Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young - ARC Review

I received a free copy of My Dear I Wanted To Tell You by Louisa Young through Amazon's Vine program.

Young's story revolves around four main characters, Nadine and Riley, a young couple in love and Peter and Julia, a young married couple. The setting is during WWI England/France and the main focus of the story seems to be about how the war impacts them individually and their relationships as well.

I wanted to like this story. WWI and WWII Fiction is a genre I truly enjoy.  However, I had a hard time with the book from the beginning. It was convoluted, as though the author wasn't too sure of where she was going with the story. The characters had great potential, but were not as well developed as they could have been. Therefore, I felt like I was missing something through much of the book. Often the story did not flow smoothly.

One positive aspect of the book is that I did like the story concept. Even though I felt the author did not fully develop the characters, I did find myself caring about them and wanting to know what happened to them. This could be an excellent book with a little more polish.

However, since there are so many well written novels in this genre, this is not one that I would recommend to a reader looking for a new read.

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