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For All Their Lives

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  684 ratings  ·  59 reviews
A tale of love amid war, of love against all odds, as a beautiful half-French, half-American nurse and the idealistic officer she loves struggle to survive in the chaos of Vietnam . . .

From the Paperback edition.
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published September 4th 1991 by Ballantine (first published 1991)
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This is definitely going down as one of my favorites. There is so much to say about this book but I don't even know where to begin or what to say. The ending had my heart literally pounding out of my chest... I couldn't believe it ended the way it did.. it was unsatisfying yet it was realistic. It shows that sometimes life just gets in the way and we need to move on. Highly recommend this book but if you're not into war-like novels (not too technical) then you might not be up for it, as it takes ...more
Kristal Taylor
Oh my gosh if I could give this book 100 I would. I gave it five for the characters, how the story flowed and most of all the ending. I couldn't put this book down. Props to Fern Michaels.
carole sorenson
A book you won't forget

after reading this book, I certainly will look at a Vietnam vet with so much more respect. I'm sure that in real life they have been to help and back. This was a war love story not to be forgotten. Thank you Fern Again you have taken me into another world. As you once told me Welcome to my world. My husband has went thru a series of major health problems, while sitting in his hospital room, Fern has always taken me away. The Sisterhood series was my first introduction to
gayle smith
One of her best

This is one of the best books by Fern Michaels. It truly grab your heart. You will definitely need a tissue.
Shari Mcmillian
Loved, loved, loved the book and couldn't put it down, up until the last 150 pages or so. The book totally changed gears, and got pretty boring. I HATED the ending! I was very disappointed! It was like the author got bored with the book or something and started writing nonsense. IMO, the author could have stopped writing half-way through this book!

This is the best Fern Michaels book I have read, I don't say that lightly- I have enjoyed many of her books. She covered the Vietnam era very well, and at the same time told a wonderful, bittersweet story about Casey and Mac. This is a book I will revisit again.
Karen Cinnamond
Worth reading even if a not-your-typical romance

It kept my interest, read it straight through, but overall, I just felt annoyed with Casey and Mac. The ending I saw coming half way through the book, everything was so contrived. I really wanted things to work out all the characters. But the funny part was I still found myself rooting for Mac and Casey. Definitely not the typical happily ever after kind of story. Very much like how real life works out. The central role of Vietnam in the book reall
Jeanne Hurley

Lots of turns in the story,almost too many but interesting. Not just a story where you knew the ending half way thru.
Linda Orvis
Jan 19, 2011 Linda Orvis rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in Viet Nam
It surprised me that I haven't discovered Fern Michaels before now. I really did enjoy this book and I recommend it, but with some reservations.
The story is multiple viewpoints, set in the time of the Viet Nam war, and I would call it mainstream fiction. Yes ... there's some romance, but it is not the main theme of the story. Casey Adams, part French and part American, has been raised in an orphanage in France, and comes to the US to live in a house her father has left her in his will. She's a
Carol  MacInnis
Captain Malcolm Carlin was primarily raised by his father, Judge Marcus Carlin, after his mother left the Judge upon discovering his indiscretions. Mac's father brought him up with an iron fist and never, ever told or showed Mac any form of affection whatsoever. So as he grew into manhood, he hated his father. Mac has been married for several years and she too, as he was to discover, was nothing more than a money hungry person who showed Mac nothing by contempt. As Mac was prepared to deploy to ...more
Colleen Harkleroad
Wonderful story it will touch your heart and make you cry

I cried I laughed I love the strong women Casey was you could feel her love for her country the sacrifice she made for the one love she never had I would tell any one to read this book if they the to cry
This is a good women's book - love, remance, frustration and sorrow.

Casey Adams is a nurse in Vietnam and she's in love with an Army Major, also fighting there. They have plans for a future together, but he hasn't told Casey that he has a wife and daughter because he's in
the process of divorcing his wife. Casey is seriously injured in a bomb explosion and spends two
years recuperating under a false name. The Major is under the impression that she has died and goes on
with his life back in the Stat
Heart felt. A must read.

Ms. Michaels has touched on the reality and the heartbreak many suffered during the Viet Cong fiasco. She has given honor to the men and women who served and saw so much horror while there and how they suffered after their return.
Loved this book! It was not a mystery or suspenseful like the last Fern Michaels book I read it is about a strong young woman who went from an orphanage in France to an Operating Room a nurse in Viet Nam - her life was turned upside down and inside out but with the help and love of friends she became a survivor. Excellent read!
Patricia Wilkins
Good but sad!

it was sketchy at times! I liked it though sometimes hard to understand the sequence at times. Good read to bring to mind how much we mistreated the soldiers from this war! How sad we treated them so disrespect able!!!
I enjoyed the characters in this book. However, I did not like the way the story ended. I would have liked to have seen a happier ending. I felt like the characters did not get a chance to talk about what happened. It left me feeling sad.
It took a while to collect and digest my feelings when it came to this book.......But, I fervently believe that a sequel to this book should written. The story ended in the early '80's, but hey, we're in a new millennium and a lot of time has passed. There were too many unresolved issues in this book, we, the fans need some kind of closure. The story unfortunately is very realistic, how many of us are unable to be with our soul mate. Many of us stuck with the wrong person. I believe 100% in soul ...more
Denise Esh
What a sweet yet tragic book. I love the way Fern turns a tale, Quick read for someone like me who devours books. Found it on Kindle Unlimited so it was one of the first books I read with my Christmas Gift
Carol Hassett
I like romance novels but for the heroine to have every guy she is around for more than a day want to marry her and mourn the loss of her the rest of their lives turns it into a silly book.
Michelle Hathorn
One of her best.

A wonderful sorry. Hard to put down. Holds your interest with a lot of twists and turns. Loved it but would have liked a different ending.
carol  Oschmann
Dreamer Carol

Dreamer Carol

a must-read. hard to put down. a time in our past but it could be any day. a superb love story.
Nancy Harlan

Best book I have read in a long time -very refreshing. Now to find my next good book to read
a must-read. hard to put down. about a difficult time in our past
Gina de Jong
Well this started out great, I thought it was going to be a page turner and interesting story between the 2 main characters. About 1/4 the way in it took a turn, slowed up, added in a few more characters and a few more love interests and totally lost me and the end just took it all down the drain!! the only reason why I gave it 2 stars is because I actually liked the beginning and the foundation for the story.
Kristen  Powell
While I don't typically read romance novels, I caught myself without a book while on vacation at the beach so I went to the library at the resort we were staying at and chose this book because it looked like an interesting easy breezy read. I gave it 2 stars because I really liked the characters and the story line kept me interested enough to get it read in a couple of days, but UGH!!!
I pick up books that fall into the romantic or even light reading genres when I need a break or something that can be left behind when I'm traveling. There was a little more substance to this than I anticipated. Some of the initial "twists" in the story were broadcast a mile away; but enjoyable none the less. Set in the Vietnam era which affected a number of the main characters profoundly.
Mary Kathryn
At first I did not like this book at all. But by part two I did not want to put this book down! I stayed up till 3 in the morning to finish this book. I had to know if Casey and Mac would see each other again. I cried in about half of this book. The ending was sad but also happy. It was a very good book but a too much like real life.
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