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4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,325 ratings  ·  430 reviews
The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.

It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by HarperTeen
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This book was incredibly beautiful and cute and romantic and stunning and ...*screams*

please read this book

Wait for me is the historical romance you didn't know you needed in your life.



What is it about?

Good question. *screams again*

It's about Lorna and Paul:
The year is 1945. She lives in a farm in Scotland. He's a former german soldier who's now a prisoner of war of the British forces and who's sent to work on Lorna's dad fa
Sarah Elizabeth
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“Yes, he was quite nice really. For a German.”

This was a YA historical romance story, set during World War II.

Lorna was an interesting character, and she clearly worked hard on her father’s farm and made sacrifices.

The storyline in this was about a German prisoner of war (Paul) being sent to work on Lorna’s father’s farm, and Lorna slowly coming around to the idea after initially disliking it.
Candace Robinson
Oct 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I only read contemporary some of the time, but I was intrigued because of the era it was set in. The characters all had their flaws and their uniqueness, and Paul after everything he has been through is such a sweetheart. These people were just so brave to live during this time while everyone today is just worried about a "selfie" and I loved the history and everything else within these pages. Full review on my blog ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, hf-scotland
Abandoning ship at 20%

How, just how, does a novel set in WWII with a German soldier straight up ignores the bloody Holocaust and all the lives lost, and turns into this generic love story?!! War is a brutal, complicated and dreadful thing for all sides involved - but this is a great disservice to all those who have fought and shed blood.

May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Reviewed on: 5171 Miles Book Blog.

You all know by now how I love World War II novels, especially historical romance. When I saw Wait for Me on Instagram a few months ago, I knew I had to give it a try. I had never before read a YA historical romance, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I mostly hoped it would not be a cheesy rendition of a love story.

Lorna Anderson is a young Scottish girl who helps with a variety of things on her father’s farm after her brothers leave for the war. When a pre
Dec 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A gripping, romantic tale set in 1945 Scotland, Leech's well-researched historical YA novel explores a forbidden love affair between Lorna Anderson, a plucky 17-year-old farm girl, and Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war. Written in lyrical, fluid prose, Leech captures the time period in amazing detail, with sharp dialogue, clever characterization, and delicious, slow-burning romance. Highly and enthusiastically recommended. ...more
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Jan 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
I am a huge fan of World War II books so I was excited to see a new YA based one coming out.

Lorna lives on a farm in Scotland in 1945 with her father and a farm helper Nellie while her two brothers are fighting in the war. She goes to school and helps out with chores. When Paul, a German prisoner of war, is assigned to work at the family farm Lorna finds it hard to accept his presence. As time goes on and she learns more about Paul though she finds it hard to stay away. If she doesn't th
This was a beautiful yet at times heart wrenching book. I honestly just laid in bed holding this book to my chest crying when I finished it. This book was beautiful and had a very powerful message.

The message woven throughout this novel - at least what I personally thought it as - was forgiveness and not judging people based on their outward appearance or their nationality. This spoke volumes to me.

I am a descendant of a Dutch resistant worker. I had distant uncles who died in concentration ca
Emily Murphy
Feb 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so winsome and charming. The historical grounding of place and time is so immersive and well-done, and while the tone is delightfully classic, the setting of a Scottish farm also makes it feel fresh. I loved how Leech allowed her characters to explore the full implications of becoming friends--and even falling in love--with someone on the other side of a war. She allows Lorna, Paul, and the people around them to struggle as they pick through the tangled roots of war and enemy, and e ...more
Bleeeech. If I had to describe this book in one word, I would probably choose corny. Don't pick this up if you're looking for a moving historical fiction about finding love amidst the horrors of World War 2. Pick it up if you want to read a cheeseball teenage romance with only occasional mentions of those minor inconveniences during the war.

I read World War 2 historical fiction because I like reading about strong people who had to do hard things to survive during one of the most horrifying time
Rebecca Ross
This book reminded me how much I love historical fiction, and how eager I am to see more of it in YA.

WAIT FOR ME arrived by magical ARC wings in the mail, and I wasted no time in brewing a "wee cuppa tea," curling up in my worn out leather chair with my dog at my feet, ready to be transported to 1945 Scotland.

Our heroine is seventeen year old Lorna Anderson, whose two older brothers are away at war and whose father is weary in trying to keep their farm functioning. Because of that, Lorna is do
Amanda Searcy
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! I fell so in love with the characters that I wanted to keep reading forever to see what happens to them. The setting is incredibly vivid, and the author's note at the end shows how much time, attention, and love went into the details. Read this book if you want to be swept away. ...more
Gwen Cole
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-debuts
This book was a delight to read. It was so cool reading from a different perspective during the war, and learning what it was like in a place like Scotland. That combined with a beautiful slow burn romance that will have you earning for more, it makes for a great read. <3
Nhi Nguyễn
I have been in a frenzy of wanting to read books about World War II, and upon knowing this book delivers me both World War II setting and a blossoming romance of two young adults (I'm a big fan of romance novels), I just couldn't pass it by ^^

To be honest, the first 2 or 3 chapters didn't hold much of my attention. But as I read on and on, the story started to dawn on me. I became absolutely invested in both the story and the characters. The idea of falling in love with someone not only you but
nuin giliath
*Mild spoilers ahead*

*sigh* This was just lovely. I don't often read historical fiction, but Wait for Me was such an easy and engaging read. I found this story of forbidden love during a time of war to be quite compelling (if also occasionally predictable) and well worth my time. I would recommend it to anyone who even remotely enjoys this genre.

