Once again I have found myself having an inner conflict with a story. "Diary of a War Bride", is a book that I liked but I did not love. The story itself was researched intensely, the romance was charming and the backdrop of WW2 reflected heavily within the story. Yet, the story itself felt a bit odd for me.
I did not like the author’s constant need to switch between first and third person throughout the book. I would have liked to have seen one or the other. Pick one and I would have been happy. As a reader I went from first person in a diary to learning what the hero is doing through the eyes of the author. I would have preferred to have learned about Dale, the hero through the eyes of Kathryn, the heroine within the writings of her diary.
In fact, the diary was the sole purpose of why I wanted to read this book in the first place. Had I known it would jump back and forth between narratives I probably wouldn’t have read it. I feel a bit let down.
On a higher note I did like both Kathryn and Dale. Their romance was not only likable but immensely believable. I liked how the romance was able to withstand the dangers of war as well as I liked how laid back the tone of the story was. In comparison to fellow war romances I think this book does stand out. If you do not mind the constant presences of a back and forth narrative then I think you will enjoy this story.
The land girl and the US officer
Dear diary, despite the war raging around me, I find I can’t stop thinking about the American officer, Sergeant Dale Johnson. I’ve never known anyone as brave, kind and handsome! But I promised myself I wouldn’t care this much about a man again, especially when he could be transferred at any time. Yet that only makes me want to relish our time together. Now fighting my heart feels like the biggest battle…