Wednesday, February 22, 2017

With Love, Wherever You Are

With Love, Wherever You Are *****
by Dandi Daley MacKall

Overview: It's the beginning of WW2. Frank has just finished medical school and joined the Army as a doctor. Helen has just begun nursing as well as an Army nurse. They meet up at a hospital, and it's love at first sight. They marry and ship off to different stations. They continue to write back and forth throughout the war about their experiences.

Positive elements: perfectly clean, not gruesome

Negative elements: The climax of the story was too forced. Maybe Frank and Helen really did repair their marriage that quickly and easily, but it felt unrealistic. The book was long...too long. By the end, I was skimming the pages. 

Conclusion: This book entriqued me because it is based on Dandi Mackall's parents' relationship. Her father gave her a trunk of all the letters he and his wife passed back and forth while they worked apart during the war. Dandi explains in the back of the book the parts of the story that are true and the parts that are fiction. The story is well put together and there are letters that they sent back and forth in the midst of the story. I appreciated how she just told their story and didn't try to make it overly dramatic. And it isn't written like a sappy romance at all.

I'm always a bit skeptical of fiction books based on true stories because you never truly know where fact and fiction meet.

Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it as an easy-going read.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.