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- Print Length: 100 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins e-books (November 9, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2010
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003V1WVDY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,499 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Set in post war Texas, heroine Meg can barely tolerate just looking at Clayton Holland. Her contempt and hatred is palpable. Meg's young husband died during the Civil War along with three of her brothers and she irrationally despises Clay for living while her loved ones are buried far away. Clay was a conscientious objector during the War and imprisoned by the Confederacy for his beliefs.
Clay is a complex fellow, a sculptor who is kind, thoughtful and brave, even though the townsfolk have no idea of the anguish he has suffered. Clay returned home to his parent's farm after the war. His parents died while he was imprisoned and now he is the owner of the farm. He has a younger brother close to his age and a set of twin brothers about ten years old. Clay has no friends in town, they all consider him a coward and even his brother is ashamed of him.
Meg seeks a way to punish Clay and she comes up with the perfect solution. She will demand that he sculpt a statue honoring the dead soldiers from their small town. When she approaches Clay with the idea he agrees which throws Meg for a loop, she expects resistance. She is also insistent that she watch him sculpt every day so she can throw him contemptuous glances and basically remind him of his cowardice. Meg is such an angry person that it is easy not to like her. Her tone is dismissive with Clay and she is quick to tell him how much she truly despises him. The reader will wonder how this couple ever finds their way to tender feelings.
As the sculpture comes to life so do Meg and Clay's feelings. Meg learns so much from the taciturn Clay and even more she redefines valor. Her interactions with Clay and his twin brothers are nakedly honest, yet she still has her pride which in many ways is the biggest stumbling block to her relationship with Clay.
Clay is a divine character and even though he has suffered much there is an aura of goodness and even innocence about him. He is humble and this does not diminish his presence in the least. He epitomizes selflessness throughout this story.
Ultimately this tale is one of courage and loyalty. Both characters have these virtues and when they are together their passionate natures are seen in all of their actions. This is a five star read and one that has memorable characters and a heartfelt story.
Top international reviews
It changes the hatred of a woman to love and in turn gives her the courage to speak out.
Lorraine Heath has surpassed herself with this story and has opened my eyes to the different types of courage there are. It has made me realise, while this is only fiction, how judgemental and intolerant people are of one another when they do not share the same beliefs. It is a stunning love story, exceptionally emotive and differs from many others in so many ways.
It's really hard to choose books from other people's reviews because you quickly realise how varied tastes are - one person's brilliant makes someone else cringe! If you like Lisa Kleypas or Meredith Duran, I think you'll enjoy this. It's an emotional journey of the developing relationship between the protagonists. The provocative and emotive subject around which the story develops is believeably expressed in the prejudices, actions and words of the characters.
Clay hat im amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg den Kriegsdienst aus Überzeugung verweigert und das beinahe mit dem Tod bezahlt, auf jeden Fall aber mit Jahren in der Gefangenschaft voller Entbehrung. Und mit dem Ende des Kriegs geht die Leidenszeit mit der Rückkehr auf die elterliche Farm, die er nun mit seinen jüngeren Brüdern bewirtschaften muss, erbarmungslos weiter: anders als fast alle seiner Jugendfreunde ist er, der von fast allen als Feigling und Verräter angesehen wird, eben nicht im Krieg gefallen, sondern zurückgekommen. Die Witwe seines besten Freundes, Meg, hasst ihn dafür und gibt bei ihm, der vor dem Krieg die Hoffnung hatte, Bildhauer zu werden, ein Denkmal für die gefallenen Helden des Ortes in Auftrag. So will sie ihm seine Schmach so richtig bitter reinreiben.
Eine "romance" wär keine romance, wenn die beiden sich am Ende nicht bekämen, aber das Spannende hier ist die historische Einbettung, die ernsten Themen, die den Hintergrund der Liebesgeschichte bilden. Es ist spannend, wie viel und wie intensiv man über diese Zeit der US-Geschichte, über die Befindlichkeit der Menschen lernt und wie schnörkellos Heath die Geschichte zeichnet.
Neben den meisten Liebesgeschichten, die ich zuletzt gelesen hab, wirkt Always to Remember wie der schlichte, frische Duft einer zarten, perfekten Blume neben den überladenen, protzigen Parfümmischungen, von denen man bei zu viel Schnuppern Kopfweh und Übelkeit bekommen könnte. An AtR dagegen könnte man beständig schnuppern!