by Eva Marie Everson
From the back cover:
Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother’s friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she’ll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves.
Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear—having lost her fiancé in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack’s letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself.
Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend’s war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she’ll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?
About the author:
Eva Marie Everson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 30 fiction and nonfiction titles, including Five Brides, The Road to Testament, The Cedar Key series, The Potluck Club series (with Linda Evans Shepherd), God Bless Us Every One, Reflections of God’s Holy Land (with Miriam Feinberg Vamosh), and others. She is the president of Word Weavers International, the director of Florida Christian Writers Conference, and a member of a number of writers organizations. She and her husband make their home in Central Florida where they are owned by a small black doxie.
A sweet, poignant story from World War 2.
Like many 16-year-olds, Alice-Ann’s heart belongs to a boy–one she wants to be “the one.” But when World War 2 begins taking young men and young dreams, her idea of the perfect future may be destroyed.
With sweet characters and relationships, and a touch of intrigue, I didn’t want to set this book down for long. Even the characters I was unsure about at first grew on me, and I couldn’t wait to find out what Alice-Ann would ultimately decide.
The One True Love of Alice-Ann is a well-told story, drawing you into the sights and sounds–and struggles–of the World War 2 culture in rural Georgia. If you enjoy stories that leave you feeling like you’ve found new friends, you won’t want to miss this one!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)