10/10, I’d give this book a 10/10. I think it’s pretty safe to say that this is in my top five favorite books of all time. The characters, the storyline, the genre…it was right up my alley. Near the end, I was clutching a wine glass in one hand and eager to turn the pages with the other. If you like historical fiction (specifically WWI and WWII fiction) and a little bit of romance, this one’s for you. Like seriously y’all, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.
I can’t tell you how excited I am to get back in the flow of reading. I tell ya, reading is therapeutic. Sitting down to read a book wherever you are gets you in a MOOD. But I’m not here to discuss the benefits of reading, I’m here to discuss this book. And peeps, do I have some NOTES.
I love the character of Charlie St. Clair. A college dropout who’s gotten pregnant, is traveling with her mom to Sweden (correct me if I’m wrong) to take care of her “Little Problem.” Little does her mom know is that Charlie is really overseas (they’re from New York, currently in London) to find out what happened to her missing cousin, Rose, who disappeared in WWII. Charlie meets Eve and Finn, two other standout characters. See, I can’t choose just one standout character — all three main characters have amazing, incredible back stories.
It’s set two years post-WWII, which initially drew me to this book. However, it flashes back to WWI, where Eve…well, I won’t spoil the plot. It switches back and forth between 1915 to 1947. The plot is a little slow at first, but it picks you up fast and takes you on this emotional journey where by the end, you’ll be clutching your latte.
Would recommend: yes.
Hands-down, I would recommend this to anyone. I must say, there are a lot of curse words, so tread lightly if you’re 15 or older.