Blurb: A sweeping World War II saga of thwarted love, murder, and a long-lost painting.
What’s it ABOUT: A young socialite who is in a committed relationship with the steady-fellow that has been her destiny to wed (his name is Gerard) has just graduated from nursing school with no intentions of ever really being a nurse. However, she impulsively signs up to be a WW2 nurse in the South Pacific because her best friend signed up! She really wasn’t 100% sure that she was quite yet ready to move into that destiny of being Gerard’s wife and the mother to his soon begotten children anyway. And nurses are needed due to the war. Why not use that degree for a few months and be a good friend to Kitty?
So off to Bora Bora go our protag Anne and her bff. Soon enough, Anne has fallen for the handsome and passionate Westry and is fixing up an abandoned bungalow that once was the hideaway art shack of Paul Gaugin. Kitty is flirting with all sorts of handsome dangerous hotheads. A murder, an unwanted pregnancy, a painting disappears, Westry is sent to France, Kitty goes to France, Anne goes home to find her Gerard still loves her and so she gets back to those wedding plans.
Zoom forward 50+ years, and Anne receives a letter from Bora Bora. She and her granddaughter decide to go; why not? Right? It’s lovely there no matter what time of year.
OMG YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHO HAS BEEN THERE ALREADY!!!!
And eventually everything is explained…
RATING: Two slices of pie. Mango Pie.
It was OK and I still might someday read The Violets of March, but I wasn’t too impressed with this – I had problems with the coincidences and that she made judgements that didn’t sit right with me. If you’ve read this, consider that letter she hides from Mary. She had NO right, imo. Mary was an odd story line. And Anne didn’t seem upset about stuff that I think she should have been upset about. Yea, just a little too convenient for plot progressing rather than developing.
But don’t take my word for it just because these kinds of books just aren’t always my cup of tea! Read Meg’s review here. AND know that this book had a goodreads rating of 3.93 which is pretty good.
Read for my neighborhood book club. Discussion tonight.