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A Soldier's Wish by N.R. Walker
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N.R. Walker is one of the only author's that can take a story that includes one of the MC's going to war, to Vietnam, and still managing to make the story fluffy. There was angst, to be sure, but the fluff - especially at the end - took away any sadness from angst.

I tagged this as historical because it starts the day before Woodstock in 1969, and a few days before Richard goes off to the war in Vietnam. He's in a diner, sadness rolling off him, when Gary Fairchild sees him from across the diner as he and his three friends eat there on their way to Woodstock.

They're all hippies, but Richard seems as far as one can be from a hippie. And yet Gary is drawn to him, can't look away, and he even goes over to Richard and invites him to come with him and his friends to Woodstock.

Richard almost doesn't go, but says yes at the last second. Thank god, because it changed his life. Not only his outlook on many things - mostly with being gay, as his parents are church going, god-fearing type people who are completely homophobic - but also gaining someone to love in Gary.

In those three days he's at Woodstock with Gary, he lets go and lives as he wants to, and he's free to be who he wants to be, for the first time in his life, and it means so much to Richard. Gary means to much to Richard, and vise versa. Gary is a hippie, but he's not as passionate as two of his friends are about politics - not that he doesn't care, but he's more a live and let live kind of guy, while his friends are more fight the power type of people - and he understands that it's not Richard's fault he's going off to fight in the senseless war that is Vietnam.

We get to see their journey as they stay in touch while Richard is in Vietnam, and what the aftermath is like once he comes home, and how they deal with it, and how they just fall more and more in love. And with how horrible Richard's parents are, Richard thinks he'll have no one in the hospital he's in - because he gets injured - until Gary shows up, and never leaves his side.

These two were stinking adorable together, in that way that Walker writers her couples. They're so in love, and so cute together, and they never waver in their love for each other.

This was a perfect holiday story - even with the horrors of war (even though we only really hear about it through Richard's letters) - that managed to find so much hope even when things are dark and bleak.

I loved this, two big thumbs up from me! Great connection and chemistry between the two MC's, great story with a wonderful happy ending. Definitely recommend! :D
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Reading Progress

November 5, 2018 – Shelved
November 5, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
December 7, 2018 – Started Reading
December 8, 2018 –
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December 8, 2018 –
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December 8, 2018 –
76.0% "Ah, a time before the phrase PTSD was thought up."
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: angst
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: fluff
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: forbidden-romance
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: happy-ending
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: historical
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: holiday
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: mm-romance
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: military
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: no-cheating
December 8, 2018 – Shelved as: romance
December 8, 2018 – Finished Reading

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