My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I’m a huge sucker for WWII historicals, so when I saw this listed on the Love Is An Open Road page, I was very excited to read it. What I didn’t expect was to read it cover to cover in two sittings overnight. I just couldn’t put it down.
The real strength of this book is its characters. Not only do our main characters, Arty and Jim, come to life as very three-dimensional, believable people, but the cast of supporting characters is rich and diverse, adding their own stories and personal struggles into the mix. I very much liked Jean and her battle to come to terms with her expected role as wife and mother after the war, and was glad she was able to realize her dreams almost as much as I was for the main characters to find their happiness together. Joshua, Jim’s brother, was also very likable. Charlie I struggled to like as much, but could appreciate that his heart was in the right place even when he expressed it clumsily.
As for all the feelings this book evoked in me… I’m still reeling from them. The yearning of two people deeply in love, but forced to be apart, the fear of living in times when love was a crime, the challenges of life, family, and disability… they’re all here, and I dare you to read this book and come away unmoved. An absolute must-read, and one for my favorites shelf.