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My Dear I Wanted to Tell You by Louisa Young

My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
My Dear I Wanted to Tell You
Louisa Young
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Windsor; Large type edition edition (August 1, 2011)
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  • Rindyt
I absolutely loved this book! It is beautifully written and gives a very good picture of the horrors of World War I, a war which has always particularly interested me. In fact, this is one of the best novels set during World War I which I have read as it seems to be far easier to find good novels set during World War II. The sequel to this book was published yesterday and I have already purchased it. "The Heroes' Welcome" is the title. So this sequel will be the next book I read just as soon as I finish the book I am currently reading. The only negative remark I can make about "My Dear I wanted to tell you" is about its cumbersome title which really has nothing to do with the book, as far as I am concerned. I cannot imagine why the publisher allowed such a poor title to be selected. Please don't let the poor title keep you from reading this wonderful book!
  • Cordanara
I wholehardily (is that even a word?) concur with those reviewers who couldn't put this book (Kindle edition) down. Ms. Young's writing is exquisite, even though the subject is war and its aftermath. From everything I have read, World War I was traumatic to all those who fought and for all those who were left behind. This story has been told many times in books and on screen, Downton Abbey comes to mind, but My Dear I Wanted to Tell You, does it in a very poignant, personal way. I found it riveting.
Riley Purefoy was believable and likable and his story is heartbreaking. So too the story of Nadine Waveney, a young woman of her times who is living in the midst of a cultural shift. All Ms. Young's characters ring true. At the end of the book I was thrilled to find she has continued their story in her book, The Heroes' Welcome.
When all is said and done, war is cruel and inhumane. Patriotic fervor cannot erase the horror of what young men and women must endure for freedom. As I get older, I find I can tolerate it less and less. Stories like this are important because they remind us that real lives are being lost and real families are being affected long after the current fighting is 'over'.
  • Kanrad
There's no such thing as a cheerful book set during the period of the First World War, and this one is no exception.
It follows the parallel, then intertwined lives of two couples, Julia and Peter (upperclass) and Riley and Nadine (he working class, but intelligent and educated 'above his station, and Nadine, upper class).
Then comes the war...and evrything changes for both couples.
I was fearful to read to the end, even put it off for several days, but I shouldn't have.
It all resolves nicely, even a bit predictable...but let's just say I'd have been awfully upset if it had ended any differently!
Highest recommendation.
Aside: the war injuries, the nurses duties, and the detailed explanations (based on medical archives) of the extensive plastic surgery done circa 1917 are astonishing! If you're the least bit interested in medical/surgical stories and history, don't skip over this part of the book.
  • Jake
I purchased this book for my Kindle because it was only $1.99. I wasn't expecting much; but I was so wrong. The story line was powerful, the characters as real, hopeful and flawed, as the people in all,our lives. In the end, the main character was World War 1 and Ms Young did an amazing job of bringing alive the horror of life in the trenches. I always have a book in my hands.. I had just put down half finished the fifth book in a row that was filled with insipid characters and purple prose. Five dreary books in a row ------ that was a record for me. And then I began My Dear I Wamted To tell You and once agiain I realized the magic of losing myself totally inside a book. This is my first Amazon review. I wrote it because more people should know about this book
  • Dorilune
Inciteful and relevant. "My Dear I wanted to Tell You" by Louisa Young portrayed the strengths and weaknesses of those impacted by war. The author makes the brutality of war and how it affects soldiers and their love ones. Her descriptions of England and France makes the countries come alive. Young builds the plot around two couples who must overcome great psychological obstacles to rekindle their love. The personal issues of the characters can be translated to war. Wounded warriors today suffer the same atrocities and insecurities as World War I soldiers and their loved ones. Young plot shows how even the greatest hurdles can be overcome.
  • Marige
This book should be required reading for anyone who has a hand in decision making about going to war. If I was wealthy, I would buy 535 copies and send one to each of our Senators and Representatives. The book deals with ordinary and extraordinary people coping with World War I - soldiers, nurses, those left behind to cope with the changes caused by the war. This is historical fiction based on fact, but the true reality is that we have many, many military families dealing with these same issues today.
  • Cordaron
But I bought this book on recommendation and then was annoyed that it was set around World War 1. However - I am shaking my head - this is one of those rare books, that brings everything a good book should be, together in one place. It had sadness and happiness, incredible ugliness and beauty and tension - sometimes all in the same paragraph. My feelings were rung out, joy'ed out and thoroughly brought alive. Whew! What a great book! I might add that this is the first time I have bothered to do a review and it was because I saw that someone had given this book a lousy 3 stars! Did they read the same book?