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Love And Other Battles

4.59  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Three generations of women. Three heartbreaking choices. One unforgettable story.

1969: Free-spirited hippie Jess James has no intention of falling for a soldier ... but perhaps some things are not in our power to stop.

1989: Jess's daughter, Jamie, dreams of a simple life - marriage, children, stability - then she meets a struggling musician and suddenly the future becomes
Paperback, 336 pages
Published June 17th 2019 by HarperCollins - AU
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In 1969, free spirited Jess doesn’t agree with the Vietnamese war and the last thing she wants to do is fall in love with a soldier, but a chance encounter sees her fall for a young soldier about to leave for Vietnam. Twenty years later, her sensible, no nonsense daughter Jamie is looking for a stable home and life but falls hopelessly in love with a musician who eventually leaves her for a career overseas. Now her own daughter CJ has fallen for the coolest bad boy in school and Jamie is worried ...more
Tess Wood’s third novel, Love and Other Battles , brings to our attention the lives of three generations of women.

In 1969, nurse student Jessica James met Frank Stone, a nasho, a military recruit about to be sent to Vietnam to fight alongside the Americans. Jessica opposes the Vietnam War and she’s not very fond of those who serve in the military. Regardless, their attraction is undeniable.

In 1989, Jess’s daughter, Jamie, meets a struggling musician, her complete opposite, whom she falls deeply
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love and Other Battles is the third novel by Australian author, Tess Woods. It’s 1969 and, with her pacifist attitude and strong views on the Vietnam War, Jessica James isn’t expecting to fall for a nasho, a national serviceman. Frank Stone sees this peace-chanting, atheist beatnik and calls her “Flower Child”. He is indeed a soldier, proud to serve his country and soon about to be sent, in all likelihood, to Nui Dat. And he’s a Catholic to boot. But there’s just something about him…

When she tu
Vanessa Carnevale
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the many things I admire about Tess Woods is how she handles writing about tough topics. Love and Other Battles is a moving and poignant story with many elements at play; the depth of love, family secrets, the way one decision can impact the future and the lives of others. A heart-wrenching, emotional portrayal of life and love that readers won’t want to put down.
Theresa Smith
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tess Woods is an absolute master of human emotion. She convinced me of this with her first novel, confirmed it with her second, but this one, her third, is next level. Love and Other Battles is a novel for our times. It is a deeply affecting novel that explores the many ways in which a family can fracture and then knit itself back together. This is contemporary fiction at its finest and I am so grateful to Tess Woods for her bravery in writing a novel that takes readers right into the crux of cu ...more
Jennifer (JC-S)
‘Jessica James never expected to fall for a soldier.’

This novel, which spans the lives of three generations of women from one family, starts in 1969. Jess James is a free-spirited young hippie. She’s against the Vietnam War, and the last thing she expected was to fall in love with a soldier about to leave for service there. In 1989, Jess’s daughter Jamie dreams of marriage and children, and then she meets a struggling musician. In 2017, Jamie’s daughter CJ ends up with the coolest boy at school,
Tess Woods is not afraid to tackle difficult subjects. Her last book tackled refugees and how they often struggle to fit into our society and how we as a society treat them. This time she tackles several important topics, but I don’t want to give too much away so I’ll try to be vague.

There are three time lines threaded through this novel and three generations, all connected in the present 2017 timeline.

CJ, a Seventeen year old high-school student is dealing with and going through so many things,
Nadia King
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the things I enjoy about Tess Woods’s novels is the way she sensitively handles difficult contemporary societal issues.

The three generations of women in Love and Other Battles all have their own challenges to overcome. But as a reader and writer of young-adult fiction, I was interested to see how Woods would tackle the teen issues of self-harm, cyber-safety, drug use, and youth suicide.

The teen in the book is CJ, the youngest of the three women in the story — CJ is Jamie’s daughter and J
Now, Tess is one of the authors with our agency - Jacinta di Mase Management - but truly, that just makes my love for her and the stories she tells that much more *wonderful*.

