Review: Wings Over Poppies by J.A. Derouen
ABOUT THE BOOK: Perfection. One word. Three syllables. Every reason why I’ll never have the one thing I truly want. I stand dutifully on the pedestal he’s built, waiting for the day he truly sees me.
Then one amazing night, he lets down his walls, only to leave me the next day.
Years have passed, and I’ve tried to move on with my life. But I still dream of him. I still miss him everyday. The memories haunt me. How can I look to the future when my past remains a mystery? The time has come to find the boy who stole my heart and ran away without a word.
But not everyone who is lost wants to be found.
My name is Alexandra Fontaine, and this is my story of unfinished love.
Wings Over Poppies is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
REVIEW: This is a wonderful love story about Alex and West. They originally meet each other during their teen years; however, both are looking for their future which doesn’t align with a long-term relationship. As they say their goodbyes, both of them can only hold onto the person that they used to be when they were together. Six years later, they are forced to either find their way back to each other or relinquish all hope. West struggles with PTSD from the war in Iraq and Alex struggles with the fact that she may never know if their love was true and salvageable. In my opinion, the greatest thing about this story is that the author brings the quote to life: time heals all wounds. I sympathized with Alex, understanding the strength that it takes to walk through life not knowing if someone will return or if they will be completely changed once they return. This story revels in all types of emotions which makes any story a good one. Since this is the second book by this author, the first is called Hope Over Fear, I do recommend that they are read in order if anyone is interested. This can be read as a stand-alone; however, these stories all revolve around friends and colleagues who are referenced periodically throughout the stories even though the main characters change. Wings Over Poppies really hit the spot for me because the plot is a very real and tangible tragedy that can happen to anyone who has to go off to war. Even though this story does have a happy ending, the author does allow the reader an understanding of the hard truths that soldiers face on a daily, monthly, or yearly basis. I give this story five stars because the writer shows passion among her characters and conviction in her writing.