Cheatham brilliantly weaves a tale of love, fate, and history in this seventh installment in the Covington Chronicles. Trudy Cameron and Jeremy Smitherlin have always loved each other, but owing to Jeremy’s discontentment, they grow apart after they join separate colleges. Trudy meets Lance, her brother Will’s roommate, and the couple falls in love. But with World War in full swing, the three young men enlist themselves and leave for France. Trudy is left behind to wait for Lance, unaware of fate’s cruel stroke. The brutal reality and atrocities of war, though only portrayed through Will, Jeremy, and Lance’s letters to Trudy, are on full view with shocking clarity. Equally poignant is Cheatham’s portrayal of her characters’ inner struggles as they go through heartbreak, loss, hope, and triumph. In Trudy, she has created an outstanding protagonist. Lance is sketched with equal conviction. But it’s the discontented Jeremy who shines all the way through. Woven into this tale of two people trying to get over their own past hurts are the stunning period details. Expert plotting and perfect pacing are rounded out by lyrical prose. This superb tale impresses with its historical and emotional authenticity. Historical fiction fans won’t want to miss this vividly recounted saga of heartache and recovery through courage, love, friendship, and faith.
Categories: historical drama