"Touching and Sweet"
Julie and Michael, childhood sweethearts, had their future
mapped out until the day Michael decided to serve his
country in the current war. Julie waits for his return,
looking forward to the start of their lives together.
Eighteen months later, Michael comes home, but instead of
proposing marriage like Julie anticipates, he ends their
Heartbroken, Julie begins to pick up the pieces, becoming a
nurse and getting a job at the local hospital. Things were
going all right until the day Michael is admitted to her
hospital, severely injured and left in a coma after a
roadside bomb explosion. Now Julie must come to terms with
the fact that man she loves—the man she has always loved—is
lying injured and helpless, and may never recover.
I thought this was a touching story about Julie's love for
Michael. The book deals primarily with Julie's struggle, as
she comes to terms with what happened, and as she tries to
overcome her fear for Michael's life, anger at his
condition, and helplessness at not being able to do
anything to help his recovery. Everything is made worse by
the fact that she still loves him deeply, so not only is
she struggling with dealing with Michael's condition, she
is also struggling with the aftermath of their breakup.
However, as the story was told from Julie's point of view
and because of the fact that Michael spends almost the
entire book in a coma, I felt that this would be better
classified as women's fiction rather than romance.
Regardless, I enjoyed the story and found it to be both
touching and uplifting.
Reviewed by Charlotte Cowie
Posted March 31, 2011
Julie Newcastle and Michael Ramsey have been in love since third grade. Their marriage was eminent, but then America was attacked and Michael felt he should serve his country. Heartbroken, Julie waits, but eighteen months later, Michael returns and breaks their engagement. Can life get any worse?
Picking up the pieces, Julie becomes a nurse--only to have Michael turn up in the hospital where she works--severely injured and in a coma. Julie still loves Michael, but is her love strong enough to see him through his crisis? Can true love endure all obstacles?