Thursday, January 15, 2015

Review: Gooseberry Island by Steven Manchester

Gooseberry Island
by Steven Manchester

Publisher: The Story Plant
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  They met at the worst possible moment...or maybe it was just in time. David McClain was about to go to war and Lindsey Wood was there at his going-away party, capturing his heart when falling for a woman was the last thing on his mind. While David was serving his country, he stayed in close contact with Lindsey. But war changes a person, and when he came home very little had the same meaning that it had before – including the romance that had sustained him. Was love truly unconquerable, or would it prove to be just another battlefield casualty?

Kritters Thoughts:  David is headed off on a year long tour to Afghanistan and has yet to meet "the one." Right before his going away party, Lindsey Wood stumbles into his life and a year long correspondence begins.  

To start a relationship with a year long correspondence is the ultimate love story!  Minus my issue below, this book felt real and I appreciated Steven Manchester's focus on PTSD and especially the interesting look at Lindsey's dad from Vietnam war and David with the current war in Afghanistan.  I liked that Manchester put both characters in this story to show the different side effects of PTSD.  

The one big thing I would say about this book is I just wish there had been more time for David at war.  I felt like he came back with PTSD and I didn't get enough time of him at war to warrant full sympathy and I didn't feel like he was gone for a full year.  That is the one negative thing that I might would change about this one.  I am still a Steven Manchester fan and will read everything he writes!

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2015 Challenge: 2 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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