I thought I’d quick SQUEEZE this review in before Christmas as it would be a great book for a book lover. It was good.
So many historical fiction books are pioneer, Holocaust or WWII books. I always feel like WWI kind of got left aside. It was wonderful to read the book and learn more about the war. I loved history but reading how people lived during it is so much more meaningful to me. This book is written ENTIRELY in letters of correspondence. At first I thought there was no way this would work but it totally did.
Here’s what Amazon had to say:
“August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes—as everyone does—that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris.
But as history tells us, it all happened so differently…
Evie and Thomas experience a very different war. Frustrated by life as a privileged young lady, Evie longs to play a greater part in the conflict—but how?—and as Thomas struggles with the unimaginable realities of war he also faces personal battles back home where War Office regulations on press reporting cause trouble at his father’s newspaper business. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears—and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene?
Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris—a cherished packet of letters in hand—determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him…”
Amazon readers give the book 4.6 stars. I’m going to agree. I liked it. It trying to pick between this book and The Lighthouse Keepers Daughter, pick this one instead. I liked it better.