Title: Love Between Peace and War
Author: K-lee Klein
Genre: Nostalgic Contemporary (1960s/1970s-Era)
Length: Novella (105 Pages)
Publisher: Amber Quill Press, LLC (March 29, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Philip Dunlop grew up in a traditional family with a strict former-military father and a full-time homemaker mother. Now he’s graduated from the Air Force Academy with a promising military career ahead of him.
Dusty Baxter’s upbringing was far more unconventional, with a free-spirited single mother who encouraged Dusty to follow his heart and forge his own path in life. So he does, wearing his hair long, writing songs of peace, and going with the flow in a world at odds with itself.
In spite of their different backgrounds, Phillip and Dusty formed a firm bond of friendship as kids, a friendship that inevitably grew into love as they, and their relationship, matured. Now, Phillip’s family wants him to focus on his military career and settle down with a nice girl. They’ve known Dusty forever, but he’s still the very definition of everything they think is wrong with the turbulent world of 1970.
As Phillip’s friend, Dusty’s politely tolerated. But if the truth of Dusty and Phillip’s relationship comes to light, the revelation just might be the wedge that tears apart not only Phillip’s family, but Phillip and Dusty as well.
In a time of war-mongering and peace signs, can best friends find enough common ground to save their love and move forward together into the future?
Product Link: http://www.amberquill.com/store/p/2156-Love-Between-Peace-War.aspx
Review: I chose this book because the author was recommended by some friends. I wasn’t sure what to think at first. The title came off as historical so I was apprehensive at first. Then the cover made me think of a hippy in the sixty’s so I was kind of figuring that it would be bizarre. Then I made the mistake of looking at the reviews and it said something about young age. So I was not sure I even wanted to look at the book. I have to tell you, not to judge a book by its cover is pretty much right on.
Phillip and Dusty met as young boys and formed a friendship that would see them through trouble times. However they were definitely different from each other. Phillip went in to the military and Dusty was doing the peace thing. They found love in each other, but Phillips family was pushing him to do the straight thing. When the truth comes out it could go either way, but could tear them apart. These two have been through a strong friendship and a love that has grown.
I loved the story although it was definitely not for me. It shows how strong friendship can be to survive a time where love between two men could get them killed, not to mention the military would have kicked his ass out. Phillip is the type to overlook someone’s appearance and attitude for the good in them. Whereas Dusty looks like a hippy and people looked down on him. I think that the fact that Phillip saw what was inside of him and loved him no matter what was great.
It came off perfect, even though it could have been a bit dark. I would recommend it and look forward to more by this amazing author. I did have fun with it.
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