In Hale’s presence, April finds familiarity and solace. They share grief for a lost loved one, and from the comfort of Hale’s arms, passion blooms. Yet, April’s future is unresolved. Her wealthy, arrogant almost-bridegroom wants her back and the ghosts of Viet Nam are whispering to Hale. Can they find new love in an old treasured home, the kind of affection and trust that lasts forever?
This story starts out tragic and it is a painful time during which the Vietnam War was going on and we lost so many men. April's brother, Andrew was one of those men who lost his life over there and his best friend, Hale, survived. Hale feels guilty because he survived and Andrew didn't.
April feels guilty because she finally realizes how much her parents sacrificed to send her to college while dealing with Andrew being in Vietnam and then his death. They experienced a financial setback and their vacation home suffered.
When April fled her wedding, she ran to the vacation home and ran into Hale, or should we say he rescued her? Together, maybe they can heal each other. If nothing else, they can repair the vacation home and help Andrew's parents get back some of their joy. And in the end, it just might help them discover other things.
It's a great little book and it's definitely a worthy subject and a hopeful message.
About the Author
A Language Arts Coach with a Ph.D. in Reading Education, Kathleen lives in Oakmont, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Kathleen has also written Love and Other Subjects, award winning After the Fog and her debut novel, The Last Letter, garnered multiple awards in 2011. The author's stories have also appeared in several of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.