Thursday, January 22, 2009
The Soldier and the Rose
The Soldier and the Rose by Linda Barrett is one of my favorite kinds of stories. It's a love story, that spans many decade, but centers around World War II. It's told through flashbacks and letters, so we that in the end Rose and Charlie have a long, loving marriage, but the mystery is how - when Rose was so heartbreakingly in love with her husband Joe, the father of her daughter, who died in the war.
Charlie served under Joe and heard her beautiful letters because Joe would read them out loud, proudly, when they arrived. When Joe dies, Charlie goes to see about Rose, and falls in love with her.
The rest of the book is about their journey, how she moves on, how the create a life together. It's wonderful for a book to celebrate enduring love and not just the spark of romance and the heat of passion.
I wholeheartedly recommend this book. If you enjoy it, you may also like Love Stories of WWII - a different genre all together, but it's similarly uplifting and warm.