Tuesday, September 6, 2011

l'll be Home for Christmas

Author: Julie Cannon
Publisher: Summerside Press
October 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60936-018-4
Genre: Inspirational/historical romance

Maggie Culpepper has grown up with William Dove, her best friend since they were seven years old. They know everything about each other, yet Maggie is taken by surprise when William wants to change the relationship from best friends to dating. Maggie is at first hesitant, but William talks her into it.

Then everything changes. Maggie’s mother dies, and angry and bitter, Maggie dumps William and joins the Navy as a member of the WAVES. William still loves Maggie and writes her every day, but Maggie refuses to read his letters and starts dating another man.

William refuses to give up hope. But will Maggie even consider coming home for Christmas?

I had high hopes for this story. I absolutely LOVED William. He is a dream. I loved the setting, with a southern Christmas tree farm. I loved the time period—World War II—and the idea of seeing it from the point of view of a WAVES.

But… that said, Maggie is a nasty, angry, bitter woman, very immature, and I couldn’t see at all what William liked about her. She was horrible, mean to William, and… Well, she is not a person I like. Even at the end of the book, it was all about her, not about anyone else.

I wanted to like this book. I wanted to love it. But Maggie turned what could have been a five star story into a three. $12.99. 320 pages.

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