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The sequel to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and THANKSGIVING, 1942 from USA TODAY bestselling author Alan Simon is here. Christmas season, 1945. The terrible years of war are finally over and millions of American solders, sailors, and airmen will be reunited with their families just in time for this glorious holiday season. Among them are the grown children of Gerald and Ir The sequel to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and THANKSGIVING, 1942 from USA TODAY bestselling author Alan Simon is here. Christmas season, 1945. The terrible years of war are finally over and millions of American solders, sailors, and airmen will be reunited with their families just in time for this glorious holiday season. Among them are the grown children of Gerald and Irene Coleman. Major Jonathan Coleman is on his way home after surviving many hazardous bombing missions over Europe and later in the Pacific. Anxiously awaiting Jonathan are not only his parents but also his fiancé Francine Donner, with Jonathan's and Francine's wedding planned for only days after Christmas. Captain Joseph Coleman wasn't as fortunate as his brother, having been shot down in late 1943 and then spending the rest of the war in German prisoner-of-war camps. But with the war now over, Joseph is also on his way home...accompanied by constant nightmares. Private Thomas Coleman enlisted in the Marine Corps following his high school graduation in the spring of 1945, but the war ended before he could be sent to the Pacific. Home for Christmas furlough, Thomas wonders what next awaits him. Charlene Coleman - better known to movie-goers as Carla Colburn, one of Hollywood's newest wartime starlets - is also on her way home, preparing for yet another round of verbal sparring with her mother over Charlene's burgeoning movie career. But Charlene has her own concerns about her movie prospects now that the war is over. Join the Coleman family as the years of non-stop worrying and being apart from one another finally come to an end, and each one prepares for what lies ahead following: The First Christmas After the War


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The sequel to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and THANKSGIVING, 1942 from USA TODAY bestselling author Alan Simon is here. Christmas season, 1945. The terrible years of war are finally over and millions of American solders, sailors, and airmen will be reunited with their families just in time for this glorious holiday season. Among them are the grown children of Gerald and Ir The sequel to THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and THANKSGIVING, 1942 from USA TODAY bestselling author Alan Simon is here. Christmas season, 1945. The terrible years of war are finally over and millions of American solders, sailors, and airmen will be reunited with their families just in time for this glorious holiday season. Among them are the grown children of Gerald and Irene Coleman. Major Jonathan Coleman is on his way home after surviving many hazardous bombing missions over Europe and later in the Pacific. Anxiously awaiting Jonathan are not only his parents but also his fiancé Francine Donner, with Jonathan's and Francine's wedding planned for only days after Christmas. Captain Joseph Coleman wasn't as fortunate as his brother, having been shot down in late 1943 and then spending the rest of the war in German prisoner-of-war camps. But with the war now over, Joseph is also on his way home...accompanied by constant nightmares. Private Thomas Coleman enlisted in the Marine Corps following his high school graduation in the spring of 1945, but the war ended before he could be sent to the Pacific. Home for Christmas furlough, Thomas wonders what next awaits him. Charlene Coleman - better known to movie-goers as Carla Colburn, one of Hollywood's newest wartime starlets - is also on her way home, preparing for yet another round of verbal sparring with her mother over Charlene's burgeoning movie career. But Charlene has her own concerns about her movie prospects now that the war is over. Join the Coleman family as the years of non-stop worrying and being apart from one another finally come to an end, and each one prepares for what lies ahead following: The First Christmas After the War

30 review for The First Christmas After the War (An American Family's Wartime Saga Book 3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    5 stars for this book and for the series! OK, I admit it. I’m a sap. I like books that make me feel. And this one has all the feelings; thus, 5 golden stars for The First Christmas After the War. I think it best not to go into any plot details as the last book left off in late 1942, and this one begins in late 1945; I don’t want to risk any spoilers. Suffice to say this is a holiday reunion of Coleman family members and friends. There are more problems to face with many of the characters looking 5 stars for this book and for the series! OK, I admit it. I’m a sap. I like books that make me feel. And this one has all the feelings; thus, 5 golden stars for The First Christmas After the War. I think it best not to go into any plot details as the last book left off in late 1942, and this one begins in late 1945; I don’t want to risk any spoilers. Suffice to say this is a holiday reunion of Coleman family members and friends. There are more problems to face with many of the characters looking at very uncertain futures. There is much to like about this three-book (so far) series. Though the writing is simple, the meat is there in spades. I particularly loved the intimate conversations amongst the Colemans and also with their friends. I most enjoyed the talks between the siblings and the discussions the Coleman “children” had with their father, Gerald. Pay attention and you will receive some wonderful life lessons. Strength of family, wisdom of elders, vitalness of hope, payoff of delayed gratification, importance of helping each other out, and the vast array of human emotions are all explored in this 331-page novel. I understand there is to be a fourth installment coming at some point that follows the Colemans into the 1950s. I’ll be first in line to grab it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    LuVerne Hoover

    Excellent story - I enjoyed it very much. Would give it 5 stars if it had had some editing...I couldn't put the story down. The characters came to life in such a real way. I loved reading about a blue collar family post depression era. I am really surprised at the number of readers who say it is well written, however. Story-wise, yes. But grammatically - oh my gosh...it was very disturbing. I don't think the grammar got lost in formatting for Kindle, either. The run on sentences with long string Excellent story - I enjoyed it very much. Would give it 5 stars if it had had some editing...I couldn't put the story down. The characters came to life in such a real way. I loved reading about a blue collar family post depression era. I am really surprised at the number of readers who say it is well written, however. Story-wise, yes. But grammatically - oh my gosh...it was very disturbing. I don't think the grammar got lost in formatting for Kindle, either. The run on sentences with long strings of words in parentheses was the biggest issue. Here is an example where it just seemed as if no one read over the finished copy. "Thomas grabbed the Post-Gazette's sports section-without Pirates baseball and the college football season all but over the sports section was rather light, but the city's minor league hockey team, the Pittsburgh Hornets, had played the night before and Joseph could read about the hockey game as well as any news of the upcoming football bowl games on New Year's Day." If the author could turn this over to a decent editor, I would give it 5 stars in a heartbeat!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    This is the third book in the series about the Coleman Family. It is the end of the war. The two brothers who were in the Air Force return, as well as their actress sister who had been on several USO trips. The story was realistic, evoking many of the feelings that were so prevalent after returning from active duty and the families they returned to. The only thing I did not not like was the smoking that happened in the majority of scenes. While I know that smoking was very popular in those days This is the third book in the series about the Coleman Family. It is the end of the war. The two brothers who were in the Air Force return, as well as their actress sister who had been on several USO trips. The story was realistic, evoking many of the feelings that were so prevalent after returning from active duty and the families they returned to. The only thing I did not not like was the smoking that happened in the majority of scenes. While I know that smoking was very popular in those days before the General Surgeons report, it seemed to be over done. Other than that, it was an excellent book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jan Chiles

    Simple and charming The Coleman men are back from the war as damaged goods. Trying to deal with their demons, they have to try to assimilate as fast as society wants. Most interesting of series in my opinion. Another book in the series is forthcoming.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carole Welch

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brad Cookson

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kathi

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Jones

  10. 4 out of 5

    Roger Ferland

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ellen A. Card

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joyce Young

  13. 4 out of 5

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Ellen Bradley

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Russell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lee Holmes

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda Hohenstein

  18. 4 out of 5

    leroy waring

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

  20. 4 out of 5

    Pat Layden

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  23. 4 out of 5

    Carleen Olderman

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carole Defilippi

  25. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Swanson

  26. 5 out of 5

    david t webster

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bob

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sandra L. Gaboury

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mary Jane McMeekin

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