Esther Lange, the main character, becomes pregnant, by a man who becomes her fiance, but the absence of true love is absent from the quick affair. It was a mistaken night of passion. Her fiance, Linus is called off to war. Although, they had never built a true relationship, Esther truly grieves when Linus is lost in battle. She receives letters sent to her by a medic, Peter, who stayed by Linus as he lay dying. They appeared to give her comfort.
Due to the warm feeling of receiving these letters, Esther starts to correspond with Peter, who says he is a wholesome farm boy from Iowa. The question is: Is he truly who he says he is ?? Although the entire book was excellent, it was the letters that made the book a work of art. The letters that went back and forth between Peter and Esther were emotional, showing love and caring and written almost in a poetic style. You could actually feel what each of them was going through.
There are secrets in this book that appear- is Peter really who he claims to be? Is Linus really dead? I will not spoil the storyline for you by telling you more details.
Esther does go through a great period of turmoil and hurtful experiences which she feels will hurt her little girl. She has to make many decisions of great importance.
The book concludes with a completely surprising ending. Happy but a total shock to me!! It is definitely a page turner and I did not want this book to end. Now I would like a follow up story. It is a story of war, not only in the world but in the inner being of the characters. Great book that I would highly recommend!!
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World War II is just coming to an end but the war that is going on inside Esther Lange is unending!
She can't forgive herself for the night of passion she shared with Linus Hahn in the backseat of a borrowed car, they were both headed overseas to war, and it just happened. When that night turns into a daughter for them Esther is released from the Red Cross with no place to go. So she writes Linus, and his reply is for her to go to his hometown and stay with his parents, and that's what she has been doing for the last two years, living in their attic, raising her daughter and working at a hospital taking care of the war wounded.
Living with Linus' parents isn't easy, they are very hard, feeling like she trapped their son. When she receives a letter indicating that Linus may have been killed in action, she isn't sure what to believe, but one thing she knows for sure is that she is relieved, she won't have to marry a man she doesn't love,and barely even knows. She really believes that she was no more than a one night stand for Linus as well, and it soon comes to light that Linus had a longstanding girlfriend who works in the same hospital as Esther,and she threatens to make Esther pay for stealing Linus away from her!
Since there has been no other information about Linus she starts corresponding with Peter Hess the medic who sent her the information about Linus. Soon they develop a friendship, and when it starts to develop into something more, but when Peter's secret is exposed can they overcome it, and will Esther ever forgive herself for the mistake she made?
This was an amazing story, just when you thought things were working out the author throws a monkey wrench into it that take it in the opposite direction. The feelings are so strongly written in this book, that you are easily transported back to war time America. You can also feel the turmoil going on inside Esther, she judges herself so harshly for the mistake she made that night and is unwilling to see that she has already been forgiven by God, she just needs to accept it! Peter's story was one I kept thinking of long after I finished reading it, he was such a kind person, a victim of circumstances really, but he always kept his faith in God.The letters that passed between Peter and Esther were such a treat to read, I enjoyed seeing their friendship blossom.
I found this book a real joy to read, the author does an amazing job of taking a work of fiction and weaving a bit of a history lesson in. While this was my first time reading anything from Susan May Warren, it certainly won't be my last!
Even though I was provided a review copy by Litfuse it in no way alters my opinion of this book.
Easter Lange loved her fiance' or though she did. She had a one time stand with him in the back of a car and from that union she had a little girl. Linus went to war and when he found out about the baby he had sent her to live with his very proper parents. She lived in the attic with her little girl but she also worked as a nurse at the hospital. Her family had shunned her when they found out about her pregnancy so she had no where else to go.
Meanwhile in Germany Linus had been wounded really bad and gave the medic a letter to send to Easter, when she received it in another letter from the medic, she would not open it as she knew that Linus was dead. She also kept this from his parents. She kept writing back and forth to the medic whose name is Peter. He lived in Markesan Wisconsin and she lived a way from him but within a days ride by train, so her friend talked into going to meet him. When she got there she found out he was a POW from Germany. She ran away as she could not believe he was a Gemany soldier
Different things begin to happen, she found Peter at the hospital where she worked as he had been beaten up and was very bad. She also was treating Charlie who had lost a leg in the war and then had jumped off the top of the hospital but some how survived but didn't know anyone.
The POW camp was moved to their city and some of the Germans hated the Americans and plotted ways to get even. You must read this book, it is packed full of anything you may want to read. History, nurses, doctors, farmers and so on. Susan May Warren did a great job on this one.
Thanks to Amy at Litfuse Publicity Group for review.