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 fiancé 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?
This was a well written story. I have never read any of Eva Marie Everson books and this is my first. At the beginning of the book, Alice-Ann and her family hear that Pearl Harbor had been attacked. Everson described the patriotic spirit of a little town in George, with many of the local men enlisting. I think that was my favorite part. Even though this is fiction it showed that back then many where willing to sacrifice their lives to protect and defend the United States of America.
I, personally, did not like the character Mack at all. He was far too full of himself and only cared about himself. He was not at all sensitive to the Alice-Ann’s young heart. Because Alice -Ann was infatuated with him, I felt bad for Carlton. He deserved better. The characters in the book were all written well.
The title of the book really does not describe the book because it was not true love. It was a young girl’s infatuation, not true love. Which is why I felt bad for Carlton because he really liked her and she was confused and did not know the difference between true love and infatuation.
This book is, in general, is slower story plot but it is still a good story.
Title: The One True Love of Alice-Ann
Author: Eva Marie Everson
Author’s Website: https://www.evamarieeversonauthor.com/
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers/Tyndale Blog Network for this review.