Two years have done little to ease veterinarian Audra Hughes’s grief over her husband’s untimely death. Eager for a fresh start, Audra plans to leave Portland for a new job in Philadelphia. Her seven-year-old son, Jack, seems apprehensive about flying—but it’s just the beginning of an anxiety that grows to consume him.
As Jack’s fears continue to surface in recurring and violent nightmares, Audra hardly recognizes the introverted boy he has become. Desperate, she traces snippets of information unearthed in Jack’s dreams, leading her to Sean Malloy, a struggling US Army veteran wounded in Afghanistan. Together they unravel a mystery dating back to World War II, and uncover old family secrets that still have the strength to wound—and perhaps, at last, to heal.
I love World War II stories. This had a different twist on it, due to it being actually two stories. The story of Audra/Jack and Vivian/Isaak/Gene. Audra and Jack are present day. Vivian/Isaak/Gene are World War II. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see how they all connected. I had ideas and am happy to say that I did figure it out and loved how it worked out.
Every character in this book was true to life. I found myself connecting to many of them. I cannot choose a favorite. Audra, as a single mom, was amazing. The time and devotion she gave to Jack made her a star in my eyes. Vivian, from World War II, kept me reading. I had to know how she dealt with the rough times in her life and watch her enjoy the great times. Isaak confused me. I wasn’t sure what to think of him. He seemed to take a lot from Vivian, but didn’t seem to give her a lot back other than heart break. Gene was the man we all want. He promised Vivian he would take care of her and then took that seriously, even when he wasn’t sure he still loved her.
This is a book for everyone. There is romance, history, and a mystery all mixed into a great story. I believe that book clubs would love this book, as would the regular reader.
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