- File Size: 842 KB
- Print Length: 300 pages
- Publisher: HP Press (December 15, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 15, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MXYWLTV
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #340,663 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I have to admit, history isn't always my favorite subject but it was very interesting to read about the Korean War and Will's story. Like you mentioned in the book, usually the Korean War in schools is just an afterthought but so real to many veterans like Lauren's grandfather and great uncle. I love the way the history of the Korean War was intertwined with the lives of Will and Finn. Such a beautiful story, what a great sacrifice Will made to join because he feared and loved for his best friend.
The joint stories, past (Will and Finn's story) and present (Luke and Hal's) were wonderfully written. Sometimes, the break between past and present was a welcomed one, only because of the heaviness of the war story. I always cringe reading the tales of the life our soldiers have to endure in foreign lands during war time. I couldn't begin to imaging the horrors that they come back with that will haunt them forever. Just as this book so vividly portrays it is enlightening to us folk who wouldn't know otherwise. Although horrifying, I am grateful for the stories such as this. It puts lots into perspective and more than anything I appreciate all active and inactive service persons for their service. I live in a town where there is huge military presence and we never fail to let them know we appreciate their service.
I enjoy reading M/M stories when done well but I just didn't feel the connection between Luke and Hal. I thought their story was written quite well and I know Lauren can write it well after reading 'Loverboy' but I thought something was missing between Hal and Luke, mostly in Hal. The relationship seemed forced, hence the 4 stars. I really, really wanted to feel the connection, I longed for it but it just wasn't there. The M/M relationship just seemed so out of character for Hal, something was missing.
In summary, I highly recommend this book. In Lauren fashion, the literary fiction books she writes get better with every book. Because the character development is so intricate it is difficult not to become emotionally involved in her stories.
Thank you Lauren! Great use of the title referenced in the book by the way.
Anxiously waiting Ghost and Mag's story...
And Ollie and Wendy,,, :-)
I should have known, really I should have had more faith. I know this may be shocking, but in many different ways, I loved this as much as I loved Fearless. For you Lean Dogs' fans I know that will be hard to believe. This book draws you in and will not let go. It is the parallel story of 2 sets of best friends, boys who grow up together and love each other deeply. We have the contemporary story of Hal and Luke and we have the story of Will and Finn that takes place in the 40's and fifties. Will is an old man in this book and he is telling the story of his best friend Finn to Luke a writer. There is really much more to it than that but you kind of need to experience it yourself. Of course, you know from the beginning that Finn died but despite that his death still made me cry. I do not usually like to cry but I had plenty of time to prepare myself for the inevitable gut wrench. Gilley's words are just beautiful. The entire book is told from Luke's POV or from Will's POV in the flashbacks. Luke feels so real and you cannot help but relate to his insecurities and fears. He is a strong and worthy man but he just cannot see that like those around him can.
I read this in one sitting. It is that good. I highly recommend this book to everyone even if at first glance it does not feel like your kind of book. This leaves you happy and warm inside. It is just a beautifully written book. Eating crow never tasted so good.
The story tells the relationship of two sets of best friends during two different time periods; their connection, their bond that holds through thick and thin; the loyalty and love they have for each other. The characters are intriguing and self-conscience in ordinary ways that make you feel connected. You find yourself cheering them on wanting them to take the risks they need to take in order to find their true happiness.
It is Gilley's writing style that is second to none for me. In her description of a war-torn city, Gilley states, "Buildings cracked open like Easter eggs, spilling out guts of splintered wood and crumbled plaster." In her description of Luke when he realizes an issue differently she states, "Luke's brain tipped sideways, and when it did, the carefully stacked box of Things He Knew to be True when tumbling and rearranged itself."
For me, her style is simply beautiful and mesmerizing. This is a beautiful story of real, ordinary people, deep relationships, and the true bond that only some are lucky enough to have. It's a true life experience that leaves you with a feeling of hope, faith, and love and I highly recommend it.
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