Wait for Me
Wait For Me presents the beautiful tale of a forbidden romance set during the World War II era. When English Lorna finds out her father has hired a German prisoner to work on their farm, she’s full of hatred and disgust for the enemy living on her land. With her own two brothers fighting in the war, how could her father even think to welcome this repulsive boy of German blood and a half-burned face into their farm? Slowly, however, Lorna begins to see past his burns and nationality and finds herself viewing him as just another human, one who shows her more kindness and care than her own kind. She finds herself asking questions about his family, learning that he is just as scared and affected by the terrible war as her own kin, and at last seeing him as a friend–but when the community soon finds out about this secret relationship, Lorna learns that her feelings could land her, and her love, in big trouble. She faces the challenge of showing everyone that Paul is not the monster they think a German would be, a task especially difficult as she navigates the hardships of the war itself.
Caroline Leech’s intricate novel is such a sweet tale, slightly mirroring the cherished story of Romeo and Juliet. Full of surprise, adversity, and love, Wait For Me is the ideal read for anyone who can appreciate a sweet story line. Perfect for a rainy afternoon, a relaxing evening, or a calm read by the fireplace, the novel offers an engaging plot and lovable characters. Readers will sympathize with Lorna as they go through her emotions, from betrayal to anger to woeful regret as she learns how to accept herself and the boy and how to eventually stand for what is right. Important themes of family and societal expectations weave themselves throughout Wait For Me, which can unhesitatingly be recommended with full confidence. It now sits proudly on my nightstand, a beloved novel that I’m sure to open again soon.