One of my favourite quotes from actor & author Robert Webb is; “You can still love the effortlessness, even when you’ve noticed the effort.” And that’s how I especially feel about Tess’s new release, 'Love And Other Battles' that I had the absolute privilege to read and fall in love with over and over again, at differe
Sharon Xuereb
There is something very exceptional about the way that Tess Woods writes. Before the end of the first chapter I was hooked and immediately very invested in her characters and their stories. I wanted them to be OK, I needed them to be OK. They're very real stories that are very relevant in their own times.
Three generations of women dealing with life's challenges in both "love and other battles" as the title suggests. The story line jumps from Jess, Jamie and CJ. Each telling their own story, jump
Karren  Sandercock
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks NetGalley, Harper Collins Publishing Australia and Tess Woods for my copy of her new book : Love And Other Battles.
In 1969, hippie nursing student Jess never imagined she would fall in love with a soldier, but she falls head over heals in love with Frank Stone and he's about to be sent off to serve his country in the Vietnam war. As we know at that time in Australia the war in Vietnam was a very touchy subject, not all Australians agreed with our involvement in the war and the soldiers co
Monique Mulligan
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Three generations of women come together for a heartfelt story in Love and Other Battles by Tess Woods: Jess, the free-spirited hippie, her reserved daughter Jamie, and Jamie's vulnerable teenage daughter, CJ. I always admire writers who weave together different time periods and voices with seemingly no effort, and Tess is no exception here. She's created strong and memorable characters (especially Jess and CJ), and thrown a raft of conflicts at them like pacifism v war, drugs for leisure v medi ...more
Len Klumpp
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love and Other Battles

OMG, this is the best book I have ever read. Tess Woods latest offering, Love and Other Battle. BRILLIANT. Tess’ ability to bring her characters to life, to feel their love, pain, disappointments and successes are second to none. I could sit here all night and sing her praises but the best way to do that is to implore you to read this book and make your own decision. Guaranteed you will love it as much as I did. A very big six Eagles from me. 🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅🦅 and one more because it
Rebecca Bowyer
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so wonderful!!!
Jun 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The thing I love most about Tess Woods’ writing is how immersed you immediately feel. This novel was a beautiful but heart wrenching look into one family’s highs and lows and how three strong women supported each other throughout. Honestly felt like I was a part of CJ, Jamie & Jess’ world and was a little sad when I finished reading but it’s a book I’ll be thinking about for weeks to come. Absolutely loved it.
Jackie Cook
Jun 05, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!

A multigenerational tale of three women experiencing love and life. A very enjoyable read.
Melonie Hardingham
Apr 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tess Woods kept me up all night with Love and Other Battles. I tried putting it down around Midnight but, alas, sleep was not for me. This beautifully written story, encompassing three generations had me captured from chapter one.

As Tess cleverly entwines the lives of 3 women, I found myself completely invested in trying to untangle them. Tess has the ability to have you experience an entire range of emotions along the way. Her character's will have you laughing and crying, not to mention frustr
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I took my time reading this book, because I’ve waited almost 2 years for it and I don’t regret it. I wanted to let the information sink in and not rush it. 5 stars, Tess! Because this book connected with me in more ways than you could possibly imagine. CJ was my soul mate character.

So... let’s begin this review adventure.
Love and Other battles is a book written in two parts: love and (obviously) other battles. The first part - love - is an introduction into the lives of 3 women from 3 generati
Tanya Atherton
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again Tess has taken me on a journey that I did not want to end. Her talent lies, not just in the brilliant format of the way she weaves the lives together, but in how relatable her characters are. I could have been reading about myself, my Mum and my own daughter. She shows a deep understanding and connectivity with teenagers of today and the issues they face. A beautiful blend of family love, sibling love, love of a best friend, romantic love combined with 'real life' issues and challenge ...more
Cate McKinnon Alexander
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The historian in me wept.

