She’s after the story that might get her the Pulitzer.
He’s determined to keep his secrets to himself.
Independent, career-driven journalist Kristin Taylor wants two things: to honor her father’s memory by becoming an award-winning overseas correspondent and to keep tabs on her only brother, Teddy, who signed up for the war against their mother’s wishes. Brilliant photographer Luke Maddox, silent and brooding, exudes mystery. Kristin is convinced he’s hiding something.
Willing to risk it all for what they believe in, Kristin and Luke engage in their own tumultuous battle until, in an unexpected twist, they’re forced to work together. Ambushed by love, they must decide whether or not to set aside their own private agendas for the hope of tomorrow that has captured their hearts.
A poignant love story set amidst the tumultuous Vietnam War.
A harrowing and affecting debut novel that throws you head first into the catastrophic reality of the Vietnam War both in the field and on the homefront. Cathy introduces us to the untold stories that permeate wartime. This is an era in the world’s history that we can not escape or ignore because it set the ground work for where we are today as a society.
The rhythm and flow of the narrative takes the reader from extreme action-packed highs, to insightful and suspenseful twists and turns, through to contemplative and heart-wrenching moments. Cathy’s writing engages all of your senses and transports the reader so that they are immersed in the congested and sweltering streets and exotic and terrorizing jungle of Vietnam. These characters will burrow themselves into your heart as their stories began to unravel and they have to reacclimatize to a life juxtaposed by what they experienced in Vietnam. The romantic elements were an added treat that adds to the complexity and richness of this story.
This is a book that you have to experience to fully appreciate it. I can throw out pages and pages of superlatives and never get close to describing how much I was touched by this book. Cathy is the fresh voice that modern historical inspirational fiction has been waiting for, especially with the brave undertaking of such a pivotal and controversial point in history. This story is for the reader that craves intelligent, mature and substantial storylines. Put her on your reader radar because this debut novelist is just getting started!
**Heartfelt thank you to Cathy West for sending me a review copy**