This is a great story about finding your soul mate in the most unusual of ways and when 2 people don’t seem alike they work finding out those are the best stories of them all.
Rory is a soldier on a year long tour in Afghanistan – he comes from a large Irish Boston family who still have all the family members live under one roof because they don’t like being away from each other. His family runs an Irish pub in South Boston and when Rory returns home he along with his brothers will work in the family business.
Neve is a gymnast/dancer who has a lot of baggage. She is looking for redemption and one way for her to do that is to volunteer as a pen pal and write to a solider who is over seas and she gets Rory. Her family is unconventional to say the least and she is looking for a new start anyway she can get it.
During the 8 months they wrote to each other they learned each others secrets, what makes them tick, and their deepest darkest desires to the point that no one knows them better. When Rory came home for a 10 day leave he was so excited about meeting his pen pal face to face while Neve was just looking for a moment in time for them – something she could hold on to and remember. Neve has a lot of plans and unfortunately Rory doesn’t factor into those plans. So needless to say the meeting doesn’t go well and Neve things that is it. When Rory comes home 4 months later for good things have changed and turns out Neve needs Rory more than she thinks and the story takes off from there.
This is the first book I have read by Wendy Marcus and I really appreciated her unique style of writing. The book starts in what I thought was an unusual place to the point that I thought that I may have missed something but once I got a few chapters in and saw what she had done I thought it was well done. I appreciated the multiple character POV’s – something I love because it gave me as the reader a chance to really see who both these characters are and experience their own personal pain. Also I appreciated the authors handling of combat PTSD and how both Rory and Neve handled that part of Rory’s return. The author could have shy away from it but instead she chose to meet it head on and I thought it was a great part of the story. If I had any criticism it is the way the reader is dropped into the story – while I appreciated what the author had done it was a little disconcerting in the beginning and it did take me about 2 chapters to figure it out.
All in all this was a good book about the effects of war and how important it is to keep in touch with those brave soldiers and that sometimes something as simple as writing to a complete strange can ultimately change your life.
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