The mother in me raged.

The girl in me understands.

A must-read book that touches on some very controversial topics. A story of love, mothers and daughters, and learning that not everything in life is black and white.
Anna Loder
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very contemporary novel about three generations of women. There are so many important issues raised and discussed within its covers. A story told with love and empathy; so well done!
Sonia Todaro
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read Tess Wood's latest book, Love and other Battles and LOVED IT! Emotional, compelling and beautifully written. Another heartfelt novel, bringing the lives of 3 spirited women and their triumphs to life through literature. Well done Tess, I couldn't put in down.
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bravo Tess Woods, what a cracking novel!
Love and Other Battles is THE best book I have read in a long time, and you Tess Woods as an author just keep getting better! This is a riveting read which is extremely hard to put down. I was so emotionally invested in your characters , and was continually surprised by the many dramatic twists and turns this novel took me on. Brilliantly written, I felt I had stepped inside the book and emotionally became a member of this family’s journey, a journey that
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
We’ve all made mistakes , especially when we’re in love.’

Love and indeed life is a battlefield, to quote one of my favourite 1980s songs by Pat Benatar. I felt like this song could easily be an anthem for the new and compelling inter- generational novel, penned by Tess Woods. Love and Other Battles, the third book from contemporary fiction novelist Tess Woods, gave me goosebumps, made me shiver and it had me nodding my head in deep understanding of the issue
Shreedevi Gurumurty
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful novel about three generations of women who had to make heartbreaking choices. From the Vietnam War era to the bright lights of Nashville,Tennessee to present day Melbourne, Australia, this is a heart-wrenching story about how the three Stone women learn that true love isn't always where they seek it. In 1969, Flower child and hippie girl, Jess James is a young nurse who is against the Vietnam War. She never imagines that she'll fall in love with a nasho (a person undergoing ...more
Melissa Sargent
Jun 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love And Other Battles
Tess Woods

Earlier this week I’d been lucky enough to receive a copy of Tess Woods’ new novel LOVE AND OTHER BATTLES in the mail. If you’ve never read one of her books you are missing out, they’re fabulous, and you wouldn’t appreciate how much restraint it took to read only the first few pages and put the book down to go to the day job. To manage my impulse to drop everything and read, I made a date with myself for Sunday morning, and passed by the book every day admiring th
What a pleasing surprise to find a book that begins a bit like a chit-lit romance, but which develops into a serious exploration of contemporary issues that affect the lives of three generations of women. Jess, her daughter Jamie and granddaughter CJ are introduced in their relevant teenage years during their turbulent first romances (hence the allusion to romantic fiction) but it is the different settings and times that make the story hang together so well.
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a powerful book that tackles three generations of women, three voices, and three time periods. First there is the grandmother Jess who lived through the Vietnam war era, then her daughter Jamie who is a professional teacher/principal and her daughter CJ who is 17 and going through her HSC top of her year, until the first boyfriend changes everything. They all have secrets and situations - Jess is caring for her husband who has Parkinson's Disease, Jamie is a single mother and is balancin ...more
Jennifer Ammoscato
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Love and Other Battles, Tess Woods has written a novel that is deeply moving as it vividly captures the trials and challenges faced by three generations of women.

Jess is a flower child who blooms in the unexpected love of the soldier who must leave her to fight in Vietnam.

Two decades later, her daughter, Jamie, abandons her conventional dreams for the arms of a musician and the uncertainty such a life brings with it.

And in 2017, first love finds Jamie’s daughter, CJ, as she falls for the most
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading this book I feared I was reading a romance novel. While love is at the core of this book, it is also about the things people will do for love, the hurtful things they inflict on others to relieve the pain of not getting love, the weird self-defeating ways we try to get love, the secrets people hide in the name of love and the everyday sacrifices people make for those they love.

These are the themes that unite the lives of the three women in the story. While they are a
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