Lovely War

Lovely War by Julie Berry

5 out of 5 Magical Coffee Cups

From goodreads:

It’s 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She’s a shy and talented pianist; he’s a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it’s immediate and deep–and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who’s played Carnegie Hall, he’s a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that’s before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who’s already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers’ fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.

My review:

Romance is not my favorite genre. It’s not in my top 5 favorite genres. If I had to list the type of books I like, I probably would even mention romance. So why did I read this book? I kept hearing about how great it was! After a while, I couldn’t let it go. I had to give this book a chance.

This book had so much going on! Yes, it is about love, but it had so much more! There were love stories (multiple), history, war, travel, music, Greek gods! The emotional journey…intense! Oh, there were tears! This is one of those books where you have to sit and think about what you have experienced after reading. You can’t just finish this book and go on with your life.

I would read more romance if they were like this one. Do you have any recommendations for me?

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