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As with most romances, the plot means less than the characters. The author does a fantastic job of making you believe in these two broken people. Lorna is thoroughly depressed but never unlikable and I always wanted her to find some peace. The author weaves in several details that subtly show her decision to release her grief and begin to live again. Even after tragedy, she finds ways to keep growing. That constant growth and a decent splash of humor keep the protagonist plucky enough to be likable. I particularly liked that she found ways to be compassionate even as she struggled. In the end, her compassion and willingness to forgive herself and others save her from a life stuck in grief. The male character gets less attention. He's lovable and his journey matters but it feels incomplete at the end of the book.
This work is probably more inspiration fiction than romance. The romance was pleasant but the writing shined during the moments relating to faith and grief. The author takes her time to develop Lorna/Laura, giving us a real glimpse at what's required to move beyond our darkest spaces.The book is readable and lovely though it loses pace in the last third. There are some places where the writing feels uneven, especially in the last third. However, for a debut novel in this market, the book is well worth the time to read.
Laura is still trying to recover from the loss of her parents, who died in a tragic accident. When her young brother Chucky is conscripted in 1943 and is sent to the front, she is left absolutely alone, bitter and unsure of what to do with her life. The only person who happens to come to her rescue is a rather strange neighbor who slowly but inevitably finds his way into Laura’s heart. Only, he has a dark secret that may forever destroy the fragile new relationship the two broken souls share, unless Laura decides to finally find the strength in her to let go of the past…
I’m a huge fan of historical fiction and especially of the WWII era, and this story is not only very well-written but also meticulously researched. The important messages it sends, such as the power of forgiveness and the necessity to move forward instead of living in the past, are dotted throughout the novel, making you root for the characters and hope for them to finally find their peace and a happy place despite all of the tragedies of the past. I absolutely loved it, and I highly recommend it. Definitely a five star read!