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I'll Be Home for Christmas

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I'll Be Home for Christmas by Julie Cannon

Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff

"If ever there were a story written like one of the old, classical movies that are so well-loved, this is it."

Christmas is a season for joy, a season for all humankind to stop and reflect and enjoy the love of friends and family. Back in the time of World War II, though, Christmas was a time of turmoil for many families with loved ones serving overseas. Many families had lost loved ones to the war effort. I’ll Be Home for Christmas, by Julie L. Cannon, captures the essence of that time well.

The war is in full swing, and many of Watkinsville, Georgia’s young men have gone off to fight, leaving citizens at home to carry the load. Maggie and William do all they can to support the soldiers overseas and do their part here at home, but they both long to do more. Due to a bout with polio as a child, William can’t serve in the armed forces. As their friendship seems to blossom into something more, Maggie’s mother dies, and Maggie is left feeling even more confused, angry, and afraid. Wanting to serve her country, but also wanting to get away, she joins the U.S. Navy WAVES. As she heads off on the adventure of a lifetime, she leaves behind William…and she carries with her the burden of anger over her mother’s death.

The story continues to follow Maggie through her experience as a Navy WAVE; it also follows William’s experience as he waits for Maggie to return, never giving up on the love that he has for her. Will she be able to find healing in her relationship with the Lord? Will she ever be able to let go of her anger and let love in? Only time will tell.

If ever there were a story written like one of the old, classical movies that are so well-loved, this is it. As I read this story, I could so easily imagine some of my favorite actors playing the part of the characters within this story. It’s a story of small town America with characters whose emotions, thoughts, and actions much mimic the actions of everyday human beings. The author did a wonderful job with descriptive detail and the ability to make the story entertaining, as well as emotional.

Melissa Lockcuff: Mel is a homeschooling mom who never tires of reading with her two adventurous little boys. After working as a nurse and a teacher, she realized where her personal priorities truly lay, and she made the decision to stay home with her boys. Mel has since found a true passion for writing. Right now, she writes articles and short pieces, and she is also learning how to write literature for children. She loves all things blogging, and her personal blog, Real Heart Prints, has topics like motherhood; homeschooling; recipes; devotionals; crafting; reviews on books, movies, and other products; giveaways; and all things home and garden; etc. She currently writes reviews with the TOS Crew, and she has also partnered with a friend and fellow writer to form MamaBuzz, where she enjoys writing reviews for children's products and ministering/writing to women through that venue. She has started work on her first book, which she hopes to finish within the next few months.