Paul, a German POW, is brought to the Anderson's farm to work and Lorna is immediately repulsed by this arrangement. Being a wounded prisoner in a forei
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a lovely book! Set in Scotland during the last months of WWII in Europe, the story of Lorna and her German love was refreshing; at times funny; at times so moving, I wanted to underline every sentence. Moments of fear and despair and anger are woven together with moments of pure delight and the deep feelings of first love. Wonderful.
Synopsis: In a town where there are probably more sheep than people, the most infuriating girl in all of Scotland falls in love with the German POW that is sent to help her family with their farm.

* Lorna Ducking Anderson. She is 99.9999999% of the reason this book is getting the rating that it is. Lorna is quite possibly the most annoying, infuriating, headache inducing character I have ever come across this year (and we aren’t even at the half-way mark). Heaven to purgatoriid,
Katy Upperman
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this historical debut so much. Main character Lorna is living on her father's Scotland farm in 1945, as WWII is winding down. When a German POW arrives to lend a hand with farm duties, Lorna is at once put-off. Her brothers are fighting for the Allies, and Lorna wants nothing to do with the enemy. But as she gets to know Paul, she discovers he's not at all like the evil Nazis she initially grouped him with; he's kind and smart and sensitive, and she begins to fall for him. But being with ...more
Nikolae Keaveney
Jun 27, 2016 rated it liked it
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Haley S
This is one very good book. I really enjoyed it. I mean, it was super-duper great! I haven’t read many books set in this time-period, but even though it was fictional, it still seemed like I was in the year 1945.
All the characters were very likeable…well, at least the ones that I was supposed to like. Don’t get me going on “one” of the characters. I could not stand him. I really, really hope there is a story on Iris coming up. Her story ended off on a “kinda” cliffhanger. I could last without a
Merphy Napier
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It was a sweet romance with a lot of culture. I really enjoyed reading about rationing and clothing coupons and things like that being mentioned so naturally as if the reader is experiencing all these things too. It was like being transported into that time.

The romance was so sweet and perfect. I fell in love with Paul and really felt for them as the village turned on them when they realized that Lorna had fallen for a German. This is a love interest that I fell for too, he w
Jul 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
The kind of story and characters who stick with you long after you finish reading.

That was wonderful! A lush, romantic and completely engrossing story set in wartime Scotland. I went into this with no expectations and was instantly caught up in Lorna's story, the people who make up her family and small-town, and the German POW who quietly captures her heart.

*For those concerned about this being a Nazi romance, it's not.*
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a sweet little historical romance set during WWII. I found aspects of this book a little slow at times and when I set it down I didn't feel that dire need to pick it back up. But when I did pick it up again, it was easy to read and I enjoyed my time. I love how it wrapped up, and I loved the character relationships in this story. Overall it's a great palette cleanser read.
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight
Wait for Me is such a lovely novel with a lot of good life lessons and messages. Lorna is nearly eighteen, living with her father on a Scotland farm, her brothers off to war in WWII. She's trying to decide what her next steps in life should be, as she prepares to finish school. Of course her life is complicated, with her brothers at war, but when a German prisoner of war, Paul, is sent t
Oct 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Set in 1945 just before the end of World War II, Wait For Me is a novel about Lorna and her attempts to navigate through various relationships while living on a Scottish farm with a German prisoner of war as a farmhand. Wait For Me was quite character focused, with the book mainly about the romance between Lorna and Paul as well as the relationship between Lorna and her best friend Iris.

I think the only major negative to the book was the fact that basically all the male characters were portrayed
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: War, family, friendship, love, community.

Content Warnings: Sexual assault.

It was actually really good and I really enjoyed it, but it was ruined for my by the Americanisms. It's set in Scotland and there are even colloquialisms used, especially in the dialogue, so seeing random Americanisms really pulled me out of the story and it was such a shame, especially as the author is British (although they live in America).

I did really like the slow-burn relationship in this book. I love a slow
Joanne O'Sullivan
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This beautifully crafted story had everything that I love in a book- a vivid setting, well rounded characters and well crafted sub-plots and that certain undefinable something- a sense of longing and something bittersweet. It was so perfect in so many ways- the romance, the way it caputred divided loyalties and strains of a community that's been living under the shadow of war for such a long time. Not a false note in the book- just loved it. ...more
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2017-tbr, favorites
This was really good, such a heartwarming story set in a very important time in history. This was such a treat to read and it to be a YA.
Chloe (aka Crystal)
Oct 22, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-tbr
Won this in a giveaway! :D
I hope my mom will let me read it!
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: set-in-scotland
3.75 stars

You know me, I'm a history nerd and I like learning about things in history I don't know too much about. I have recently been watching the BBC series Land Girls and it made me want to read about that time period in farms, which is why I picked up Wait for Me (I first wanted to read it because it was set in Scotland!).

Reading about World War II in Scotland was quite interesting in my opinion, because it was quite far from the front, but you could see how the conflict changed everyone's
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Caroline Leech is a Scottish writer who has lived in Houston TX since 2007. She writes novels for teenagers, and her debut novel, WAIT FOR ME, was published by Harper Collins/Harper Teen in early 2017. Set in Scotland towards the end of World War Two, the book won the 2014 Joan Lowery Nixon Award at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Houston, as well as the YA categories of ...more

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“And if he was kind and friendly and funny, and if he told you about places so beautiful that you wanted to go with him to see them, and if he listened to you talk like he actually cared about what you were saying?
And if he tried to protect you when other people tried to tell you what to do, as if they owned you? And if he has the handsomest face you've ever seen, no matter if the skin has been damaged, because he's just lovely even so?”
“I thought I lost you"
"You will never lose me." Paul kissed the top of her head. "And even if I have to leave, you must know that I will come back to you again. If you'll wait for me?”
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