to the war torn shores of Vietnam...
About the book:
She's after the story that might get her the Pulitzer. He's determined to keep his secrets to himself. Vietnam, 1967. Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor wants two things: to honor her father's memory by becoming an award-winning overseas correspondent and to keep tabs on her only brother, Teddy, who signed up for the war against their mother's wishes. Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery. Kristin is convinced he's hiding something. Willing to risk it all for what they believe in, Kristin and Luke engage in their own tumultuous battle until, in an unexpected twist, they're forced to work together. Ambushed by love, they must decide whether or not to set aside their own private agendas for the hope of tomorrow that has captured their hearts.
This was an incredible novel, with depth and layers like you wouldn't believe. I had the honor of reading some of the early chapters years ago when this book was first born in Cathy's heart. Most of those pages have been reworked and changed as Cathy grew into a more advanced writer and went through revisions and edits. But the theme and the lovable, realistic, relatable characters are still shining through just like I remembered!
This story seriously makes you feel like you have truly visited Vietnam and the war right alongside Luke and Kristin. I don't know how much research Cathy put into this novel, but I'm guessing a ton because if I didn't know better, I'd have thought she was once a soldier in the middle of the war herself. ;)
The other night when I finished up reading, I had to take a few breaks because the emotion was so real and deep, I was getting overly involved! lol Full of angst (but not overly so) love, romance, tension, passion, and conflict, this novel is a big hit and one you don't want to miss... A fine debut by a fine author!