For the A to Z blogging challenge I’ve decided to blog about the 1940′s. And in the spirit of the 1940′s, at the end of the month, I’ll be giving away an ebook copy of one of my favorite books, Summer at Tiffany, to one of my newsletter subscribers (sign-up on the sidebar if you are so inclined.) It’s a light-hearted memoir of two college girls let loose in New York City for a summer. What a hoot.

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Queen Elizabeth was a spunky teenage princess during WWII. War broke out when she was 13, so she came of age during an incredibly volatile and scary time in her nation’s history.

Here she is in 1940 speaking to the children who were evacuated to safety:

I was so impressed at how she pitched in and worked during the war. She worked as a driver and a mechanic.

Also when she was 13, she met Prince Philip. They were secretly engaged in 1946, but her father asked them to wait until after she turned 21 to announce it. They formally announced their engagement in July 1947. (I give a nod to this event in my new 1940’s novel, Cinderella’s Shoes, coming out in October–I couldn’t resist.)

The Princess Weds:

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