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Welcome to The 1940s Experience where living historian and novelist Cat T. Gardiner

travels with you to wartime America and beyond in her evocative WWII-era epic novels.

Cat's WW2-era debut novel, A Moment Forever, was a

2017 Next Generation Indie Book Award Romance Finalist.

She has just published the two-volume Flying with the Swallows adventure:

The Lisbon Affair, Volume One and Rendezvous in Berlin, Volume Two!


Between writing and WWII home front reenacting,

Cat takes her readers on a forties journey here at The 1940s Experience blog and gallery.

The Lisbon Affair

Newest Releases - April 2, 2024

Flying With the Swallows Duology

"This epic story is a memorable one from start to finish. Incorporating well-researched fictional and non-fictional historical characters, the writing is evocative and captivating, the romance is passionate, and the angst is real."

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Award Winning Novel

"In my lifetime of reading there have only been a few stories that have stayed with me, where the characters lived on after I closed the book - this is one of them."

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Time & Again Antique Shop Series

"Ms Gardiner is one of the most talented authors out there. I challenge you to dislike this book because I know it is not possible. She is truly gifted in sharing hope and love. Magical!"

Undercover - An Austen Noir

 "I have read and given all of Cat’s other books 5 stars…she writes the tone, the language, the culture and the political atmosphere of the 1950's here so well. I kept hearing Humphrey Bogart’s and Lauren Bacall’s voices in my head. I highly recommend this book."