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Seasons of Love and War

(Seasons of Love and War #1)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  27 reviews
SEASONS OF LOVE AND WAR is a historical family saga and epic love story. Childhood sweethearts Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O’Brien just want to get married and pursue their dream careers, but the Vietnam War changes everything when Kaylob is drafted into the Army and declared dead. Beth Ann has a complete emotional melt down and starts to have visions of him in the ...more
Kindle Edition, 283 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Melange Books, LLC
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Nancy Pennick
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Beth Ann and Kaylob are young and in love. What can come between them? The Vietnam War. The story is set in a time of change and upheaval in the U.S. Kaylob has been to war and volunteers to return. He has unfinished business. Beth Ann isn’t too pleased but finally sees why Kaylob must go back. The lovers are torn apart and Beth Ann struggles to go on with her life. Although good things happen for her, Kaylob is always in the back of her mind. He is her one true love.
If you love a good romance
Colleen Mcleash
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you like a wonderful love story this is the book for you. Beth Ann and Kaylob have loved each other since Childhood and they feel nothing can tear them apart, until the Vietnam War where Kaylob is drafted. Beth Ann is pretty innocent but she is waiting for the love of her life to come back. He comes back alright and made a choice without telling her that he is going back to the war to do a second tour. She is not a happy girl. The things that happen next set Beth Ann's life on a downward ...more
Cindy Smith
Apr 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What an amazing beginning to an epic love story. Childhood sweethearts grow up and then Vietnam. When Kaylob goes off to War, Beth Ann waits for him. He does make it back and Beth Ann is so thrilled. But, Kaylob tells her he must go back and save his friends. That is when it hits the fan. Kaylob goes missing and his bloody dogtags are found. His family finally decides he has passed and try to move on. Beth Ann is sure he is alive. She goes into a talespin. Years pass and she is haunted by ...more
Joyce Scarbrough
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m a sucker for stories about epic loves that were meant to be, and this book delivers that and much more. The two main characters, Beth Ann and Kaylob, are childhood sweethearts who grow up and finally get their chance to be together forever, only to be torn apart by the Vietnam war. Beth Ann is lost without the love of her life, but she manages to pull herself out of the grief that almost kills her and goes on with her life and the pursuit of her dreams because she knows that’s what Kaylob ...more
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seasons of Love and War is a heart-tugging love story about Beth Ann Rose and her childhood boyfriend turned fiancé, Kaylob Shawn O’Brien. Kaylob returns to Beth Ann following a tour of duty in the jungles of Vietnam where he lost a best friend and promised his brothers in battle that he’d return. It was a promise he hadn’t shared with his fiancée. Beth Ann had expected Kaylob was home to stay.

The author does a great job of establishing an intense romance between Kaylob and Beth Ann early in the
Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful tale set in a time period that was fraught with pain, change and bravery. Beth Ann is a young woman growing into a woman, looking forward to when her fiance, Kaylob comes home from a tour of duty in Vietnam. Unable to save his best friend in an attack, the brave Kaylob feels he can't in good conscience leave his buddies to fight alone and he signs up for another tour. When Kaylob ends up Missing in Action, presumed dead Beth Ann is heartbroken. I don't want to give away any ...more
Betty Richardson
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book took me by surprise. It was bought for me by a friend and I wasn't expecting to care for it. However, I grew in love with the characters. They reminded me of people of my day and I felt it was refreshing how old fashioned Kaylob was. For my generation, good manners and old fashioned values were more common.

The thing I didn't like had nothing to do with the story telling but Beth Ann's choices. I wish she would have done things differently.
But I loved her most of the time. She had
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One war draft that hold two young prisoners . Two childhood sweethearts trying to get their future started during the Vietnam war. Kaylob has a passion for cooking and Beth Ann is Broadway bound. What could possibly go wrong right? Amazing how one military draft can hold two prisoners. That's exactly what happens. One becomes a prisoner of war while the other becomes a prisoner inside herself. I love the writers style and the story. She also showed what it was like for some the Vietnam P.O.W's ...more
Robin Austin
Oct 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
A warm epic love story full of innocence and a heart and soul (supernatural) connection between two lovers. More romance than a mystery novel but with tension throughout.

