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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?
Living in non-glamorous, small-town Georgia in the 1940s does nothing to satisfy 16-year-old Alice-Anns longing for beauty and maturity. She wants to be seen as a woman and is in love with her brothers best friend, Mack; she plans on confessing her love to him. But when Pearl Harbor is attacked, the build-up of war stuns the town and puts her plans on hold. Mack enlists and promises to write, but never broaches the subject of his feelings for Alice-Ann, leaving her to wonder whether her love is returned. She savors his letters, and when news of his death reaches her, she struggles to let go of her childhood love. When her best friends brother, Carlton Hillis, returns from the war badly injured, Alice-Ann becomes his caregiver, never expecting to care more deeply for him. As Macks place in her heart slowly fades, or transforms, she receives an unexpected call from the Pacific that shakes her world and forces her to make a choice. Everson (Five Brides) beautifully captures the fickle, inexplicable nature of human emotion in this sob-inducing romantic tale.
BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent Christian Fiction! A future classic!June 18, 2017BethErinILAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Alice-Ann's experiences compares to cherished Janette Oke books. Both the WWII time period and the "coming of age" season of life lend the storyline drama and conflict yet the author beautifully layers additionalelements of love, friendship, and faith for an authentic and satisfying adventure of the heart.
Readers will enjoy the peek at life in rural Georgia during WWII while indoor plumbing and telephones were still making their way into farmhouses and folks oftentraveled from town to town by bus and train. The One True Love of Alice-Ann will appeal to readers of all ages. I highly recommend it and will definitely be saving it for my daughters' early teen years.
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
beckieAge: 35-44Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5love lettersJune 15, 2017beckieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The One True Love of Alice-Ann" by Eva Marie Everson is the new fictional novel. Alice-Ann is a farm girl about to celebrate her sweet 16 when the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor. Though she has been pining over Mack, her brother's friend, with the war in on she now has a time limit to make her feelings known. Alice-Ann and Mack decide to become pen-pals while he is stationed overseas. Before he can return, her brother's other friend, Carlton, returns from serving. Alice-Ann then forms a bond with Carlton that leaves her struggling when Mack finally returns.
This book is written through the eyes of a teen girl; so it is written as it the author is a teen girl. It is naive and sweet in the beginning. It is a good book to pass the time, not real deep, but a sweet romance. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Tyndale Publishing.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5fantastic romanceJune 7, 2017ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
This was a wonderful book. I did not want to put it down. This was a wonderful love story. This is at the beginning of WWll. Many young men were anxious to join the war effort. The young women were left behind. This tells the story of one young woman and two young men. How can she choose. Can any of them learn to trust in God? Can a love be sustained during a war when it hardly has a chance to begin. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Nlog Network for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
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.