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Truly Are the Free

(Sweet Wine of Youth #2)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  16 reviews
2018 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards Honorable Mention
2018 B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree
2018 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Finalist
2018 Discovered Diamond
2018 Goethe Award for Historical Fiction Long-Listed
2017 Wishing Shelf Book Awards Finalist

South Boston-native Ned Tobin has all the luck. Alive after the Somme, now an officer, he meets, beds and fa
Paperback, 279 pages
Published November 28th 2017 by Ballybur
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Billy Buttons
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was entered in The Wishing Shelf Book Awards. This is what our readers thought:
Title: Truly are the Free
Author: Jeffrey K. Walker

Star Rating: 5 Stars
Number of Readers: 16
Editing: 10/10
Writing Style: 10/10
Content: 9/10
Cover: 10/10
Of the 16 readers:
16 would read another book by this author.
16 thought the cover was good or excellent.
15 felt it was easy to follow.
16 would recommend this story to another reader to try.
5 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’.
11 felt t
Chris Norbury
Just had my review delete itself somehow *grrr*. Won't try to rewrite other than to say it's a well -done book. Readers interested in the less well-known parts of WW I such as racism in the American military and attitudes toward homosexuality and other social issues will find this book illuminating. ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this remarkable second installment of his Sweet Wine of Youth trilogy, Jeffrey K. Walker brings together two minor characters from None of Us the Same, the likable Ned Tobin and Chester Dawkins, and gives us the riveting backstory on how they met and who they come to know, fleshing out their lives at home, in the trenches of WWI and post-War. Ned, a white man, and Chester, a black man, grapple with long-held prejudices and the discomfort they feel when the war throws them together. Both have ...more
Eileen Iciek
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent novel taking place during WWI and in the following few years. The author writes well about the racism of the period and homosexuality - topics that often invite either vitriol or preachiness, but not in this book.

The main characters are Adele, a young Frenchwoman; her lover Ned Tobin, an American fighting in WWI; Chester Dawkins, an African-American who enlists to fight in France; and Chester's sister, Lena, left behind to deal with their father's death and financial problems in Harle
Monica Dentino
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and War. Another beautiful love story (stories) interwoven with many details of World War I and its aftermath. The characters are so vivid, their lives so clearly changed by war, by circumstances of life in the early 20th century, and by each other. Jeffrey K. Walker writes with ease about dramatic interpersonal episodes as well as historical global events and I end each chapter feeling like someone just sat down with me and told me a great story. Looking forward to Book Three of the Trilog ...more
Helen Hollick
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Shortlisted for Book of the Month
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"The cast [of characters] is enthralling and entertaining: not just soldiers slogging their way through the mud and keeping their heads down from the bombardment of German shells. We meet musicians, farmers, gangsters, all ordinary people caught up in the extraordinary circumstances of war."
Dennis Krieger
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is really great reading. I liked this as well as the first book in the trilogy and sets me up for wanting the third one, which is not out yet. Good history with ample explanations of “author prerogatives,” interesting characters, and so well written that I just cruised through it. A budding star!
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Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another success in this series. I love that it's so historically accurate, although it's embarrassing as an American to see how we treated the black community at that time after the heroism demonstrated by them. A beautifully written story with well-developed characters. ...more
Don Inman
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This 2nd book continues the theme of the effect of war on individuals, families and nations. The various stories are woven together expertly.
Carla Prehoda Kuchar
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read!
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We are proud to announce that TRULY ARE THE FREE by Jeffrey K. Walker is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is book two in Jeffrey K. Walker’s trilogy, Sweet Wine of Youth and is every bit as good as the first, None of Us the Same. Once again, Walker writes in a smooth and easy-flowing manner that makes it a pleasure to read. The numerous stories surrounding the characters made this a real page-turner for me. Combine believable fiction with an historical setting that Walker has clearly researched in great depth. This is the type of book that keeps me coming back for more. The best compliment I ca ...more
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Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his second novel Truly Are the Free, Mr. Walker has again managed to convey the spirit of the time of which he writes. The drama is set during and after World War I and follows several characters through France, Ireland and New York. Those places come alive through Mr. Walker's highly detailed narrative and crackling prose. In particular, his portrayals of the African American experience in Harlem and of the artists' life in Paris after the War are especially imaginative and well written.
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JEFFREY K. WALKER is a Midwesterner, born in what was once the Glass Container Capital of the World. A retired military officer, he served in Bosnia and Afghanistan, planned the Kosovo air campaign and ran a State Department program in Baghdad. He’s been shelled, rocketed and sniped by various groups, all with bad aim. He’s lived in ten states and three foreign countries, managing to get degrees f ...more

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