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Sixteen year old Alice-Ann is in love with Mack who is five years older than her. She tells him how she feels before he leaves for the war. They correspond regularly, but when that abruptly stops, Alice fears the worst. She fills her days attending to an injured friend. The friendship develops into a more serious relationship. When Alice receives a call from overseas, she must choose between waiting for her one true love or a possible future with her new friend.
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wearhaving lost her fiancé in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Macks letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself.
Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friends war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if shell ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?
Everson (Five Brides, 2015) tells a classic 1940s coming-of-age war love story complete with soda shops, five-and-dimes, rationing, and German POWs. She brilliantly captures life in small-town America and the men who went to war, those who came back, and the women they left behind. Rich with prayer and Christian faith, Alice-Anns characters are portrayed with soul-satisfying emotional vulnerability as they hit all the high notes of the aching of youth, the shock of loss, and the gentle surprise of falling in love again.
Mrs ARS5 Stars Out Of 5"Uncle Bob"May 7, 2017Mrs ARSQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was such a beautiful and achingly romantic coming of age story. I enjoyed being transported to 1941 and the years following as our nation was violently thrust into World War II. This story is told from the viewpoint of young 16 year old Alice-Ann and the small town she lived and worked in versus the battlefields of Europe and beyond. As this town was sending off their husbands, sons, brothers, and sweethearts to the war we are given a brief glimpse into what it may have been like for the waiting town the boys left behind. In the midst of a lost innocence for a nation, young Alice-Ann is in love.
I look back and think that if not for the war, this time period seemed much simpler than ours does now. Women were content to marry and have babies, and the men were content to court properly and provide the best they could. Within this backdrop Alice-Ann writes letters to Mack and dreams about the day when he returns home and will look at her as a woman. However, there was the war and nothing in life is certain. When Alice-Ann's best friend's brother, Carlton, returns from the war wounded, Alice-Ann steps in at first to be a friend, but in doing so gives him the will to get better. Carlton is such a great guy, that you cannott help not rooting for him. I do not want to say anymore, but if I make a list of top ten books for this year, this one will be near the top if not number one. Definitely a story that will stick with me and I will reread many times.
I received a copy of this book for free from the publishers. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5A story of true love, beautifully written!April 26, 2017Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Love. First love. True love. What a thoughtful and beautiful story of finding true love during a time when devastation hits all around. The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson opens when America first enters World War II, and when Alice-Ann enters womanhood. There is something about reading this time period. It prompts different emotions, and with this story, the thoughts of love shines through.
"If her heart grew any warmer, it could have baked a pound cake." (263)
Eva Marie Everson have crafted a story set in a small southern town, giving depth to each characters' adventures, as well as heartaches. The plot is smooth and well executed. The start of young misguided love to the final realization of true love was sweet and heartfelt. With earnest sincerity and language of love, The One True Love of Alice-Ann shares not only the romance, but also a message of pride and self-discovery. You won't be disappointed.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
Yvette K.5 Stars Out Of 5Wonderful Coming of Age/RomanceApril 21, 2017Yvette K.Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5More coming-of-age than romance, this is a sweet story of the journey of Alice-Ann from infatuated teen to maturing young woman. A great deal of that maturing has to do with recognizing the difference between a childhood infatuation and real, true love.
Accompanying the endearing and frizzy-haired Alice-Ann is a lively cast of characters. These are well-rounded characters whose back-stories you can almost feel, even when they are not given. I remain curious about a potential work-place romance at the bank where Alice-Ann works after high school, and I would have like more of Aunt Bess' story in particular.
Set in rural Georgia, primarily during America's involvement in World War II, the small town feel pervades this novel without being stereotypically Southern. While I appreciated the almost universal 1940's-small-town-America, it did sometimes seem that the Great Depression was a more distant memory than I would expect.
The story itself starts off with a bit of a 30's/40's teen movie vibe, where I can almost hear some of the young contract actors of the time reading lines. Very quickly, however, the story develops into something deeper and more engrossing with a very realistic feel to the events and dialogue. To continue the movie comparison, it became less Love Finds Andy Hardy (MGM, 1938) and a bit more The Best Years of Their Lives (RKO, 1946) while retaining the sweetness and small town feel established from the beginning.
