An enjoyable "easy read", fiction based around the historical Battle of the Bulge.
Great book! It's nearing the end of WWII and an American nurse has just married her high school sweetheart and they're headed to Paris for their honeymoon. Instead, they are both called back to duty. In a series of events, she witnesses her husband's death and is taken "captive" by his killer. A fascinating and very interesting read.
Annie Mitchell has enjoyed one day of her honeymoon when she and her husband are called back to active duty in war torn Europe. Keith is off to the front lines, and Annie to the field hospital that serves the injured. The enemy is inhuman and thoroughly depraved. German's have shot Americans down even after they've surrendered.
When Annie receives word that the major her husband is with has been injured, she dashes off, against orders, to assist the victims. Her best friend, Mouse, goes with her. When they arrive everyone is dead on arrival, except Keith. They manage to load the deceased into the ambulance, and head out to the road only to be waylaid by Germans. Mouse is killed instantly. Keith and Annie escape into the woods where Keith is killed by a German hunting rabbits.
Now its just Annie, the sole survivor. And she is held hostage by the German. Will she make it back to American soil? Will either of them survive as war rages around them? And does Annie even want to survive with her husband and best friend gone?
DEAR ENEMY is the second book I've read by Jack Cavanaugh. I loved the premise, as WWII is my favorite historical time period to read about. At first I wasn't sure what to think as the story opens with Annie in the cemetery next to her husband's grave. Then it goes to backstory. Knowing that Keith dies makes it easier to read that part of the story, and the action and suspense of not knowing what would happen next kept the pages turning.
Sometimes I didn't like Annie â or the German â very much, but other times they were very impressive. They both grew a lot during the story, becoming real, and more caring. I wanted them to make it through. The ending of the story doesn't seem finished. In fact I looked on Mr. Cavanaugh's website to see if there was a sequel to this story, but it's listed as a stand alone. I know how I want it to end â and in this instance, with the ending unfinished, the reader has to fill in their own ending. But otherwise, it's an excellent read.