Abigail Walker, a young woman from rural South Carolina, is on the cusp of womanhood, aching to be able to run wild as the younger children do, yet yearning for things she has yet to understand. Awkward and unsure of herself, Abby is flustered when she meets Harvey Nicholas, the nephew of a family at her church and a cadet from Clemson College. As summer begins, Abby finds herself constantly in the company of Harvey and falling quickly in love with him.
As rumors of war begin to reach the States, Abby begins to fear what may come for her older brother and Harvey. Once Pearl Harbor is bombed, the boys are eager to protect their home and the women they love. But will Abby and Harvey's love be able to withstand distance, rumors, loss, and hurt? Or will the war be what tears apart Abby's heart?
War-Torn Heart is a Kleenex-box book with a story of hope, of love, and of perseverance through World War II, which will make the reader cry, scream, and long for more.
|Publisher:||Emerald House Group, Incorporated|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Allison Wells is a graduate of Clemson University. She is a wife, mother of four blessings, and loyal friend. She became a believer at the age of sixteen and never looked back. Allison’s motto is “Life is short, eat the Oreos.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The setting is 1940 in South Carolina. The time period of World War 2. The characters of the book, Abby and Harvey, form a romantic relationship and then Harvey is sent to fight in War. The story then becomes about enduring a long distance relationship during War Time. The story is intriguing at times, especially when Abby and Harvey are enduring their love relationship long distance. The book is geared towards Young Adult, but due to some of the Romantic content, I would think it would be mature teens and College aged students. I did enjoy the book and the Author, Allison Wells, is a great new author. Good book for those who enjoy the War time stories and for a good reading of history while reading leisurely.
In War-Torn Heart, Abigail and Harvey meet in small town South Carolina in 1941 and quickly fall in love. When Pearl Harbor is bombed and Harvey enlists in the Army, Abigail is devastated and understandably worried about their future. This story is one that is common to the time period, to those men and women who went to war and left loved ones behind who prayed for their return. With the threat of injury, death, and PTSD, everyone was affected in one way or another, and War-Torn Heart addresses some of these situations. Without giving anything away, I will say that the story is sweet and simple, and it reminds me of books from the past. As others have mentioned, there is great detail and emphasis on young love and the kissing and temptations that come with that. The pacing of the story was also a bit off at times. Sometimes there were a lot of details like the radio broadcast of President Roosevelt’s speech when he declared war. That felt a little out of place. Other times, a chapter would skip ahead months or years into the future. I would’ve preferred a more fluid timeline. Overall, this story is a sweet glimpse into the past but definitely not for young readers due to its level of romance. I received a copy of this book from JustRead Tours and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.
My thoughts: I enjoyed this book quite a bit. It was not what I thought it was going to be. There were several more twists and turns than I expected for what I assumed was a feel good romance. This is a great well developed read. I fell in love with the characters. And yes, I cried. I don't normally cry while reading books but this one did me in. The WWII time period is one that I have read and studied quite a bit as it's one that is near to our hearts. In fact, my husband reenacts this era in addition to our whole family doing Civil War era. I loved Abigail. She's personable. Just enough Southern soft with backbone of steel to keep her going. She reminds me some of myself though I've not been through near the same amount of trials she had to endure. Let's not get me started on the lying conniving no good fortune hunter that comes into the picture. Well, to be fair she's always been in the picture but unwanted. I'm not sure I could have been so gracious to her, either before the war or after Harvey came home. I have to admit I didn't expect Abigail to make Harvey wait until after the war to marry. My mind was imagining a double wedding with her brother, but it wasn't to be. Oh and then throw in the cutest baby in the world and life gets so full of love until tragedy strikes. Definitely one you need to read. I received an ebook copy of this book to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not coerced in any way.