The characters are well developed. I found the main character a little too adored by others but she fits well in this heartbreaking tale and has room to grow. This first in the series ends with miracles, hope, and double trouble ahead.

Well written and edited, it will not disappoint. It's a great curl up on the sofa read. If
Lisa Cummings
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down. The story might be a little old fashioned. But you can feel the love between Kaylob and Beth Ann. The POW scenes are done well and break your heart. The entire book kept me on edge and one minute I wanted one thing and the next I couldn't make up my mind. Bottom line, someone has to get hurt. I felt sad, angry and joy while reading this and I can't wait for book 2. The only thing that I was upset about is where it ended. I felt it could have ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seasons of Love and War is a very fitting title for this novel. I didn't know quite what to expect when I started reading but wow, what a story!

Kaylob is engaged to his childhood sweetheart and is none too happy when he is drafted to join the army in the Vietnam War. He witnesses a tragic occurrence and in his sorrow, he makes a promise to his best friend. This promise comes with a heavy price.

Beth Ann is an actress and a singer. She is longing for the return of her first and only love. Life
Lee Ward
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Timeless love stories always grab me by the throat and never let go. Such is this wonderful book. Seasons of Love and War touches the soul in so many ways.

The two main characters, Beth Ann and Kaylob, are childhood sweethearts who are deeply in love, but when they finally get to be together, the Vietnam War tears them apart. Beth Ann is told that Kaylob is lost forever as a casualty of war, but deep down she'll never accept that he's gone. She is deeply depressed and almost becomes a casualty of
Gayle Woodward-terrell
Jan 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book. I have not read any books for years and this one got me hooked from the beginning. After my husband was done reading it, I finally got the chance to read it. Love the story line and the Characters. This is a really good love story about childhood sweethearts who are torn apart by the Vietnam War. Now I am waiting patiently to read book 2.
Frank Moody
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome!One of the best I've read. The Vietnam War and watching one of the main characters get captured was awful. The writer shows you the inside of a POW camp so well, I felt I was there too. The scenes are gut wrenching. Looking forward to reading book 2
James Sillwood
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beth Ann Rose and Kaylob Shawn O'Brien are childhood sweethearts. Kaylob has just returned from Vietnam and Beth Ann is not happy when he tells her he's volunteered for a second tour. After seeing his best friend killed in the war Kaylob feels unable to abandon his other comrades. Several months later Beth Ann gets the news from Kaylob's parents that he is missing in action and her world falls apart. Time passes and, although Beth Ann tries to get on with her life by following her dream of ...more
Tracey Madeley
Jan 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
It is nice for me to read something from the other side, in terms of fighting in the Vietnam War. However, I did feel the author hadn’t done sufficient research and it could have been any conflict in Asia, the Korean War had only just finished in the 1950’s. From my limited understanding one of the main features of Vietnam was the draft, enforced conscription, although the story suggests Kaylob is a willing, professional soldier. What about his colleagues, how did they feel about being there? No ...more
Mariyam Hasnain
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Emotional is what I would say about Seasons of Love and War. Beth Ann and Kaylob are childhood sweethearts and are very much in love even as young adults. The young lovers are inseparable until the Vietnam War when Kaylob decides to return to the war voluntarily.

