The story begins with Alice-Ann as a 16-year old and the US just entering WWII. The town in which the story is set sends a significant number of young men into the service on account of the war. This has impact on everyone in town. Alice-Ann takes time to make sure her long-time crush, Mack, knows she’ll be waiting for him.
Good letter correspondents at first, Mack’s letters eventually end and there is news of his demise during a fierce battle. Alice-Ann, whose crush was known only to a few, must endure this quietly.
A friend’s brother, Carlton, returns early from the war due to an injury. He and Alice-Ann form a new friendship as young adults as they bond through the war time.
Alice-Ann must reshape her vision of “true love” and decide the best path for her future.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.