Happy Saturday! I took some time from writing to come here and post my review of a book I read in the past month and that I hope I get to reread again, but I will explain that in the review.
“Until We Meet Again“, written by Rosemary Goodacre, is a Historical WW1 novel published on 31st October 2019 by Hera.
I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Rosemary Goodacre for the eCopy of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review of the book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The Great War drove them apart – but love kept them together
Summer 1914: Shy young woman, Amy Fletcher, lives a quiet life in Sussex. An office worker, she lives at home, along with her parents and spirited younger brother, Bertie. But her life is transformed when she meets handsome young man, Edmond Derwent, son of one of the wealthiest families in the small town of Larchbury, and student at Cambridge University.
The couple are falling deeply in love when war breaks out and, eager to do his duty for England, Edmond signs up as an officer. The couple plan to be wed, eager to start a new life together – but their happiness is short-lived when Edmond is sent to Flanders to lead his men into battle. Amy trains as a VAD nurse and is soon sent to France, where she sees the true horror of war inflicted on the brave young men sent to fight.
Separated by war, Edmond and Amy share their feelings through emotional letters sent from the front line. But when Edmond is critically wounded at Ypres, their love faces the biggest test of all – can their love stay strong while the world around them is crumbling?
A romantic, emotional saga set in WW1 – readers of Rosie Goodwin, Katie Flynn and Val Wood will be captivated by this story of love.
About the Author
Rosemary Goodacre has previously worked in computing and teaching. She has had short stories published and a novella, A Fortnight is not Enough.
Her father’s family came from continental Europe and she loves travelling.
She enjoys country walking, bridge and classical music. She lives with her husband in Kent, England.
In the last couple of years I have found a love for Historical novels and I have been opening myself to read WWI and WWII novels since I know there are a lot of amazing books and authors out there that write about that time period. So far I have enjoyed the stories I have read. “Until We Meet Again” is one of those.
There are story that as soon as I finish them I know I will reread them again in the future. Some because I know a lot have escape my attention (in case of crime and mystery novels) and others is because of how exciting the storytelling was. In this case, it’s because I was an emotional chaos when I read it the first time and I have no idea how tho review it despite the fact that I have taken days to let everything settle down on my mind and heart.
If you read the blurb you can already have an idea why I was emotional, but the truth, even I wasn’t prepared for every page and every moment in this story. And since I haven’t read many historical novels that happen during the Great War, and I don’t consider myself an history fanatic/nerd/expert, it was a different experience for me than for some people, I’m sure. Nevertheless, that just made me want to research more about that era.
About the characters, I loved Amy. Despite the fact that I haven’t been through a similar situation as she has, I could still feel for her, have empathy. Every moment, everything she has to do to save people and survive. And Edmond… Their relationship… It all made me so focus, I couldn’t let go of the story until I knew what would happen to them and if they would reconnect.
For me, that emotional rollercoaster as well as the intensity I felt and the curiosity that kept me focus in the story, was thanks to the authors wonderful storytelling abilities. I could visualize what she was describing and all the powerful scenes just made me get transported to that time and location.
Overall, I really do need to reread the story because it was such an amazing book with a beautiful and emotional message of love, as well as the strength of the men and women that fought for freedom and to save the life of the innocent. That been said, of course I loved it and of course I want to reexperience it again, and see it with different eyes and not blind by emotion. And I do recommend it to everyone that like this genre of books.
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