After about the fifth novel I've totally enjoyed in the historical fiction genre, I realize that I have to stop saying I don't like historical fiction. I guess I never wanted to feel like I was reading to learn about a time period, rather that I was just reading a good story. But good historical fiction gives you both (and it's not a bad thing to learn about a particular time period).
With all of that baggage out of the way, I really enjoyed Ellen Baker's novel I Gave My Heart to Know This. You get a little bit of Rosie the Riveter, a little bit of keeping the home fires burning during World War II, a little bit of Wisconsin farm life, a little bit of California dreaming and a whole lot of family secrets. A wonderful story with well developed characters that might also convince you to give the historical fiction genre a try if you've stayed away before. I'm a fan now!