Book Review: The Hello Girl by Merline Lovelace

the hello girl

I’m a tad late (like three weeks, maybe more) at offering reviews of books I’ve read so far this year. Before I begin, you should know that I read constantly. I always have several books going at once, so I don’t read nearly as fast as I used to. And I read in a million different genres at once as well. It’s just how it works for me. I. Love. Books.

I loved this book so much I read it twice. When I first read Merline Lovelaces’s book, I did so, because I wanted to read some high-quality romantic fiction, and this book did not disappoint. In fact, it’s the kind of book that sticks with you, that you think about when you’re doing other things. You almost feel like you watched the movie, The Hello Girl, when you finish it, so exquisetly are the scenes and the characters presented to you. You taste the salt in the sea air, you feel the sadness of loss, your crushed by the explosions of bombs.

Another wonderful aspect of this novel is that there are two heroines. It’s a story within a story, but I won’t spoil the read for you, so you’ll have to check it out for yourself. However, the heroine, Anne Dunbar, is truly as heroine. She’s a luitenant colonel in the US Air Force, and you cheer for her the whole way whenever she meets another amazing milestone. She’s got the kind of drive you want to cultivate for yourself. And you yell at her and the hero, Brian, when you can see them neglecting their relationship. You’ve watched them come this far, and you can’t bear to see their life together just evaporate.

This, my friends, is what constitutes a beautiful romance, the kind where you feel pain when you start to relate to these fictional characters and you start to see what’s happening to them.

Lovelace is a prolific, award-winning, author, penning more than 100 novels. She’s, also, a retired colonel in the US Air Force, herself, having served in the Vietnam War. This was the first book of hers that I read, and I’ve read many more since. I read Lovelace to enjoy a beautiful story as much as I do to learn how to write one.

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