The year is 1969…
Gary Fairchild is proud to be a hippie college student, and he protests the Vietnam War because he believes in love and peace. To him, it isn’t just a counterculture movement—it’s a way of life. When tickets to the Aquarium Exposition—3 Days of Peace & Music, or Woodstock, as it was better known, go on sale, there’s no way he isn’t going.
Richard Ronsman is a sheltered farm boy who lives in the shadow of his overbearing father. He’s hidden his darkest secret to earn his father’s love, but nothing is ever good enough—not even volunteering for the Vietnam War. And with just a few days left before he’s deployed, a striking hippie invites him to join them at a music festival.
Three days of music, drugs, rain, mud, and love forged a bond between these two very different men that would shape the rest of their lives. They share dreams and fears, and when Richard is shipped off to war, they share letters and love. For Richard’s first Christmas home, he is gifted a special angel ornament that just might make a soldier’s wish come true.
Wow. If I thought book four packed an emotional punch then this one was a swift blow straight to the heart. It was brutal…but in the very best way and I loved it. Gary Fairchild is well, a child of love. He’s heading to Woodstock to partake in a weekend of celebration. Along the way, he encounters a young man looking as if the world is hanging on his shoulders. Sharing a cup of coffee turns into an invitation to tag along. Richard doesn’t know what he’s doing. He thought he would finally make his father proud if he enlisted but he’s already second-guessing his decision. He doesn’t want to go to war. But his future is set and he’s preparing to ship out. Duty awaits him. Then a bright soul steps into his path and he joins him for a quick detour. A divergence that impacts him in ways he never imagined. He falls in love. But most of all, he is loved back. Yes, it’s a legendary party of peace and love but for Richard, it’s more than that. Gary gives him a glimpse of everything he never knew he wanted. And a new reason to try and stay alive.
Since this is NR, there is a lot to like. Her style lures me in every time. Tried and true, she has proven her reliability and I look forward to each new release. This particular story is packed with the trials of war and the politics that started it but the core is about the pure power of true love. Yes, they just met. Yes, they hardly know one another. Yes, it was fast, furious and formidable. But I never doubted it. I never questioned them. And if that’s not a testament of Walker’s stunning penning abilities, I don’t know what is. I’m grateful Walker took us to Woodstock with the boys. I felt this helped balanced the middle part of the story when the guys are apart.
I adored both Gary and Richard. I loved how Gary released Richard. Their weekend together granted Richard a freedom that was beautiful to witness. Bound by chains of shame and resentment, Richard was trapped. Gary helped him disentangle and in the process tethered his heart to Richards. Their story can be separated into three parts. First, their glorious weekend when they explored their bodies and exchanged hearts. The second was their time apart while Richard was across the world serving his country. And the third was their reunion and realization they weren’t the same men that danced in the rain on a muddy hill. The letters that kept the fire burning between them had me in tears. When Richard came home, more tears fell. My chest ached and my eyes watered as I read. I was so engrossed in their story, I couldn’t put it down until I finished. I simply HAD to know. I love that NR can enrapture me to the point of a book coma. The angels’ appearance here was near the end but no less important. And I loved how they protected her innocence. And I would be amiss to leave out Kit. She was simply magnificent.
War. I mean, we travel with our soldier and share the demons he confronts. An old man that deserves no love. The ending threw me off slightly but the epilogue soothed my soul.
If you like a bit of fluff with your angst…if you believe in the power of love at first sight…if you trust the magic of lucky charms, then you need this book. But don’t stop here, follow her celestial footsteps through time, I have faith you’ll appreciate this collaboration too.
Title: A Soldier’s Wish (The Christmas Angel #5)
Author: NR Walker
Length: 224 Pages
Release Date: December 2, 2018
Buy Link: Amazon