Book Review: With Love, Wherever You Are by Dandi Daley Mackall

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The story is about Helen Eberhart, who is a spunky young nurse who has finished up her training and is now a full-time nurse. Unhappy with having to deal with spoilt, rich women in the hospital that she works, she quits on the spot and joins up with the army. Sent to an army hospital, she meets a fascinating young man and soon falls in love. It’s a whirlwind romance and soon they are married, and all too soon they are sent across the ocean and away from each other.

The only way they have contact is with letters and too often they are sporadic. But the true question is, will their doubts and worries keep them together or tear them apart?

What I loved about this book is that it was so richly based on a true story of her family, and the additional explanation as to how the story came about. And never do I read the extra pages at the back of the book, the thanks to the editor for assistance with the book. I found it all to be very interesting, including to find out what happened to Boots, the husband of Dotty.

The story was rich is stories, details and experiences. There were sad moments, and yet the happy times. Although, towards the end of the book I was truly wanting it to end and to find out what happened with the rest of the story. So, this will definitely require a reread in the future to see what I had missed.

Initially I was a bit uncertain about having letters be part of the story, and often times in other books have ignore them. But, in this book they were beneficial rather than detrimental to the story. Because it wasn’t necessarily a retelling of an event, rather it was based on an event that wasn’t explained in the chapter.

Would I recommend this book? Most definitely. It’s already in a stack of books to loan to my mom, who will in turn lend to my grandmother.

I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale Publishing. The review is based on my own honest, unbiased opinion.

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