Sara Noland was just seventeen years old when she met twenty year old Paul Steinert, a US sailor who was serving in the Vietnam War. They snuck around for a few weeks spending time with each other because Sara’s parents, more so her Navy father, wouldn’t have permitted this relationship to go on much longer. The night before Paul was shipped out, Sara offered herself for the very first time to a man. They loved each other and Paul was honored to be her first.
Unfortunately though, once Paul left, everything fell apart for the both of them. It seemed things were worse though for Sara. She found out that she was pregnant and her parents were extremely upset with her for going behind their backs with someone that they didn’t want their daughter to be with. Her parents made arrangements for her to live a distance away with her Aunt Barbara until the baby was born and if she met anyone there she was to say that her husband was away serving in the war. Once the baby arrived, she was supposed to give it up for adoption. But one look at the baby and she couldn’t give her up. That was the only remaining link she had to Paul.
If that wasn’t bad enough how her parents reacted to the entire situation, her father informed her that Paul was killed in the line of duty. Everything in Sara’s world was now shattered. She couldn’t understand why once Paul had left he hadn’t written her at all. When they were together they both said they were in love with each other. Why didn’t he write her after he left and before he was killed?
Now, years later, three letters show up out of the blue that were lost by the postal service dated from 1970. Her mother had just received them and had forwarded them to Sara hoping that her daughter would understand why she and her now deceased father did what they did to protect Sara.
Could Sara really forgive her parents for the deceitful lies that they said to her for all those years? What did those three letters say from her deceased boyfriend? What did Sara decide to do after she had read the letters? Was she really ready to deal with what her future had in store for her?
I absolutely adored this story by Ms. Krist. She grabbed me from the very first page and had me riding a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire story. This story was packed with real emotion and circumstances that made you walk away wondering if the tables were turned and this happened to you, how would you respond to finding out your parents lied to you after all these years had passed? There was a powerful “WOW” factor involved with this story. I loved the unique and extremely creative storyline Ms. Krist came up with. I feel that any reader who picks this story up will enjoy it just as much as I did. I can’t wait to read more stories from this author.
Sara Richards's world is rocked when three love letters from 1970 are delivered decades late. The letters were written by Paul Steinert, a young sailor who took her innocence with whispered words of love and promises of forever before leaving for Vietnam. Sara is left behind, broken hearted and pregnant, yearning for letters she never received.
Now, years later, she discovers the betrayal wasn't Paul's, when her mother confesses to a sin that changed their lives forever. How can Sara reveal to Paul's parents they have a granddaughter they've missed the chance to know? Even worse, how will she find the words to tell her daughter that she's lived her life in the shadow of a lie? Picking her way through the minefields of distrust and betrayal, Sara finds that putting her life together without burning any bridges will be the hardest thing she's ever done.