My Rating: 4.5 Stars
It is a time of peace for a little less than a year in 1919, and three women: British Ruby, American Alice and German Martha, all have very similar goals as they head to Belgium to find the graves of the dear loved men they lost during the war. Under normal circumstances, they would have been enemies of one another, especially after such a horrid war.
Ruby is determined to find the grave of her dear husband Bertie, missing now for several years. Alice is looking for her brother Sam, and her journey is extremely difficult as he enlisted under another name. And Martha is traveling with her young son Otto, desperately seeking news about son Heinrich. With the aid of some kind people, and learning to rely on each other, as well as help from others, they seek to find any news of their lost loved ones.
In Love and War I experienced a dichotomy of emotions: from extreme sadness to pure joy. The story was heartbreaking at times, but I was left with a feeling of fullness as it concluded. I appreciated how, in a very short period of time, the women were able to bond despite the sheer hopelessness facing each of them. The stories were interwoven so well, and I enjoyed the trips with the women as hope began to reign for them. This was an engaging, compelling and well-written read, one that I was able to complete in just a couple of sittings.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC to review in exchange for my honest opinion.