The Best of Times: A Novel of Love and War Book Summary and Study Guide

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The author has produced a well-crafted and poignant World War II love story involving a young American fighter group commander and a much older English lady. But beyond this classy romance, the author has done his homework and shows he understands the European air war against the Nazis and what made the aircraft he piloted, the P-47 Thunderbolt, a great combat aircraft.
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The story is set in England in 1943 when the American Air Forces first entered the conflict and determined to prove that daylight strategic bombing could hasten, if not bring about, the defeat of Germany and her allies. Even young readers, said to find history "dull," will learn much about the air war while enjoying the love story.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 50% Tone of story    -   depressing/sad Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Air Force Specific to    -   WW II Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   pilot, airforce Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Air?    -   Yes Air:    -   warplane Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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