|What an incredible book! I literally read it in one day (and it's not a short book). Even though my favorite genre is historical romance, I usually do not particularly like the WWII era. I am not too fond of wartime situations. However, this phenomenal story changed my mind!
This book story began with Christmas Eve, 2005, and then chapter 1 reverts to March 1944. Because of this, you know at the beginning that Daniel died because Colleen is reminiscing alone at her home in North Platte, Nebraska, in the current time. Therefore, each mission, each disaster, I kept expecting his death. There are so many extraordinary events in this story that there is no way to chronically convey them without completely giving the story away. I would never do that because this remarkable story needs to be experienced first hand.
Colleen and her friends Melanie, Vivian and Ruth were all Army nurses. They were on a three-day pass from the fighting and met a group of fighter pilots at a tavern in England. The nurses were having a good time, but when the "life of the party" Colleen was drawn to CPT Daniel Ryan, she was hesitant to get involved because she had lost her fianc�e when his plane when down in enemy territory. She felt her heart could not go through that again. Of course, she didn't tell Daniel why she was uninterested.
Circumstances were such that all the nurses and pilots were stationed close to each other so they all got to be good friends. In fact, Vivian and Rick, another pilot, were married very quickly. The others were aware that Colleen and Daniel were in love with each other; they did, however, understand why Colleen was so hesitant to commit herself to another pilot. There were circumstances that caused much heartache and remorse throughout the book. Each time there were bad conditions, there seemed to be some sweet, loving situations to counteract the rough times.
Ms. Lorna K. Grant has an unquestionable winner in this novel. Make sure you take advantage of this narrative!
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
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