Book Reviews

A Soldier's Wish (The Christmas Angel 5) by N.R. Walker at BlueHeart Press

Genre Gay / Historical / 20th Century / Warriors/Soldiers / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 10-December-2018

Book Blurb

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, he’s invited by a striking hippie to join him 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.

This book is one of seven stories which can all be read and enjoyed in any order.

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The Christmas Angel Series:

In 1750, a master woodcarver poured all his unrequited love, passion, and longing into his masterpiece—a gorgeous Christmas angel for his beloved’s tree. When the man he loved tossed the angel away without a second thought, a miracle happened. The angel was found by another who brought the woodcarver True Love.

Since then, the angel has been passed down, sold, lost and found, but its magic remains. Read the romances inspired by (and perhaps nudged along by) the Christmas angel through the years. Whether it’s the 1880’s New York (Kim Fielding’s Summerfield’s Angel), the turn-of-the-century (Jordan L. Hawk’s Magician’s Angel), World War II (L.A. Witt’s Christmas Homecoming), Vietnam-era (N.R. Walker’s Soldier’s Wish), the 1990’s (Anyta Sunday’s Shrewd Angel), or 2018 (RJ Scott’s Christmas Prince), the Christmas angel has a way of landing on the trees of lonely men who need its blessing for a very Merry Christmas and forever HEA.

Book Review

“Don't put yourself down...They don't understand who you are...don't change anything…the strength is in your heart ...You can be the person you wanna be...You're perfect, just the way you are.” ~ Dead by April (The Way You Are)

Richard Ronsman is like so many young men in the 60s – terrified about having to go to Vietnam. Richard is certain that he will not survive it and even more sure that no one will care. He is wrong, someone does care, a very unlikely someone: a gentle soul named Gary Fairchild, a young man full or love and life, determined, if he can, to help Richard out of his despair and give him a purpose, a reason to come back.

Gary meets Richard on the way to Woodstock, senses his fear, and wants to help. After striking up a conversation with Richard, Gary invites him to come along with him and his friends to the festival. Richard balks at first, but Gary convinces him by helping him to understand that this may be his only chance at happiness before he has to go back to reality and possibly death. Richard decides “why not” and goes. It turns out to be quite a culture shock for Richard. To be around people so happy and carefree, expressing love and peace with a freedom he never believed he would see. When Richard sees two men kissing, he's overwhelmed with a yearning that he's been fighting all his life; his desire for other men.

Gary senses his discomfort and immediately does his best to help Richard understand his feelings. Instead of being repulsed, Richard is fascinated! Gary tells him that love is love no matter what the law says. Gary is cautious, but gives in to Richard's desires. He takes it slow and easy, making sure Richard is okay with each step they take. By the time Richard has to leave, he and Gary have developed strong feelings for each other and neither is ready to let each other go. They exchange contact information and promise to write. Gary gives Richard a sense of purpose, an incentive to make it through the war and come back home to him.

Over several months, Gary and Richard get to know each other with letters, although they can't say all that they feel. Instead of drifting apart, they become closer and even more determined to be together when Richard gets home. One day, Richard's letters stop. Because he's not family, no one will tell Gary anything, not even whether Richard is alive or dead. Finally, his friend calls his parents and pretends to be Richard's girlfriend. They find out that Richard is alive but badly injured and in a hospital stateside. Gary and his friend hop on a plane and visit Richard in the hospital to find a different man from the one they had known before. The biggest obstacle, is not Richard learning to walk again, it's him getting past thinking that Gary may not want a “cripple”.

The last thing I expected from N.R. Walker, an Aussie author, was a story about the Vietnam War and Woodstock. I was 19 in 1969. I knew people who attended Woodstock and many who went to Vietnam; some died there, others came back but were dead inside. N.R. did a fabulous job putting her pen to the pulse of the country at that time, when she portrayed the concept of free love and the anti-war movement. It was a dark time in our history and the sad thing is that men and women are still having war experiences similar to Richard’s. Thank you, N.R., for explaining the motivation behind events of this time, even though some memories were painful, it's important for the world to understand.  





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 224 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 02-December-2018
Price $2.99 ebook
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