This is a captivating and healing story which I read in one sitting. I don't read a lot of romance, but Sam and Poppy are deep and relatable characters who immediately drew me into their opposing worlds. I even found myself wanting to know more about these "people" and wanting to read more books involving the two. The author did an amazing job of interlacing the story with realistic tidbits from the era and of weaving the tale around a strange Scrimshaw doll, which added a nice touch of mystery. I was impressed by the inclusion of some Vietnamese language, as well as the very realistic descriptions of the incidents that created Sam's post traumatic stress. When I started reading the book, I was feeling a tad blue, like I sometimes do before a Monday, but by the time I finished, I felt happy and hopeful again. One thing I'm hopeful about is that Calisa Rhose will keep writing tons more books because I want to read them all!