Thursday, September 18, 2014

This is How I'd Love You by Hazel Woods


Back Cover Blurb

It’s 1917 and America is on the brink of World War I. After Hensley Dench’s father is forced to resign from the New York Times for his anti-war writings, she finds herself expelled from the life she loves and the future she thought she would have. Instead, Hensley is transplanted to New Mexico, where her father has taken a job overseeing a gold mine. Driven by loneliness, Hensley hijacks her father’s correspondence with Charles Reid, a young American medic with whom her father plays chess via post. Hensley secretly begins her own exchange with Charles, but looming tragedy threatens them both, and—when everything turns against them—will their words be enough to beat the odds?

Review

Charles Reid is from a wealthy family, and despite their disapproval, after graduating from university, he enlists to fight for America in World War I. Because of his passion for chess, he enters a mail chess program to play the game with an antiwar journalist named Sacha Dench. Charles posts his first move before leaving for the front in France. This trivial pastime explodes into something great – with incredible results.

When her father loses his job, Hensley, Sacha's seventeen year old daughter, is sent into a tailspin. Her entire life is forced into upheaval as they leave the only home she has known to move across the country. In a moment of boredom, Hensley writes a few words in the margins of her father’s next letter to her father’s chess partner, Charles. Intrigued, Charles responds, and what transpires are an exchange of letters that soon blossom into a potent love between them.

Separated by war and distance, these two lovers struggle to survive the conflicts they face in their personal lives. With intense twists and turns and plot twists, this love story blossoms into a powerful, unforgettable narrative that is deeply redolent and intensely poignant. This book is literally unputdownable! This is a stunning debut novel, gripping, vibrant, and so real, that the novel is truly unforgettable. It is one of the most powerful love stories I’ve ever read and will linger in my mind for years to come. This is truly excellence in writing and very highly recommended!