- File Size: 1160 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976523052
- Publication Date: November 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0778MPL8B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,961,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The author has crafted a tale that captivates the reader from start to finish in a complex, intricate plot that mixes war, romance, friendship, back stabbing behavior and intrigue.
I'm not much of one for romance novels, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Margaret Tanner has done some thorough research on WWI and she writes so effectively about conditions in the trenches. Her battle scenes are gripping and come to life. Those were parts of the book I liked the most.
Lauren is a young Australian woman who loses her fiance Danny in the war. But she finds new love in caring for another military man, Blair, who returns shell-shocked and suffering from amnesia. His fiance Helen deserts him during his convalescence. She is a selfish, vain and snobbish piece of work. Not very likeable. Lauren helps Blair recover and they fall in love. But trouble lies ahead. Helen returns determined to get her man back and send Lauren packing.
There are some great characters in this novel. I must say I had some trouble accepting what Lauren saw in Blair since he sometimes acted like a jerk and was very ungentlemanly too many times. Not the most endearing of male leads.
The Australian setting is wonderful as are the scenes at Blair's ranch, Coolibah. The book is very well written and edited with only a few very minor issues that do not hurt the story.
Overall a very good read that most people will enjoy. Worth every one of its 5 stars.
I love this author firstly because her books are set in Australia, a country that I love. Secondly this time period for a book set in Australia is unusual.
Thirdly she makes me feel the story and this is what counts in the end.
"Lauren's Dilemma" is not her best well written book because some parts I find a bit rushed and not well developed but still it's so heart-wrenching.
I've shed real tears for Danny, Dick and Blair. Strange to say but in their own way each of them has win me over. Daniel's death due to his reckless and impulsive behavior to avenge his friend's killing...The exchange of letters between Blair and Lauren, Blair's desire to have some form of comfort while at the front since his uncaring fianceé was too busy taking the high society by sotrm...and Dick, his sad story, when he tells Lauren what happend to him, well, I wanted to kill that monstrous soldier.
I really feel their pain.
Strange to say but the love story between Blair and Lauren was not what has kept me hooked, it was the pains the characters suffer and how they overcome or don't the atrocities of war.
The romantic side was not well developed, it was not bad, this has to be clear, but I felt some passages missing and others a bit too rushed.
However until now I've appreciated and enjoyed all I've read by this author.
It was for the most part a clean book. It did have a few parts that were sexual, but not graphically but still it was there.
Laureen spends half of the book missing her boyfriend Danny, who died in the war, and the other half longing for her cousin's fiance Blair.
I didn't quite care for how Ms. Tanner continually felt the need to emphasize that there was only older men around because all the young men had gone off to war. I think that we got that the first time.
Other than those few things, I thought it was a good book.
What I liked best about the book was the way the author tied up all the loose ends in the ending. I've never read anything set during the Great War, and I found the history fascinating. I highly recommend this book.