Synopsis from back of book:
Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met — even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence — he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years.
As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?
I really enjoyed this story. This author manages to pack a lot of history into a romantic story line. I could almost feel the excitement and danger of being at war. I did not know anything about the engineers in WW2. I was given a good education about those who served taking care of the airfields during the war. It was very interesting. Then there was the romance through letters. I liked the growth of Mellie and Tom’s relationship slowly over time. They got to know the real person within.
One thing that drew me into this story was that, both Mellie and Tom, were victims of taunts and teasing from cruel children as they were growing up. As adults, they were both had wonderful personalities and “sweet” spirits, but they struggled with the scars that were left from childhood and the fear that they would never be good enough. It is something that many people struggle with and it emphasized how deep you can be affected by things that happen in your childhood.
Ultimately, love sees more than just appearance, which is what Tom and Mellie’s story is about.
What I enjoyed most about this book: Tom and Mellie getting to know each other through their letters. I am biased here though, because my parents also met and fell in love through letters so I find that whole storyline very romantic.
What I didn’t like about this book: I wanted Mellie to be more trusting of Tom when they meet. But she was a ‘lone wolf’ so it probably wouldn’t have worked otherwise.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. This is a true historical romance. It had great historical details as well as good characters and a lovely romance. This is the first book in the series and I am looking forward to reading the other ones.
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