WAIT for ME
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publishing date: 2017
Lorna's family is in the middle of the World War II. Her two brothers are far away in a military front and her ordinary life on her father's farm in Scotland is formed by hard work and endless chores around the house. Everything changes, though, when a young German soldier Paul, who is a prisoner of war, is sent to help her father on the farm. Lorna feels weird about it, for she always thought about Germas as enemy. Although Paul might be the one to show her that people aren't responsible for their governent, and she soon learns that Paul isn't all that different from herself after all and that they have a lot in common in spite of the whole precarious situation they find themselves in...
I read every day. Sometimes, I don't even think about it. It's become automatic. It's like a part of myself to open a book whenever I can find a spare hour or two. And once in a while I pick up a book that becomes a real reminder of why I read so much. A book that fills me with energy for a long time ahead. Wait for Me by Caroline Leech is one of those precious books with a power to change your life perspective and which you can't forget anytime soon...
I didn't know much about this book before I read it. Except the feeling that the cover was drawing me in, I went to the story completely blind, which I think was a great thing, for I had a chance to fall in love with it as the plot was gradually unroling in front of me. The funny thing is that the main character Lorna wasn't my favourite at the beginning, hence I wasn't enjoying the reading all that much at first, but as the story went on, I quickly started to understand and appreciate her and soon enough I found myself completely tangled into the intricate web of the whole story and fell head over heels in love with it.
I feel like Wait for Me is a book that introduced me to the whole genre of historical fiction because I realized that I really haven't read that many books of the kind so far. And I know now I've been missing a lot. Caroline Leech wrote an absolutely amazing, heartwrenching and achingly beautiful novel that I adored through my entire self. I can't even put my feelings about her book into words. Even though I enjoyed her writing style a whole lot, I thought that the best part of her book were the characters she created. They were so lively described and everyone was different. They struck me as real people and I most sincerely felt for them with my whole heart. So the thing about Lorna which I didn't like at the beginning actually became one of those things that I loved about this book the most. Isn't it amazing how the book can surprise you so much and shatter your own conviction into pieces?
It's hard to believe that this powerful, thought provoking, open-hearted and delicately told story is Caroline Leech's debut novel. I seriously can't wait for all her new books to come. But until then I am going to treasure this piece of perfection within my memory and heart. It is an unforgettable story to which I will gladly come back again in the future. And I would like to encourage all of you to read it as well...