Matthew 14:6

And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:6 KJV

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Rose of Anzio - Jalousie

Today I am featuring Book 2 in the Rose of Anzio series 
by Alexa Kang 

About Rose of Anzio – Jalousie:

“When I think of boarding the ship to head to where he is, when I think of seeing him again, my heart flares. I feel like I can soar high into the sky.”

The second book of the Rose of Anzio series, this sequel to Moonlight tells a tale of love that transcends the tide of war.

Now a second lieutenant with the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division, Anthony Ardley is deployed to Southern Italy, where he must try to lead and gain his troop’s trust. Eager to prove his worth, he dives into battle, only to find nothing is as meets the eye. Who are his friends and foes? Will he win the fight against the enemies without, only to lose the battle against the doubts within?

Determined to follow Anthony to war, Tessa Graham secretly enrolls in a training program for military nurses to be deployed overseas. Here, she meets a veteran suffering from severe battle fatigue that is destroying his mind. She may be his last hope for help. Meanwhile, her petitions to be assigned to Anthony’s division are ignored. Her chance of joining him diminishes with every turn. All hope is gone.

Will the two young lovers find their ways to surmount their separation and the atrocities of war ahead?

Don’t miss this story if you enjoy reading WWII historical fiction, moving romance tales, or slice of life stories during the WW2 era.

From Part I, Chapter 2

     In the dark, she heard a light knock on the door. She knew it was Anthony, but she could not bring herself to answer it. He opened the door and peeked in, then closed the door behind him and came to sit with her on the bed. She pulled her knees up and wiped her tears away with the back of her hand.
     "I never meant to hurt you." He put his arm around her.
     "It's not your fault," she said. "You're being drafted. You don't have a choice."
     "That's not entirely true. This would have happened even if I hadn't gotten that draft letter."
     "What do you mean?"
     "I don't want to lie to you. Before I left school for the holidays, I had already decided I would enlist. I just wanted to come home and let you know how I feel about you before I leave."
     She couldn't believe what she was hearing. "You planned on leaving?"
     "I can't stay. I can't watch everyone else go to war and stay behind. People won't forgive me. I won't forgive myself."
     She didn't know what to think. He had planned on leaving her. He could leave her behind. She pulled herself away from him.
     "I'm sorry. I swear I didn't know it would hurt so much. I…I didn't even think you would like me back."
     She slumped against the headboard. He didn't think she would like him back? What did he think would happen the way he had led her on?
     "I didn't want to leave without letting you know how I feel. If I didn't tell you, I would regret it. But now, I regret telling you. If I had known this would hurt you so much, I would've kept it all to myself. I'm an idiot."
     Her heart softened. She took his hand and kissed it.  "Don't say that."
     He drew her closer again. "For whatever it's worth, when I found out you felt the same way about me, it was the happiest I had ever been in my whole life. I'm so sorry I hurt you. It hurts me too, but I don't regret hurting myself. I would take all the hurt and more if that's what it takes to have what we have together."
     She held his hand up against her face. No. She wouldn't trade what they had for anything either.
     "I kept asking myself, would it have been better if we never got started so you wouldn't be so hurt?"
     She shook her head. "Would you have stayed if you weren't drafted and I asked you to stay?"
     "No." His answer surprised her. "If I stay, we may be happy for the time being, but after a while, we won't be. Almost everyone I know who's qualified to serve is gone. If I stay behind for selfish reasons, I wouldn't be worthy of you. You wouldn't want to be with someone who stayed home like a coward. You want to help. That's why you became a cadet nurse. How could you work day and night to help everyone who had gone to war, and then come home to a boyfriend who wouldn't share the burden?"
     She held him tighter and buried her face against his chest. She didn't want to hear all this, but he was right.
     "If I stayed, you would eventually think less of me, and I would resent myself too. Isn't that true?"
She couldn't answer. There were no answers to anything. All she could hear was his heartbeat.
     "I'll write to you. I promise. I'll try to write to you every day." He kissed her on the head. "And you'll write me too?"
     She nodded. He squeezed her shoulder and gave her a soft kiss on the lips, then started to get up to leave.
     "Don't go." She pulled him back.
     He stopped.
     "Stay with me for a while. Stay with me till I fall asleep."
     He sat back down next to her while she snuggled up against him. She felt so tired. Everything about the war had tired her out. The warmth of his body comforted her. Her eyes felt heavy and her mind dulled. In his arms, she found the calm she needed to get through the night.

My Book Review:
As much as I enjoyed Rose of Anzio-Moonlight, I truly loved this book. The author’s writing style is engaging. She writes some of the most romantic love scenes I have read. I don’t mean scenes involving sex, but scenes of two people in love expressing their deepest emotions in words and actions towards each other. I could sense the depth of love between Anthony and Tessa throughout the book.

I particularly enjoyed the side story of Tessa connecting with a returned soldier suffering from what was then called shell shock. Today we know it as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Considered the “Ice Queen” by many of the wounded soldiers in the state-side hospital where she trained, she was the only one who reached out to the captain who was a total emotional wreck at the time he arrived. Like many in that era, the prevailing attitude was that the man ought to stop being a coward, pull himself together and go forward. Tessa, the nurse cadet,  was able to reach out to this man. She spent her own time researching the condition and even reached out to her mother who lived in England where there had been more work done to identify the disorder and methods of treatment.
33rd Field Hospital near Anzio, Italy
I enjoyed the scenes where Tessa, determined to be assigned to a medical unit near where Anthony was stationed, worked towards that goal. Meanwhile, the book also followed Anthony through his basic training and deployment to Anzio, Italy. It was in Italy Anthony ran into Jesse, a con-artist and conniver I first met in a short story that was part of the anthology, Pearl Harbor and More-Stories of WWII: December 1941. His role in the story livened things up. I suspect I will read about him more in future books in this series.

It was obvious the author did her research on the different elements of her plot and setting. I recommend this book to those who not only enjoy a good wartime romance, but to those who enjoy the historical aspect of World War II.

You may purchase Rose of Anzio - Jalousie 
on Amazon by CLICKING HERE. 

About the Author:

Alexa Kang’s debut series, Rose of Anzio, was first released on Amazon on January 22, 2016. Alexa grew up in New York City, and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She has traveled to more than 123 cities, and she loves to explore new places and different cultures. This September, she took a special WWII tour of Southern Italy to visit historical sites of the Allies’ Italian campaign (including the sites where scenes from Rose of Anzio occurred). You can view the albums of her tour on her Facebook Author Page.

When not at work, Alexa lives a second life as a novelist. Alexa loves writing larger-than-life romantic tales and hopes to bring you many more. 

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