Finish Time: 4 nights. Another good Kindle First read, love this program!
When Adrienne Carter leaves Chicago, after what sounded like a messy and awful divorce, she heads for the beach in Florida. She finds a run-down place on the beach and begins to take on a renovation using the proceeds from said divorce. She stumbles upon a hidden box of love letters dating back to WWII. Her curiosity is peaked and she begins to track down the writers and recipients.
After a surprisingly short search (both online and in person), she finds William Bryant, the WWII hero, and tracks down the sister of “Gracie”, the recipient of of the letters, Sara. I say surprisingly short as I would have thought it would be a bit harder, but in the age of Google and the internet, I guess you never know! (I’m always surprised by the stories where people find their birth parents just by posting it on Facebook!) But it probably helped the story along as it jumped right into getting to know all the characters and all the action!
I actually would have liked more letters (there were a few scattered throughout) and to hear more of the dialogue about the war – to increase my knowledge of the WWII time period (after all that is why I love historical fiction!) It didn’t take away from the story, but could have added so much more (in my opinion.) As Adrienne learns more about William, a strange relationship develops with his grandson, Will Bryant. The relationship between Will and Adrienne was frustrating to say the least. Will is very protective of his grandfather, which is sweet, but anytime Adrienne goes out on a limb (whether I agreed with it or not), he jumped to the worst conclusion possible, got mad at Adrienne, then came groveling back when she was right (a process repeated many times throughout the book.)
It was frustrating, yet very familiar, made me aware of something I “may” have the tendency to do every once in a while. I saw this cartoon today that fits this personality type perfectly:
But back to the story, it’s full of love, a bit of mystery, a few secrets, and a lot of relationship building and self discovery. Overall sweet, good, enjoyable read, with a bit of history thrown in. Worth your time – check it out!
Description from Amazon:
Can a stack of long-hidden love letters from a WWII war hero inspire a heartbroken woman to love again?
Reeling from a bitter divorce, Adrienne Carter abandons Chicago and retreats to the sun, sand, and beauty of Southern Florida, throwing herself into the restoration of a dilapidated old Victorian beach house. Early into the renovations, she discovers a tin box hidden away in the attic that reveals the emotional letters from a WWII paratrooper to a young woman who lived in the house more than a half-century earlier.
The old letters—incredibly poetic and romantic—transcend time, and they arouse in Adrienne a curiosity that leads her to track down the writer of the letters. William “Pops” Bryant is now an old man living in a nearby town with his handsome but overprotective grandson, Will. As Adrienne begins to unravel the secrets of the letters (and the Bryants), she finds herself not yet willing to give up entirely on love.