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by Fern Michaels

  • ISBN: 0517175428
  • Category: Fiction
  • Author: Fern Michaels
  • Subcategory: Women's Fiction
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (April 22, 1997)
  • FB2 size: 1431 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 733
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Bestselling author Fern Michaels has won the hearts of readers worldwide with her sweeping novels of women coping with the challenges of love. In To Have and to Hold, she tells the compelling story of a woman who harnesses tragedy and grows courageously-strong, independent, and free to love. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD It is 1970 and Kate Starr is the perfect wife Bestselling author Fern Michaels has won the hearts of readers worldwide with her sweeping novels of women coping with the challenges of love. In To Have and to Hold, she tells the compelling story of a woman who harnesses tragedy and grows.

TO LIVE IS TO FLY Sometimes life is handed to you. Sometimes it’s taken away without warning. For Kate Starr, her life is now about moving forward not knowing if her husband has been killed in his tour of duty. Suddenly Kate must raise their two daughters by herself and struggle with the . government to get news of her husband. Slowly but surely, her fight to be heard transforms Kate into a successful businesswoman ready to find love again and live life to the fullest-by learning to let go of the very things that mean the most to her. Now, in TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, she tells the compelling story of a woman very much of her generation, a woman who harnesses tragedy and grows courageously into the nineties-strong, independent, and free to love. It is 1970 and Kate Starr is the perfect wife, the perfect mother, and the perfect housekeeper.

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Fern Michaels (born Mary Ruth Kuczkir; April 9, 1933) is an American author of romance and thriller novels, including nearly 150 best selling books with nearly 200 million copies in print. Her United States Today and New York Times best selling books include Family Blessings, Pretty Woman, and Crown Jewel, as well as the Texas quartet and the Captive series.

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Bestselling author Fern Michaels has won the hearts of readers worldwide with her sweeping novels of women coping with the challenges of love. Now, in TO HAVE AND TO HOLD, she tells the compelling story of a woman very much of her generation, a woman who harnesses tragedy and grows courageously into the nineties--strong, independent, and free to love.It is 1970 and Kate Starr is the perfect wife, the perfect mother, and the perfect housekeeper. But soon after her husband Patrick departs for a tour of duty in Vietnam, he is listed as MIA. Suddenly, Kate must raise their two daughters by herself, learn how to earn a living, and struggle with the U.S. government to get news of her husband.It is ultimately the government's callousness that turns Kate into an activist, determined to be heard. It is the beginning of a new Kate Starr. Twenty years later, she has educated herself and her daughters, started a successful business...and finally found love again, the fulfilling love of a passionate woman....Deeply felt and incredibly moving, TO HAVE AND TO HOLD traces the awakening of a remarkable woman who learns that sometimes in order to keep love in our hearts, we have to let it go.
Reviews about To Have and to Hold (7):
Sagda
Completely engrossing well written story about a woman who has already been taken care of by her uber organized and controlling fighter pilot husband until he is MIA in Viet Nam. Kate Starr grows from a dependent wife who spends her day doting on her daughters and making handcrafts without an apparent care in the world until she becomes a thorn in the military's side... the wife of a missing fighter pilot who wants answers.... who becomes a successful business woman. I cheered her as she reached milestone after milestone with her children and business, and especially cheered the unbelievable challenges she must overcome... no spoilers here.... trust me, the book is gut wrenching in the emotional toll we experience with Kate.One of Fern Michaels' best, and not just an ordinary light hearted romance for sure.
Blackworm
I really enjoyed this book. Kate Starr is a mother of two young girls and the wife of a man who belittles her but she knows nothing else.
He is a hot shot pilot and leaves to join the war in Viet Nam only to be shot down and eventually ends up in Russia as a prisioner.
Kate's world falls apart and she is helped by a loving Della and Donald.
Kate constantly battles with government officals who deny her help because nobody can account for Patricks wherabouts and he isn't listed as dead or a prisoner of war but missing in action. Slowly she is able to put her life back together and finds that she isn't stupid like Partick always inferred. She goes to college, opens her own company and even falls in love again with a much younger man.
That's when Patrick returns and her world is turned upside down again.
Again the government steps in and makes the family sign papers releasing them from any wrong-doing and Patrick instead of getting a hero's welcome home is forced to pretend to be someone else, Harry. Patrick of course has many problems from his years as a prisoner of war both mental and physical. Kate, the dutiful wife, calls off her wedding and devotes her life to helping her husband recover. I won't give away the ending but it is a happy one. Fern Michaels has a way of making her characters come alive and that's not an easy task.
Kanrad
I have read at least 96 percent of all of Fern Michaels books. I started this one (again) earlier today and could NOT put it down. Her books are like magnets, they are difficult to find a place to stop reading . If I am not feeling well they just take me to a dreamland that is so real, this book was so deep and yet not so graphic to give a body nightmares. What an amazing writer you are Ms. Michaels, thank you for so many hours of pleasure while restless at night, going through cancer (twice), many surgeries and illnesses over the past 20 or so years. I am including meeting you some day on my "Bucket List". Hugs
Adoraris
A teacher once told me to read the first 30 pages of a book before deciding if I didn't like it. That's what I had to do because I thought this one was really slow and boring at first. I was really wrong. Once I got past that 30th page, I was hooked.

It's a sad, but I'm sure, quite true story of what many families went through during the Viet Nam War. Even today, some families are just now finding out a loved one is officially dead and there still are many MIAs.....or are there? Reading this well written book will have you wondering as it's left me.
KiddenDan
Not one of her best, but I could not put the book down. About a young girl first love, her lost when her husband goes MIA. Her fights with the Government, problems she had getting information from them. Her problems raising two young children, with no training to get a job. She's helps helps out a lady who just lost her job and home. Who then helps Kate to go to school and raise her children. She becomes a success, even with her depression over her missing husband. After twenty years she plans to be married in two months. When the government just brings her sick MIA husband home in secret. They can't tell anyone outside her family that he is home. I will not tell you the whole story, you must read it yourself.
Rias
A fabulous read about a family going through a terrible life's ordeal. Most of the book will give you a good cry. But there is so much courage from all the characters but especially the strong character of the mother Kate Starr. Would love a sequel with the daughters life and Kate and Patrick as grandparents. Great story especially if you lived through the Vietnam was.
Kefrannan
This was a very well written book. It had everything you would want to experience. Having lived through the Vietnam war era, I can relate to the story. It is so believable. Again, the only issue I have with the book is the one section where the sex was explicit. It wasn't throughout the book, but I felt unnecessary to it.
Great book that I am sure I will never forget. It's about love, love lost and the worst of a very bad war!

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