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?
I’m not sure about the title, as it sounds a bit cutesy for my liking, but I loved the last book I read by Eva Marie Everson.
On Alice-Ann’s 16th birthday, Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor. Although over 2000 men were killed, Alice-Ann can only think about how her birthday party has been ruined. She’d had big plans for that day, including telling her brother’s friend how much she loved him. She finally got her way, but he promised her nothing except that he’d write to her. During the next three years, Alice-Ann got older, finished high school, began working at the bank, helped out on her family’s farm, helped teach Sunday school, and wrote to Mack.
As much as this is a novel about a young woman, this is also a tale about a small town at war forced to change. Life did go on in some respects: young people got married and babies were born. But many of the young men left to join the military, which meant women taking their jobs in various occupations. A POW camp opened and the townspeople had to occasionally interact with ‘the enemy.’ And then there were the tragedies: a local boy was killed in action, and another came home severely injured. What was life like for those left ‘at home?’
The message of this book is that life never goes how you think – or hope – it will. It might even work out for the better. Sometimes, something amazing can even come out of the direst of circumstances. I wanted to flip to the back to get to the ending, but I didn’t want to be spoiled! Because, really, learning the identity of Alice-Ann’s ‘true love’ is as much as the journey as it is the destination.
Thank you to Tyndale House for my complimentary copy of The One True Love of Alice-Ann, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
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Publisher: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 01 April 2017
Page Count: 432