It’s review time! And of course, it’s necessary to talk about a Christmas book during Christmas season.
As you know, this book was in my Christmas TBR this year. And I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!
I had really high expectations but it surpassed them all. I read the prologue and I was already in love with it.
So, first thing first. This book is written in an epistolary format, that means, the story is told only by letters. However, there are some short parts written in first person as a normal book. And it makes it even more lovely.
This format makes it impossible to stop! I just couldn’t put it down. And the writing is so beautiful! So poetic and romantic.
The story follows two people, Evie and Thomas, during World War I. They have known each other pretty much all their lives but their relationship was always as friends. However, as they start to write to each other, they get to know each other more and in a different way. Making them feel new unexpected things.
I must say, Christmas was rather a silent presence in the background throughout the book. So I’m not entirely sure this is a Christmas book, still, it gives a lovely Christmas feeling. Actually, I loved that it wasn’t just about Christmas but rather so much more.
However, the plot is magnificent! So engaging, heart-clenching and so moving. I did shed some tears, but not out of sadness, it was just everything.
It did remind me a lot to Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain. Well, I haven’t read the book yet, but I watched the movie. It’s like the same dynamic of the girl, the brother, the brother’s friend, WWI, British, and all that, BUT, still different in many ways.
I loved the characters so much. I loved Evie and Tom and their lovely story. And all the side stories as well.
Honestly, I don’t think there’s much more to say about this book. But only that it was perfection itself. PERFECTION! And I need a movie!
So please, if you haven’t read it, do yourself a favour and read it now. If you’re like me and love moving, romantic, historical novels, this book is for you.
Tell me, have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? Can’t wait to read your comments!