Gag. Choke. Suffocated Laugh. OMIGOSH. I love Erica's novels. I'm not sure she's TRYING to be funny, but she is. Her characters are all so rich and endearing. I mean, put a red wig on me and I think I WAS her main character. Rules -- meant to break right? oopsie ...
Characters: Meghan is a spitting Irish lass with halvsie side of practical, logic-driven Norwegian that makes her a stinker. A lovely stinker. She's so fun, spirited, gutsy, sympathetic, chatty, humorous, confrontational ... Erica, I'm running out of adjectives. Anyway, Meghan does NOT disappoint in her journey to be the BEST EVER Harvey Girl during WWI. Her quest to raise $1000 for the war fund isn't lacking in obstacles either. Enter hero Caleb, a war-coward, running from his duty, one of the few strong young men still at home ... or is he the coward they say he is? He's not the strongest hero I've read in a book, not the self-confident, cocky, sass-back-at-ya hero. Caleb's quiet acceptance of where God has him yet the empty hole inside, makes the reader ache to love him.
Location: Needles, California. Harvey. War Horses. Dust. Locomotives. Ford Automobiles. Indians. Cowboys. Tanks. Loved it.
Time Period: I was surprised. When I picked up the book I had no idea it WASN'T the a-typical Victorian era historical. Instead, we're plopped right into the middle of the early 1900's and the all-consuming World War Number One. Again, we just don't get the opportunity to read about WWI in a lot of historicals -- so for that reason I loved it. It was new, refreshing, and an untouched piece of history in popular historical fiction.
Spiritual Takeaway: Erica's approach to "inspirational" is soft but firm. I love how she incorporates faith and answers difficult questions - like the "why me's" of life - but yet she's not in your face about it. Anyone wanting a warm refreshing read can enjoy Spiritual application. And, it's gentle enough to be a great CHRISTMAS PRESENT to all your friends -- even those who don't profess a blatant Christian faith. They won't be offended, and maybe find themselves touch.
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