SAVE MY PLACE by Olivia deBelle Byrd
Mercer University Press (September 10, 2014) Historical Romance
Olivia deBelle Byrd takes the reader on an emotional ride with the ever hopeful heroine, Elisabeth Belle Sterling, a Southern woman through and through. The book is based on the real life events of a friend of the author and told from Elisabeth’s point of view. The book starts with Elisabeth’s proclamation that she will be a spinster. She’s only twenty-two, but she’s determined to stay a spinster after her college boyfriend dumps her right after graduation. She believes nothing can sway her, that is, until she meets Kincaid Patterson on a blind date.
Kincaid is a West Point graduate with a dark past, but he’s attentive towards Elisabeth and she soon discovers love can be hers again. When they married half-way through the book, I wondered what conflicts the couple would have to face and then the news came that Kincaid was being sent to Vietnam.
This seems like enough of a conflict—Elisabeth is naturally lonely and misses him like crazy. And then the author layers in some great news (I don’t want to spoil the plot) only to lead into the most difficult tragedy Elisabeth will have to face. Save My Place is a story of faith, hope, and unconditional love. The narrator’s voice is compelling and leads the reader through a maze of highs and lows in a manner that had me feeling what she felt—laughter, relief, frustration, anger, love and loss.
Review provided by Jackie McMurray for her column Jackie’s Jargon in the November 2015 edition of The Book Breeze.