Saturday, February 17, 2018

ARC Review: Love on a Battlefield by Posy Roberts

Love on a Battlefield
Not every compass points north.

Andrew Summers is forced to spend his vacations reliving Civil War battles with his father. He hates every minute, until a blue-eyed, red-haired boy behind enemy lines catches his eye.

Shep Wells would much rather travel the world than play at boring war reenactments. He never dreamed a Texan boy would capture his heart.

Real life and years separate them; Andrew is forced onto real battlefields, but for Shep the world is a playground. They’re opposites, but writing letters closes the distance, uncovering their hopes and dreams. When Shep visits Andrew, they get to see if the tug they’ve felt for years is the compass pointing the way home.

*** This is a story about first times, second chances, and the transformative power of the written word.

126 Pages | 1-2 Hours to read | 25,500 Words

Jewel's rating:

“Not every compass points north.”

Love on a Battlefield is a story of love and hope and second chances. Sometimes life doesn't go as planned, but the real test is how you cope with unforeseen roads and challenges.

When Andrew and Shep first meet on a reenactment battlefield, their association was already forbidden. They were on opposite sides of the reenactment war and Andrew's father was insistent on not fraternizing with "the enemy". Some things are just inevitable, though, and Andrew finally starts on a path of his own choosing, until he was derailed again, and sent to fight in a real war.

I really enjoyed this novella. The setting and circumstances prevented the story from being too sweet for my tastes. Both Andrew and Shep were so right for each other, even after being separated for years with only their letters to keep them. There were feelings of hope and of loss and so much uncertainty, but they do eventually find their way.

“You’re my north, Shep. You’re where I’ve always been heading.”

Second chances at life and love are my favorite types of stories and Love on a Battlefield does it pretty well. The story is told completely from Andrew's POV, and one thing I would have loved to have gotten was some time in Shep's head. I feel like I got to know Andrew really well, and through him, I got to know Shep, but I did want a bit more here. Even still, I have to say I loved their story.


ARC of Love on a Battlefield was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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