bonds of camaraderie, affection, and love were formed between men and women of the “greatest generation.” For example, Fenton Roskelley and Violet Shipman met in England in 1944, simply because she’d picked her name out of a hat and so was transferred to Cornwall. This tiny slip of paper changed the rest of their lives. Warren and Betty Schott met through mutual friends after she moved to Los Angeles. They survived the attack on Pearl Harbor and lengthy work-related separations during their marriage, but they have remained best friends for more than 75 years.

Cindy Hval recounts these, and thirty-four other, memorable stories in War Bonds – Love Stories From the Greatest Generation. Throughout this book, she clearly celebrates not only the personal sacrifices these couples made to serve their country, but also their devotion to one other, their deep-rooted friendship, and the profound respect that has kept their marriages strong for six to seven decades. This collection of memories serves to remind us that love can last a lifetime and preserves the optimistic recollections of men and women who lived during such a dark time in history, but persevered and built wonderfully happy lives together.

Reviewed By:
Thank you Ruth and San Francisco Book Review.

3 New Reviews

Young War Bonds reader

So fun to find readers connecting with War Bonds and sharing their thoughts.

From Amazon:

on January 6, 2016
Heartfelt and sincere throughout. After several failed marriages, and even more unhappy relationships, It made me believe in true love again.

This is an excellent collection of short, true wartime love stories that warm the heart while teaching about the extreme power of love along the way.

The couples in these stories all met and married during WW2, and stayed married, “until death do us part”. Marriage is never easy, but in many of these stories, couples endured under extreme duress. The author uses quotes from the biographies written to help us, (the readers), understand the secrets of their success.

A wonderful read, 5 stars.

Cecile Charles rated it it was amazing
I loved War Bonds I’ve read it more than once. I recommend it as a great read.

Still Being Talked About

Hard to believe one year ago this month, I got my first box of advance review copies of War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation.

The book was released in February and it’s so thrilling to find people are still discovering it and talking about it!

Other authors have told me that once your book garners 50 reviews on Amazon the search algorithm works more in your favor. Of course, I’m not exactly sure what that means 🙂

However, if you’ve read War Bonds and not yet posted a review, and if you feel like doing so, please weigh in at Amazon or Goodreads.

For inspiration, I offer these latest reviews!

From Amazon:

on November 4, 2015
This is a great book. I love history, especially WW II history & I love good old fashioned love stories. This book gives you both.
on December 6, 2015
Wonderful short stories about married couples staying together under sometimes the worst of circumstances. I gave a copy to my 93 year old mother who was a nurse during WW2. She reads the stories randomly and told me she found them very heartwarming.
From Goodreads:
I knew one of the veterans who is in the book. I found a special reason for reading the book and learned more about his lovely wife Vi. This is a series of very short stories about a number of veterans and their spouses. The title is very intriguing to me and the concept of the book gave new meaning to my study of WWII.
This was a good read on Veteran’s Day. To read of love stories from WWII and how they lasted was inspiring.
Collection of short stories about couple who met and married during WWII. Follows an easy to read format, and provides update on their lives today as well


The River Journal Reviews War Bonds

This month’s issue of The River Journal, features a swell review of War Bonds!

Cindy Hval, Spokane columnist for the Spokesman-Review and back-up “captain” for the Huckleberries Online blog, has released her first book, “War Bonds: Love Stories of the Greatest Generation.”

World War II shaped a generation in numerous ways, but perhaps none so poignant as are revealed in this series of 36 stories of how love can be birthed and endure for a lifetime in the midst of a world-wide cataclysm.

Sometimes you’ll laugh, often you’ll smile, and a few of these stories you’ll read through tears, as Cindy introduces you to these couples whose love has lasted their lifetimes. You’ll meet young mothers who don’t know if their husband is still alive, high school sweethearts, young men whose love endured even while held as a Prisoner of War.

Originally written as a series of regular columns in the Spokesman-Review, Cindy says, “I fell in love with writing them and thousands of readers fell in love with reading them.” She describes these stories as “… born out of the hardship, separation and deprivation of WWII,” and reminds us that a half century from now, it may well be difficult to find marriages like these that “have endured 60 to 70 years.”

