Farm girl Alice-Ann has been in love with her older brothers friend, Mack for a long time. She has decided she will share her heart with him, and tell him her true feelings the night of her sixteenth birthday. Unfortunately, on that date, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is attacked, and from that moment on, everything changes--and her party is cancelled. As this event pulls the United States into World War II, Alice-Ann is crushed to find Mack has already enlisted, and will be leaving soon.
Although Mack is stunned to learn of Alice-Anns feelings, he suggests they write to each other while he is gone. She promises him her heart, and to wait for him. Mack makes no promises.
After two years of writing and Alice-Ann sharing her heart, the letters from Mack stop. Alice-Anns feelings for Mack have grown, yet he hasnt given her any encouragement. As the time with no news from Mack lengthens, she remains busy working at the bank, helping at the farm, teaching Sunday School, and reading to Carlton--another friend of her brothers.
Carlton has returned from the war unable to walk or see. After his steady girlfriend took one look at him, she broke things off with him. In the beginning, Alice-Ann spends time with Carlton as a favor to his sister. But as time goes on, she soon finds herself sharing her thoughts about everything, and he actually listens to her. No one in her life has ever really cared about her hopes and dreams, and Alice-Ann is enjoying it.
You cant choose whom you fall in love with, but you can choose whom you marry. Does Alice-Ann understand this advice from her aunt? Has Mack really died in combat? If he never returns, will Alice-Ann remain single the rest of her life? Will Alice-Ann change her opinion of Mack when she discovers how often he let others down, and the number of women he has disappointed?
I really liked this book. This story immediately captured my interest, and I never wanted to put it down. It gives an insight in to what it might have been like in a small rural community--the home front--during World War II. Having been raised by a couple of greatest generation parents, I enjoy things set in this era. However, the characters and the problems they are facing are just as relatable to todays reader. Alice-Ann is very likable, along with many other interesting people in this tale. I highly recommend this 5 plus star book to anyone who enjoys non-offensive fiction written from a Christian viewpoint. If you only read a few books this year, make this one of them!
Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The One True Love of Alice-Ann for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
Eva Marie Everson's The One True Love of Alice-Ann is not your typical WWII novel, although that is the setting for this touching story.
When I finished the book -- which, by the way, was very hard to put down -- my heart was full. Alice-Ann's journey from her sixteenth birthday on the day Japan attacked Pearl Harbor to the same date three years later was a sentimental story of love, loss, and longing. Eva Marie Everson transports her readers to rural Georgia into the lives of people real enough to be their neighbors.
Fans of great inspirational fiction, with a nice dash of southern flavor, should enjoy The One True Love of Alice-Ann.
Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for providing a copy of this book. I am delighted to share my own thoughts for this review.
Alice-Ann Branch is just your normal country girl growing up in 1940's Georgia, but she's got a secret- she's in love with her brother's friend, Mack. When she finally gets to tell him how she feels, he's about to leave to do his part in the war effort, and Alice-Ann is left to wonder if her feelings are returned. Time passes, and their letters draw them closer, but suddenly tragedy strikes. Alice-Ann finds comfort in reading to her best friend's war-injured brother, but will she ever find a one true love?
Several words I could use to describe this '40's romance are nostalgic, beautiful, and very sweet. The time period alone captivates me, and Mrs. Everson captures very well- one of the best I've seen so far. I really got into it not just as a setting from long ago, but actually as how life used to be.
And the romance- I won't give it away, but it was just so (to use that word again- it really applies to this novel) sweet, so perfect, that it brought tears to my eyes. It was so real, and more true to life, I felt, even than some of my favorites; if I ever fall in love, I can imagine it being like that.
Alice-Ann is such an engaging character, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her grow from the naive sixteen-year-old she starts out as to the mature, caring woman she grows to be. She is thoughtful, slightly quirky, witty and just altogether very lovable. The characters as a whole are very engaging, and the town of Bynum definitely had lots of small-town charm.
Granted, the story was, at times, perhaps a bit slow, but this is not some action or adventure novel; not a mystery or a fantasy. It is real life, and portrays it beautifully. Also, there were several instances where I felt like a chapter or two would end on a mini cliff-hanger, and then go by unresolved (except for some instances) and unnoticed by the main character. This wasn't really a big deal, though, and didn't tamper much with my opinion of the story.
Altogether, this was a very pleasant book, one I'd recommend to any '40's aficionado, or anyone, really, looking for a sweet, slow romance. It really will capture your heart!
Note: I got this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This book is set during World War Two, which I haven't read a ton of books on. But I really enjoyed it, especially it also being my favorite clothing era.
I really enjoyed the different characters, from the main gal, Alice-Ann, to her Aunt Beth, from her friends to her brother and his wife. They were all so different and yet blended together nicely. Alice-Ann I was fine with. It was nice to see her grow up throughout the book into the young women Godmeant forher to be. She was sometimes annoying, but I still appreciated her character being able to learn and grow.
Mack and Carlton were good characters as well, of course I liked one more than the other...but I'll let you read the book and discover that part yourself. I'll just say that my favorite was the one she goes with. :) And boy did I have butterflies in my stomach at some parts! That's a good writer for yah, makes you feel what the characters are feeling. Bravo, Ms. Eva!
Again, I really liked it. Descriptive enough without it being overly so. How the characters were feeling and such was spot on! Body language, eye movement, things like that. Well done.
I really enjoyed this book. It had enough going on to give it good momentum without being overly fast-paced. I enjoyed it also being set during World War Two. Overall, a really lovely book that I would recommend if you like history and romance. Definitely give this one a go!
Stars: 4 out of 5
*I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.
(*Received this book from Tyndale Publishing for review purposes.)
The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson
At first glance, the One True Love of Alice-Ann give the impression of a tale of a love story revolving around a woman. Yet, the surprise comes when you realize that Alice-Ann is not an 'official' woman - not yet anyway. She is a 16-year-old living in the 1940s in rural Georgia, crushing on her brother's friend.
Had I read the back of the book first, I would have known that she was a teenager. A lot of times, I don't read the back of a book I am about to review for the sole purpose of I don't want my review tainted.
Miss Alice-Ann doesn't meet the standards set for romantic heroines - no matter their age. Or at least in her mind. She is not a swan - she sees herself as a duckling. She was afraid she would end up like her old maid aunt - Bess.
When Mack gets called to war, Alice-Ann does the unthinkable - she declares her love for him. Caught up in the emotions of the departure and what his future might hold, Mack promises to keep in touch, but he can't totally return her love. Letters do bring them close together.
Then , the letters stop. While worrying and fearful about Mack and her future, Alice-Ann gets busy with work, and cares for Carlton- the brother of her best friend. Carlton and Alice-Ann become more than friends - yet, there is a piece of her still wondering about Mack.
Will she give it all up for Carlton, or still pine away for Mack? Not going to give that up. I will just give Ms. Everson kudos for her weaving the story as she did - like a a crafter working on a loom to make a beautiful cloth.