Title: A Soldier’s Wish: The Christmas Angel Book Five
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Genre(s): Romance, Holiday
Page Count: 224
Reviewed by: Kirstin
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
The year is 1969…
Gary Fairchild is proud to be a hippie college student, and he protests the Vietnam War because he believes in love and peace. To him, it isn’t just a counterculture movement—it’s a way of life. When tickets to the Aquarium Exposition—3 Days of Peace & Music, or Woodstock, as it was better known, go on sale, there’s no way he isn’t going.
Richard Ronsman is a sheltered farm boy who lives in the shadow of his overbearing father. He’s hidden his darkest secret to earn his father’s love, but nothing is ever good enough—not even volunteering for the Vietnam War. And with just a few days left before he’s deployed, a striking hippie invites him to join them at a music festival.
Three days of music, drugs, rain, mud, and love forged a bond between these two very different men that would shape the rest of their lives. They share dreams and fears, and when Richard is shipped off to war, they share letters and love. For Richard’s first Christmas home, he is gifted a special angel ornament that just might make a soldier’s wish come true.
I honestly went into this one not knowing if I’d love it, but it was unbelievable. The love was so simple, yet perfect. Beyond expectation.
It’s 1969 and Gary and his friends are driving to Woodstock. They stop at a diner for breakfast and Gary sees Richard sitting alone, staring out the window. Unable to help himself, he chats him up and invites him along. Richard is leaving for Vietnam in a couple of days and this is his last moments to do all of the things he never got to do.
The book is divided into three parts: the days spent at Woodstock, the letters back and forth from Vietnam, and finally, when Richard returns home, wounded.
N.R. Walker is a skillful writer and this book was done so well. She somehow incorporated so many issues into this story. There was the whole gay being against the law, virginity, soldiers going to war, protesters, draft dodgers, returning veterans, wounded veterans, etc. It was all tackled so brilliantly.
The love that was obvious between Gary and Richard was epic. I loved their relationship, I loved their friendship with Kat.
A very satisfying holiday read. Everything you would expect from N.R. Walker.