A Soldier’s Wish (Lili’s Review)

Title: A Soldier’s Wish
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: December 2nd 2018
Genre(s): Romance
Page Count: 224 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.5 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 have never read a romance that takes place during the Woodstock and the Vietnam War. I requested A Soldier’s Wish because of it but was also afraid it could be the reason I wouldn’t enjoy it. It is considered Historical Romance and historical and I don’t always mesh. Luckily, it was a good call to take the chance.


-Feels. I felt everything during the story: joy, fear, sadness, anger. NR Walker did a fantastic job bringing forth all these different emotions.

-I also liked how the book was broken down. There are three parts: the time spent at Woodstock, their letters during the Vietnam War, and the return home from war.

-The letters mentioned above. ♥

-Gary and Richard, they were just amazing. You can’t help and root for them the whole time.

-The secondary cast was an integral part of the story without overtaking it.

-Topics. There were so many topics handled that were relevant to that period, and it never felt wordy or too much.

-Above all else- the love story, it was epic.

NR Walker has hit it out of the park with this lovely holiday read. HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT.

4.5 Stars

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Galley copy of A Soldier’s Wish provided by N.R. Walker in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant