Wait for Me
By: Caroline Leech
Release Date: January 31st, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, YA
Pages: 384 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and anyway else books are sold!
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Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)
It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?
But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.
This was a beautiful yet at times heart wrenching book. I honestly just laid in bed holding this book to my chest crying when I finished it. This book was beautiful and had a very powerful message.
The message woven throughout this novel – at least what I personally thought it as – was forgiveness and not judging people based on their outward appearance or their nationality. This spoke volumes to me.
I am a descendant of a Dutch resistant worker. I had distant uncles who died in concentration camps. I have read countless books on WW2 and the Holocaust. I have heard story after story of Nazis and their oppression. Yet, as awful as the Nazis were I understand that there still were those good Germans out there. There were this German soldiers who were forced into the war without their approval. Not all were mini Hitler’s like we all think German soldiers during WW2 to be.
Paul, the lovable, broke, cinnamon roll, Paul was a character whom I instantly fell in love with. He was a broken German soldier who was hurt badly and had some physical handicaps due to that but he didn’t let that stop him. His character was still good and he did not allow what people say get to him. My heart broke for this poor man and I wanted to just hug him so badly many times throughout this book. Paul’s character also wove his way into my heart because I have a heart for broken soldiers no matter what nationality they are. My heart always breaks for them. I always want to hug and pray for them. I always want to just reassure them that God loves them and has their backs.
Lorna, I also loved her character. Her emotions towards Paul were real and I felt like her development really was done well. I loved seeing her evolve into the person we saw at the end of the book. I love how she stood up to all the hypocrites in her town and how she stood up for Paul even when that meant looking bad towards others. She was amazing.
All the other characters, who I was suppose to like, were just as lovable and amazing as Paul and Lorna. I want another book about Iris though. I really want to know what happens with her. If I never get one I guess I’ll be okay, but that would just be cool!
Again the storyline and messages was beautiful and it brought tears to my eyes. If y’all have not read this yet, I highly recommend doing so. However, there are a few content things like mild language and some mild sexual content – not between Paul and Lorna but a side character. If you want a more in-depth content warning. You can PM me and I’ll be willing to tell you!
About the Author
Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who has lived in Houston TX since 2007. She writes novels for teenagers, and her debut novel, WAIT FOR ME, was published by Harper Collins/Harper Teen in early 2017. Set in Scotland towards the end of World War Two, the book won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of both the Romance Writers of America Emily and Lone Star competitions. Caroline’s second novel, IN ANOTHER TIME, also set in Scotland during World War Two, was published in August 2018.