Title: Wait For Me
Author: Caroline Leech
Date of Publication: January 31st, 2017
The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.
It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?
But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.
Lorna has been helping her father on the farm and still attending school while her brothers have been away for the military. A German prisoner has been sent to the farm to help out the family, and Lorna is angry because he is an enemy. Paul has scars of his own because of the war and as Lorna spends more time with Paul she discovers more about the world and herself while her heart begins to orbit towards Paul.
I rarely read contemporary books unless I truly feel like they are going to be good, and I was pulled towards this one not only by the cover but the summary. I liked the fact that this is set in a different era. Anything dealing with World War II has always fascinated me and seeing how brave everyone during this time was is truly astonishing. I feel like most people today would have no idea what to do with themselves!
I loved all these characters because none of them were perfect, and instead they were just incredibly human and were full of emotions that were caused by everything they had been through. Lorna was a strong character, and she always stood up for herself and never did anything she didn’t want to do. She never shied away or was embarrassed by the scars on Paul’s face only that he was a German, but she gets past that and their romance was so achingly sweet.
I was annoyed with her friend Iris a LOT of the time. She just never quite would let herself decide for herself and kept listening to William all the time who by the way was a big jerk. The other characters I loved like Lorna’s father, Nellie, and Mrs. Mack.
This wasn’t just about the romance. It was about family, humanity, friendships, war, and emotional times. I think it is the perfect book for the YA crowd of this generation and anyone else that loves a great read!
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