It was a sweet, engaging book, which I enjoyed. Spoiler summary follows: Jess escapes her domineering boyfriend by hiding in an abandoned house for a while. She finds clothes to wear, a little bit of food to keep her barely alive, and...a box of letters from an American fighter pilot named Dan. They are all addressed to Stella. Jess reads them and learns of Dan’s deep and enduring love for Stella, but knows nothing of Stella. She sets out to discover who Dan was, who Stella was, and what became of the them. Her path crosses with a young man who become enamored of the mystery, too, as well as captivated by Jess.
Meanwhile, a parallel story emerges about Dan and Stella. Stella was an orphan who had the great good luck to get married to an admired pastor. She longs for a loving home and tries so hard to be a good wife, but her husband is unmoved. Eventually, she discovers that he is gay, although he himself cannot abide the idea of this abomination. She allows herself to fall in love with a sweet fighter pilot, and they plan to be together as soon as he finishes his military obligation (an obligation that most fighter pilots of the time were not living through).
Unfortunately, Stella became pregnant by her husband who, one time, had brutal sex with her. She cannot leave her daughter, cannot take her daughter with her, and therefore cannot leave her husband.
Jess at last finds Dan and brings him and Stella together at the very end of their lives.
A young woman fleeing an abusive boyfriend takes refuge in an abandoned house. She finds a love letter from 1942, and is determined to find out if they had a “happily ever after”.
This is a long but very well written book and an extremely engaging story. It is very hard to put down so thank goodness there is the occasional part that is a bit slow. The story is not very realistic - too many good luck coincidences - life just isn't like that. It is not a profound, thought provoking book nor is very informative about the period in which it takes place. Nonetheless worth reading though: a good story, well written.
A very nice story about a wartime romance. I found it a bit slow at times but enjoyed the story very much.
A romance story with some of it being told through letters between a WWII American pilot and his married lover. Many topics are covered here from spousal abuse, rape, the homeless ...but thankfully also a story about love.
Wonderful book! I hope the author will write more.
A fantastic read from a new favorite author. I wanted to savor every chapter of this book and make it last. Thoroughly enjoyable!
Enveloped immediately in the characters and the plot; the romance; the suspense. Ms Grey writes with an authentic tone from describing WWII bombing missions over Germany to sweet hot sex!
I found this novel to be a lovely and moving WW2 story, with interesting characters that left me with lots to think about even after the last page. This book was written in the "dual narrative style" that has recently been made very popular by authors like Kate Morton. As the story opens, a young lady (in the near present) is fleeing from an abusive boyfriend when she happens upon a small neglected house in London.
The house is the bond between the new and old story after she finds an old box ful of letters. The story of Stella (past) and Jess (present) share many similarities both bad - overbearing, abusive partners - and good - possibilities of love. The book successfully depicts many fragile truths about life, for example, a U.S airman who has a 70% chance of NOT surviving his tour of duty. Perfect for fans of War love stories.
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