The book is a true portrayal of the plight of a young lady whose fiancé gone missing and is declared dead. She has to go on with life but she finds herself trapped in a mesh of emotional breakdowns, nightmares, auditory and visual
Lydia Howards
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was more than I ever imagined. I found Brenda on the internet by accident and thought this book looked good. Well, it wasn't just good, it was fantastic. I loved the emotional driven plots and Beth Ann and Kaylob were two people so in love that I was addicted to this book right away. All the things they went through, the stress and the love that was meant to be. I can't recommend this book enough, once you read this one. You will continue on with her entire saga. Brenda Barry has ...more
Sarah Stuart
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book on New Year’s Eve, and it affected me more than books usually do. It’s a love story that starts so happily for Beth Ann and Kaylob, even though he is drafted to Vietnam. He will come back, and he does, but with frightening news. He is going back for the sake of his friends: a noble cause that results in news of his death.

The inspiration behind Brenda Barry’s story is twofold. Beth Ann’s unfailing belief that Kaylob is alive, and the marvellous support she receives from her
Donna Walo-Clancy
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Could not put this book down.

The love between Beth Ann and Kaylob are what dreams are made of. I normally do not read books about Vietnam because it brings back too many memories. This story was done with so much class and taste it was a pleasure to read. The characters drew you into their worlds as if you were participating in the story. I would highly recommend this love story to everyone.
David Boiani
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a beautifully written story. I really enjoyed how the author filtered in the bleak, darkness of the Vietnam war in with the light, uplifting plot lines of friendship and romance. it all comes together in a well rounded love story that kicks off this six book saga. This was one of those books that you find yourself on the last page so quickly you are amazed that it is over....amazed and wanting more. Luckily for us...there is more. On to book 2....
K.T. Munson
Sep 12, 2017 rated it liked it
**Actual Rating 2.5***

Kaylob, Beth Ann, and Blake are the three main characters. Although I liked both Kaylob and Blake to certain extents, I couldn't bring myself to like Beth Ann. She reminded me as a lead in a trashy soap opera. By the end of the book I absolutely loathed her - to the point that I didn't think she deserved anyone and I wished very much that things end poorly for her. She was not what I would define as a strong woman. Her reaction when Kaylob first goes missing was
J.C. Brennan
Aug 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Many young men were sent off to Vietnam, and many left behind someone they loved. This is no different for Kaylob and Beth Ann. But unlike some of the woman left behind Beth Ann waits for her man, she loves him completely, and it's agonizing to know that he’s there. Kaylob never leaves her thoughts.
When comes home Beth Ann’s heart beats so hard it’s about ready to burst—she could never be happier than in that moment. However, Kaylob tells her he must go back—it’s his duty to save his friends.
David Lloyd
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Seasons of Love and War is a love story during the Vietnam war error, that deeply tugs at the readers emotions. One young man, Kaylob, goes off to war but many people are affected. His fiancée, Beth Ann is tortured over the thought that he is dead and begins to have visions of what he is going through deep in the war torn jungles. This is when the story real turns into a page turner and how exciting it becomes for the reader as you experience the physical and psychological toll that the Vietnam ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beth Anne and Kaylob’s love is so strong down to the souls. They are connected in spirit. I feel sorry for Blake since he’s competing with Kaylob for her affection and knows in his heart that she will never be in love with him like she is with Kaylob. He very sweet and understanding with her. I didn’t know this would be continued and is the beginning of a series. My rating is more a 4.5 than a 4 or somewhere between the two. It’s a good love story.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Linda by: Author
Loved the book. This shows I read the book twice, but did not. I did start it a few times but got distracted by other things. The book is well written, keeps your interest. Well researched in Vietnam war related segments. Am nearly finished with the next book, December road.
Cindy Watson
Dec 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Based during the Vietnam war era of the 60's and 70's. Brenda Ashworth Barry really did her research to be as accurate as possible as to what a POW experienced as well as loved ones statewide. A rare find.
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Brenda Ashworth Barry's first book was a memoir titled, Healing the Voices Within, which was never published but sponsored on a local TV station and flew off the shelves at her Healing Center in Redding California.

Her most recent work is a six-part saga of star-crossed lovers separated by the war in Vietnam, entitled Seasons of Love and War. Brenda worked for over five years to bring the Saga

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