I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Living in rural Georgia in 1941, sixteen-year-old Alice-Ann has her heart set on her brother’s friend Mack; despite their five-year age gap, Alice-Ann knows she can make Mack see her for the woman she’ll become. But when they receive news of the attack on Pearl Harbor and Mack decides to enlist, Alice-Ann realizes she must declare her love before he leaves. Though promising to write, Mack leaves without confirmation that her love is returned. But Alice-Ann is determined to wear the wedding dress her maiden aunt never had a chance to wear–having lost her fiance in the Great War. As their correspondence continues over the next three years, Mack and Alice-Ann are drawn closer together. But then Mack’s letters cease altogether, leaving Alice-Ann to fear history repeating itself. Dreading the war will leave her with a beautiful dress and no happily ever after, Alice-Ann fills her days with work and caring for her best friend’s war-torn brother, Carlton. As time passes and their friendship develops into something more, Alice-Ann wonders if she’ll ever be prepared to say good-bye to her one true love and embrace the future God has in store with a newfound love. Or will a sudden call from overseas change everything?
A beautifully written historical novel that has the ability to bring the readers into the story.
Eva Marie’s writing style is one that will certainly capture the reader, as well as being perfectly suited for the genre she has chosen to write. The One True Love of Alice-Ann is a clean, sweet romance set during The Great War. The characters are all very well developed, believable, and will be remembered for some of their dialogue.
I did find the story to be slightly cliche when it comes to this genre, but historical romance is a hard genre to stand out in, but I do think that the subplots of this novel help it to do so.
So overall, this was an enjoyable read and I give it 4 out of 5 stars, recommending it to historical fiction fans.