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Posted September 11, 2013
Blue to Remember by Suzanne D. Williams is a very good story that touches the heart. The book begins with The Old Man’s story and ends with Tad’s Story. The story begins during the Civil War when The Old Man and several young men are sitting around in a southern military prison waiting for The Boy to die from his battle wounds. Eventually the Old Man and the other soldiers are released from prison but he cannot forget the young Boy that died asking for his mother. The Old Man has trouble adjusting to life back at home and he is constantly upset by the nightmares that come so often. The nightmares are always about the young Boy that died in the prison camp and the Old Man just cannot forget the Boy’s death.. Through a strange twist of fate the Old Man travels back to where the young Boy is buried and hopefully he will gain relief from his sorrow and pain.
The second half of the story is about Tad, the Old Man’s son. He meets Beth, the sister of The Boy, and thinks that she is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Their meeting was quite unusual, she fell in the creek and he rescued her. For Tad, it was love at first sight and soon they were married and in time they celebrated the birth of their first child. Tad and Beth are very happy but they are not sure how to deal with the hatred of a woman in the community and the strange appearance of jars of strawberry jam.
The author did an excellent job with the characters, dialogue, plot, and scene descriptions. The people were so real that I felt as if I knew everyone of them personally. I could almost feel the Old Man’s pain and wanted to be able to help him find peace in his life. I also felt the pain of The Boy’s mother and father as they tried to find closure in the death of their son in the war prison camp. All the characters simply came to life on the pages of the book and they were so well developed that I felt involved in their lives and wanted to help them but there were two to whom I would have liked to deal out some kind of punishment. The plot had a few twists and turns which added greatly to my enjoyment of the book. There was even some suspense which centered around the strange appearance of jars of strawberry jam in odd places. There was also a little surprise when I finally realized the connection between The Old Man, Tad, and The Boy. All the scenes were so well described that I could see in my mind exactly what was going on and even felt as if I were right in the middle of the action. I really liked how love for others was so prominent in the book and that the love of God was woven throughout the book.
I highly recommend this book to everyone who likes a great story with a good bit of history and a Christian setting.
Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams, for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.