Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Book Review for Until We Meet by Camille Di Maio

 Until We Meet by Camille Di Maio 

Kindle Edition

Publication: March 1st 2022

Genre:  Historical Fiction

From Goodreads:
  Margaret Beck is proud of her work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard sewing stars onto the Stars and Stripes, but she yearns to contribute to the war effort more meaningfully. She's angling for a promotion to the mechanic section, but she doesn't want to wait to make a difference. So with her two best friends, she decides to start a knitting club, where they will knit socks for the boys at the front. Thinking of the young men so far from the comforts of home, Margaret slips a note into her first pair of socks, offering a connection to an unknown soldier that will forever change her life.

For Thomas Powell serving his country was not only his duty but an honor, and he wore his Army uniform with pride. Yet being on the frontlines, witness to unspeakable tragedy and despair, has shaken him. The one shining light is Margaret’s letters—written to his best friend William. When William is killed, Tom doesn’t have the heart to write the warm, generous, and hopeful Margaret and tell her the news. Not about William’s death and not about the way he’s fallen in love with her—across an ocean, amidst the darkness of war, and through the letters she never intended for him.

Instead, he picks up his pen and responds to Margaret’s latest letter, signing it William. As the war intensifies, so does the affection between Tom and Margaret, and Tom knows he owes her the truth. But as he heads out for his most dangerous mission yet, Tom wonders—will he ever get the chance to tell her?

My Thoughts: It is the end of December 2021 and I thought I had already read my favorite WWII, historical fiction, book.   Then I read Camille Di Maio’s Until We Meet and I knew that this one is my most favorite.  I loved the characters, the dual settings, and the era.

From the beginning of the book, I was pulled right in. I could picture the ladies’ sewing socks for the men fighting the war and sharing the gossip from their lives.  I could see the men opening the care packages and sharing the news from home.  Margaret slipped notes in the socks she knitted, and they made it straight to William.  I loved the twist of Thomas’ part in the story and could not wait to see how that would all play out for them. 

Until We Meet is the most perfect WWII era book.  I loved how it was set both in the US, showing how the women were working men’s jobs and doing what they could do to support the men fighting overseas, and the overseas setting with the men who put their lives on the line with every single minute they spent fighting the war.

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Meet Camille Di Maio:
 (From Goodreads)  Camille recently left an award-winning real estate career in San Antonio to become a full-time writer. Along with her husband of 23 years, she home schooled their four children, two of which are off to college. She has a bucket list that is never-ending, and uses her adventures to inspire her writing. She's lived in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and California, and spends enough time in Hawai'i to feel like a local. She's traveled to four continents (so far), and met Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II. She just about fainted when she had a chance to meet her musical idol, Paul McCartney, too. Camille studied political science in college, but found working on actual campaigns much more fun. She overdoses on goodies at farmers markets (justifying them by her support for local bakeries), and belts out Broadway tunes whenever the moment strikes. There's almost nothing she wouldn't try, so long as it does't involve heights, roller skates, or anything illegal.

She appreciates you stopping by, and welcomes you to reach out and share a love of books!

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