1969-- Set on the shores of the Albemarle Sound, April Harrington has fond memories of summers at her family home, Bliss. After her fairytale wedding disintegrates, it becomes her refuge—the one place where she can attempt to pull the unraveling threads of her life back together. Unbeknownst to April, the stately house has been neglected in recent years. The once-sturdy roof is leaking in a few dozen places, and the wharf is rotting. Nothing is the same as she remembers. Nothing except for Hale, a Viet Nam pilot who is haunted by a dreadful secret, and who is also her brother’s best friend, a brother killed in the conflict that is tearing the country apart.
In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
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A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011. The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
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My thoughts: It is very rare these days to find a book taking place around or during the Vietnam era. It is even somewhat rare to find books that mention this time in our history. This book does an excellent job of talking about Vietnam, what it meant for our country, and how it affected everyday lives. Of course, you also get an awesome love story with just enough suspense to keep you turning the pages until you reach the end. And even at the end you are still wanting more! Old fiance- not nice, really don't like that guy. Love the descriptions of the old family place but hate that it had to go into disrepair. Kathleen Shoop does a great job of making a story worth reading.
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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
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