Pick up your copy at local bookstores or online. ~Trish Gannon

More War Bonds Reviews

From Amazon:

on August 26, 2015
I enjoyed this book very much. My parents were married in 1945 and their story is very much like some of these. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes to read stories about WWII.
on September 2, 2015
A solid 4-4.5 star rating for a collection of true historical romances (around WWII). There’s plenty of pictures (then and more recent) and a piece of marital advice from each couple. I would have liked to see more diverse couples, but, overall a feel-good read that is well-organized. Some very interesting historical tidbits too. I think the author’s next work should be about what happened to the little Italian girl.
Very interesting book about real romance, devoid of the drama and glamour one expects of fiction yet still heart warming and beautiful. I often enjoy reading fiction/nonfiction about the “Greatest Generation” because they were survivors and pioneers, they loved, they lost and they rose to the task during times of great tyranny. But this book had something more because each story was personal and these people felt very tangible to me. Made me relive story-telling from my Grandmother.
Loved this book – very similar to the one with Larry King, but I loved this more because it was all couples who were married during WWII and were still married sharing their story – at the end of each section, the couple had a little “love lesson” – or small piece of advice. Great read!
Many thanks to readers who take the time to post their thoughts and reviews!
I too, would love to know what happened to the little Italian girl featured in chapter 2, who  was “adopted” by Milt Stafford and his buddy during the war.

Sweet and Sour Reviews and Beating Larry King

Well, you know it had to happen– the first totally negative review. While I’ve had some mixed reviews, by far most reviewers have loved War Bonds and written wonderful things.

However, on August 17, Frances Fuller posted this on Goodreads: “This book was so boring that I was unable to finish it.”

As bad reviews go it could have been a lot worse!

But I didn’t have to wait long for some kinder words. Here are the two most recent reviews from Amazon:

Love, love By S. Morgan on August 20, 2015 Love, love, love this book! Inspiring stories of faithfulness and commitment and love – started in difficult circumstances and continued with mutual respect over the decades.

LOVE this book! By Amazon Customer “Love romance novels”on August 23, 2015 I love the stories in this book. I also love the presentation of the book. There are pictures with every story. It is so neat to read their stories of love through the years. It’s just a wonderful book! The cover is really eye catching too!

And not that I’m at all competitive, but my husband and sons have been tracking my Amazon reviews and noted that the only book similar to War Bonds is Love Stories of World War ll by Larry King. Mr. King has 30 reviews. I have 29.

*Hint* *Hint*

Seriously, I do appreciate your reviews and your feedback, especially since today marks the one-year point of War Bonds. Exactly one year ago today, I typed the final words of the final manuscript.

What a wild ride! Thanks for joining me on the adventure.

Recent Goodreads Reviews of War Bonds: Love Stories From the Greatest Generation



I’m a huge fan of Goodreads. It’s how I track the books I’ve read, follow my favorite authors and discover new (to me) books and authors. It’s free and easy to use.

I also appreciate readers who share their thoughts about War Bonds on my Goodreads page. Here’s the latest reader reviews.

Kathryn: 4 stars

First sentence: Boy Scouts stood at solemn attention.
Favorite quote/Love Lesson: The best thing we ever did was move away from our parents.
Each chapter in this book tells the story of a couple who met and married in the 1940s and the husbands who went off to war. From blind dates to whirlwind romances to long separations this book has it all. I loved the pictures of when the couples were young and at the end of each chapter was a picture of how they look now. The author is coming to my library later this month and I so look forward to meeting her.

anna 4 stars

Just as it promises, this book is a varied collection of love stories.
it’s both a sweet and interesting snapshot of another time.

Rocky Curtiss 4 stars
I actually enjoyed this book immensely, higher than I rated it for others. Perhaps I’m too presumptuous about another’s reading taste, I just don’t want to mislead. War Bonds is a collection of sweet stories about real people who survived the Depression and World War II, and found indelible romance at the same time. The featured couples averaged well over 60 years of marriage, and the examples they displayed, the lessons they lived define the Greatest Generation at its zenith. The author, CindyI actually enjoyed this book immensely, higher than I rated it for others. Perhaps I’m too presumptuous about another’s reading taste, I just don’t want to mislead. War Bonds is a collection of sweet stories about real people who survived the Depression and World War II, and found indelible romance at the same time. The featured couples averaged well over 60 years of marriage, and the examples they displayed, the lessons they lived define the Greatest Generation at its zenith. The author, Cindy Hval, doesn’t overwhelm with details or heroics, but effectively reveals ordinary people who survived, who conquered, during extraordinary times. Whether I rate it four stars or five, it is worthy of your time to read, as well as a treasure to be passed on to younger generations.
Jessica 4 stars
A sweet book about WWII veterans and their spouses – looks similar to Larry Kings Love Stories of World War II. Each chapter is only 4-6 pages telling how each couple met and a bit about their lives.