Alice-Ann's story was not what I expected it to be, and I enjoyed it tremendously. Each aspect was so well handled, from her first confession of love to her slow realization of what love truly is, from her learning more about prayer to the changes in perspective as her experience of life widened, even in the predictable and inevitable - but again, not quite as expected - makeover scene. This was kept rather low-key and completely obliterated my earlier annoyance at her constantly tugging at her frizzy hair.
I've had a reticence of late when it comes to World War II stories. A feeling that I wouldn't enjoy them as much as I do stories from the decades before the 40's. In closing to read Eva Marie Everson's World War II story, I did so knowing that she had previously made me almost like a Dickens story, and that is no mean feat. Based solely on my enjoyment of her Christmas novella, God Bless Us Every One (it left me wanting to read more by her, but not Dickens), I expected her to deliver a novel that would be likely to cure me of my reticence. I think it has.
Highly recommended for those who enjoy well-written novels with well-developed characters, coming of age stories, and romance that is both sweet and respectful.
This review refers to a finished copy requested through the Tyndale Blogger Network and received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The One True Love of Alice-Ann Eva Marie Everson (4.5 Stars)April 18, 2017Brittany_BnBblogAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Eva Marie Everson releases her newest novel, The One True Love of Alice-Ann, this month. While the novel takes place primarily during the early part of World War II, Alice-Anns story begins in the days just before the war. As a budding sixteen-year-old, Alice-Ann has a crush on her older brothers friend and plans to share her feelings with him at her birthday party. However, the events at Pearl Harbor devastate the people of her small Georgia town, even as they send the young men of the area to the nearest enlistment office. Desperate to share her feelings with Mack, Alice-Ann promises to write him until he returns, in spite of him not sharing any mutual feelings. After years of correspondence, Macks letters suddenly end without warning, causing Alice-Ann to wonder about the true state of their relationship. Meanwhile, the war has already taken its toll on the local families, including another of her brothers friends, Carlton. Alice-Ann finds her spare time taken up helping Carlton to recover from his war wounds, even as it forces her to face the realities of adulthood in a time of war. Ultimately, Alice-Ann must choose between her dreams of one man and the reality of another, all in hopes of finally wearing her aunts wedding dress for the man she loves.
Ms. Everson writes a compelling story of emerging adulthood in a time of war. Alice-Anns story will capture the hearts of readers who enjoy character-driven novels set during the World War II era.
Overall, I surprisingly enjoyed reading The One True Love of Alice-Ann. While I have had mixed reactions to some of Ms. Eversons previous work, I found this novel to be exceptionally well written, with even pacing and character development throughout. She does a great job of showing the influence of the World War II period on a small Georgia town and the surrounding rural areas, through the inclusion of fascinating historical detail derived from her familys past and additional research. Additionally, the novel maintains a significant focus on Alice-Ann and the people in her life, offering a compelling narrative that many readers will enjoy without overly graphic descriptions of the war itself. Based on Ms. Eversons themes, writing style, and accessible pacing of the novel, I would highly recommend this story to those who appreciate captivating historical Christian fiction.
Special thanks to NetGalley and Tyndale House for the advanced copy of The One True Love of Alice-Ann!
Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog
EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5An Interesting Love Story - My Review of The One True Love of Alice-AnnApril 13, 2017EmilyRib Lake, WIAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Published by: Tyndale Fiction
Written by: Eva Marie Everson
I was curious about this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the title. I knew that it was going to be something different and fun.
The One True Love of Alice-Ann tells the story of a young woman who fell in love with her brother's friend. The friend heads off to protect their country, and life changes for Alice-Ann while he is away.
Who the book is for:
This book is something that will be enjoyed by those who like historical fiction and love stories.
What I liked:
The story of this book is different from many others out there.
I like the history in this book.
The story is interesting.
I felt drawn into the story.
What I didnt like:
There is not much that I disliked when it comes to this book. It was a good read.
Overall, I enjoyed this book.
I give The One True Love of Alice-Ann 5 out of 5 stars.
I received this book free to review from Tyndale Blog Network. The opinions expressed in this review are my true thoughts and feeling regarding this book. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.