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The Widows Choice: 1941 (The House of Winslow #39) [Paperback]

By Gilbert Morris (Author)
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Item description for The Widows Choice: 1941 (The House of Winslow #39) by Gilbert Morris...

Life during the Great Depression has been hard for Alona Winslow Jennings, but it is turned upside down when she loses her husband in a terrible accident. When she marries Oscar Moran, a wealthy older man, her motivation is far more about Oscar providing for her three young sons than any romantic inclinations.

Oscar is indeed a good provider, but there is no spark of love between them. She realizes the error of her decision when she begins to feel drawn to Jason, a fighter pilot in the raging second world war.

Alona and Jason?s friendship grows amid the tumult Amerida's increasing involvement in the global crises. Will Alona remain true to her marriage vows--and her faith in God--in spite of her turbulent circumstances?

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Pages   320
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 30, 2006
ISBN  0764200275  
ISBN13  9780764200274  

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More About Gilbert Morris

Gilbert Morris GILBERT MORRIS has written numerous novels for both adults and young people. After teaching high school, pastoring several Southern Baptist churches, and chairing the English department at Ouachita Baptist University, Gilbert retired to write and publish full-time. He has written more than 200 novels, including the Seven Sleepers series for youth. He lives in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with his wife, Johnnie.

Gilbert Morris currently resides in Gulf Shores, in the state of Alabama.

Gilbert Morris has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Singing River (Numbered)

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Not as exciting as other HOW books but a good character look  Jan 20, 2007
This really doesn't even seem like a House of Winslow book since the main character starts out named Alona Winslow Jennings. I had to search that darn family tree for like five minutes until I even found her on it. Those nits aside, it's a decent story, typical Gilbert Morris. If you're ready for this book (meaning have read most of the other House of Winslow books) it won't disappoint you. And if you're just starting the HOW series, you've got a long long long way to go, but this one would be fine to read now anyway since it's basically a stand alone.
The Winslows during Pearl Harbor  Jan 11, 2007
Alana is a widow with three boys living during the Great Depression. Her husband died during an accident in the mine that he worked in. She has to find a way to support to her family by working in a factory. Along the way she meets Oscar Moran, a rich older man who she decides to marry after he shows that he can support her and her family. However the marriage is one of convienience and not love, and Alana finds herself drawn to Oscar's younger brother Jason. The feelings are mutual between the two but they don't act on it due to Oscar's jealousy. Then Jason joins the military right before Pearl Harbor and everything in the lives of the three changes.

I have read almost all of Gilbert Morris's books and every single book in the House of Winslow series. I love this series because goes through almost every single important American event through the eyes of a family. From the way the cover is portrayed, I thought the book would be more focused on Pearl Harbor but that doesn't take place until the last few chapters and even then it's only briefly mentioned. I have also noticed with this book, as with the last few HOW books, that there is no attempt to bring about other members of the Winslow family to the story. I guess when you have a family tree that goes almost four pages, it's hard to keep track of everyone. I didn't like though how Oscar changes from when he was courting Alana to after they got married. All of a sudden he goes from being a nice old man, to a cold, insensitive, jealous husband. What I do love about Morris's books is the rich historical detail he gives into his stories. I really like hearing about the culture and events that took place in the late 30s and early 40s. You learn about news events, movies that were playing, what clothes people wore. Also you can always count on a mouthwatering description of the food from that time period. I have enjoyed reading this series throughout the years, I've learned a lot about history from it. Unfortunately the next book will be the last one in the series. I was hoping for the Winslow family to come into the 21st century but I guess I'll just have to use my imagination for that.
Novel set in the '30s and '40s  Jan 3, 2007
The Widow's Choice is Gilbert Morris's 20th novel in The House of Winslow series. However, it is truly a stand-alone novel that requires no long-term commitment to a series or to a cast of characters.

The novel beings in July 1938. Alona Winslow Jennings is the happy, loving mother of three boys who finds happiness beyond description with her husband Truman. Then her life is turned upside down when Truman in killed in a quarry accident. The mining company offers Alona a shameful, pitiful sum of $1,000 as compensation for her husband's life. Desperate for money, Alona accepts the meager offering.

By the time September 1939 rolls around, Alona and the boys are forced to move from their home to the poor side of town. Alona has gotten a little domestic work, but money is almost non-existent. With her faith and her boys to keep her going, Alona does the best she can.

Then she meets and marries Oscar Moran, a wealthy, much older man, who can provide for her and the boys. Oscar may have feelings for Alona, but she does not reciprocate. Alona and the boys move into Oscar's mansion where she meets his much younger brother Jason, a fighter pilot in the escalating World War II. Sparks fly between the two.

The Widow's Choice reminded me a lot of the Humphrey Bogart/William Holden film Sabrina, but set in a different time period.

Armchair Interviews says: A good read for a cold winter's evening.

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