Wave Me Goodbye by Jura Maclean Sherwood
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I have mixed feelings about this book.
What I loved:
1. This story told a great bit of history I'd never heard of before: children evacuated from Britain during WWII - - sent across the ocean and attacked by the Germans. I just can't imagine sending my children across the ocean during wartime.
2. The writing was clean (structurally and content-wise).
What I did not like:
1. The majority of the characters were not well developed. Many secondary characters were contrived and stereotypical.
2. Writing dialect in dialogue is a challenge, and it was a burden to read in this story.
3. I wanted the story to be more about the journey of the children, but it focused on the love story between a woman assigned to care for the children and the soldier she loved.
4. Certain plot elements were frustrating. For example, the main character is nearly raped in a brutal manner, but her soldier stops the attack "just in time" ... BUT THEN he turns around and asks the attacker to take good care of her if he dies. WHAT? It's just brushed off like it's no big deal and didn't even happen.
5. A copy of the book was too hard to find to read. If you don't mind reading it on your computer, you can purchase a copy from Whiskey Creek Press for $5.99. Or you can purchase a bound copy directly from the author's website for $18. Luckily, I was able to borrow a copy from a friend to read.
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