Wait for Me

Wait for Me

The perfect blend of sweet romance and historical flavor, Wait for Me, from debut author Caroline Leech, brings a fresh new voice to a much-loved genre.It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is...

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Title:Wait for Me
Author:Caroline Leech
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ISBN:0062459880
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages

Wait for Me Reviews

  • Melissa
    Dec 02, 2015

    A gripping, romantic tale set in 1945 Scotland, Leech's well-researched historical YA novel explores a forbidden love affair between Lorna Anderson, a plucky 17-year-old farm girl, and Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war. Written in lyrical, fluid prose, Leech captures the time period in amazing detail, with sharp dialogue, clever characterization, and delicious, slow-burning romance. Highly and enthusiastically recommended.

  • Sara
    Oct 08, 2016

    What a lovely book! Set in Scotland during the last months of WWII in Europe, the story of Lorna and her German love was refreshing; at times funny; at times so moving, I wanted to underline every sentence. Moments of fear and despair and anger are woven together with moments of pure delight and the deep feelings of first love. Wonderful.

  • Gwen Cole
    Dec 31, 2015

    This book was a delight to read. It was so cool reading from a different perspective during the war, and learning what it was like in a place like Scotland. That combined with a beautiful slow burn romance that will have you earning for more, it makes for a great read. <3

  • Amanda Searcy
    Jan 17, 2016

    I absolutely adored this book! I fell so in love with the characters that I wanted to keep reading forever to see what happens to them. The setting is incredibly vivid, and the author's note at the end shows how much time, attention, and love went into the details. Read this book if you want to be swept away.

  • Emily Murphy
    Feb 13, 2016

    This book is so winsome and charming. The historical grounding of place and time is so immersive and well-done, and while the tone is delightfully classic, the setting of a Scottish farm also makes it feel fresh. I loved how Leech allowed her characters to explore the full implications of becoming friends--and even falling in love--with someone on the other side of a war. She allows Lorna, Paul, and the people around them to struggle as they pick through the tangled roots of war and enemy, and e

    This book is so winsome and charming. The historical grounding of place and time is so immersive and well-done, and while the tone is delightfully classic, the setting of a Scottish farm also makes it feel fresh. I loved how Leech allowed her characters to explore the full implications of becoming friends--and even falling in love--with someone on the other side of a war. She allows Lorna, Paul, and the people around them to struggle as they pick through the tangled roots of war and enemy, and explore where the line between belonging to one's country and being an individual is drawn.

    For fans of slow burning romances that steadily gather heat, female friendships that can overcome the flaws of the people in them, and carefully researched historicals that can include all the ugliness of war and still shine bright with rays of hope and dignity.

  • Nikolae Keaveney
    Jun 27, 2016

    2.75

    Wait For Me is the WWII fiction that never delivered what I was expecting. For so many ways, it led me down terribly. But other than that, it was still an enjoyable read.

    I will first start by saying that while this book is set in WWII, in one of humanity's grimmest and most anxious times, it didn't feel like that AT ALL. In fact, it felt like a chick-lit fiction with people bustling about and giggling.

    Atmosphere is one of the most, if not the most, important aspect of a book. It sets the ton

    2.75

    Wait For Me is the WWII fiction that never delivered what I was expecting. For so many ways, it led me down terribly. But other than that, it was still an enjoyable read.

    I will first start by saying that while this book is set in WWII, in one of humanity's grimmest and most anxious times, it didn't feel like that AT ALL. In fact, it felt like a chick-lit fiction with people bustling about and giggling.

    Atmosphere is one of the most, if not the most, important aspect of a book. It sets the tone and the base on how the story will progress. This book's atmosphere is all very wrong. I have read a fair share of WWII fiction before, and none of them had an aura like this one. It felt off and wrong.

    Second, the characters are all so very annoying, ill-tempered, and selfish. The only character that I liked was Paul Vogel, our very own German Soldier. But even he had some aspects that I didn't enjoy. I hated the female friendships in this book. They were all so fake and based on conditions. Real friendships are not like those at all. Iris and Nellie, both of them are Lorna's best friends, yet they let her down all the time, for stupid boys!

    Iris is incredibly stupid, self-centred, and selfish. Same as Nellie. Ugh, I just hate those fake friendships so much.

    Lorna, our very own protagonist, has some serious issues she needs to sort out. She needs to learn that it is NOT OKAY to just blow your top over and scream at people whenever you are angry! You need to learn to think things through and not be so impulsive.

    Paul, on the other hand, is a rip-off of Jem Carstairs. But nowhere as close as matching Jem's personality. Paul is quiet, polite, and soft. But unlike Jem, he is almost like a piece of dry bread. The loads of German Stereotypes that Leech dumped on him didn't do him any good either. Seriously, the amount of stereotypes that applied to Paul made me roll my eyes every time.

    He is a hard worker, A WATCH MAKER, likes beer and sausages, tall and blonde, not emotional, cold and detached??

    I'm sure that there are some Germans who are like that, but Leech made a huge mistake in dumping all the possible German Stereotypes on him. Fail.

    In this book, almost 400 pages, nothing ever happens. I don't even know where the climax is. There is no tension and no stress anywhere. I couldn't bring myself to care about what is going to happen.

    But despite all the flaws, I had a good time reading the book. Now, I know I always make the flaws seem more heavy than they actually are. So believe me when I say I did enjoy reading the book and did like it.

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    I'm going to talk about the thing that I didn't like the most about this book--the ending. The ending is sweet, too sweet. I was HOPING that someone would die, but nobody did. The death of Gregor had no importance because we never met him. A novel about war with no death?! Sorry, but that was just not realistic.

    The reason I don't like the ending is that it was no ending. Nothing was resolved. We didn't get to see what happens between Iris and William. Even though she promised that she would marry him....someday?? What? We need an actually confirmation. What is going to happen when John Jo comes back? Is he going to make up with Paul? Also, what is going to happen to Lorna and Paul? Is he going to go back to Germany, bringing Lorna with him? Or are they going to stay and make a living in Scotland? This book almost read like it had a sequel. Because the ending was just so unsatisfying that I want to tear all my hair out. I read through so many pages and still nothing is resolved?

    I saw this on EPIC READS today and holy, I'm so excited my voice is squeaking.

    Let me explain why this book suddenly became my most anticipated winter release.

    WWII + Scottland + Soldier Romance + Survival

    Can there be a more perfect combination??????

  • Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
    Jan 23, 2017

    Review

    I am a huge fan of World War II books so I was excited to see a new YA based one coming out.

    Lorna lives on a farm in Scotland in 1945 with her father and a farm helper Nellie while her two brothers are fighting in the war. She goes to school and helps out with chores. When Paul, a German prisoner of war, is assigned to work at the family farm Lorna finds it hard to accept his presence. As time goes on and she learns more about Paul though she finds it hard to stay away. If she doesn't th

    Review

    I am a huge fan of World War II books so I was excited to see a new YA based one coming out.

    Lorna lives on a farm in Scotland in 1945 with her father and a farm helper Nellie while her two brothers are fighting in the war. She goes to school and helps out with chores. When Paul, a German prisoner of war, is assigned to work at the family farm Lorna finds it hard to accept his presence. As time goes on and she learns more about Paul though she finds it hard to stay away. If she doesn't though she could lose so much.

    I literally sat down with this book and finished it in a day. I was so engrossed in the story and the characters I couldn't put it down. I loved Lorna so much. She definitely had some spunk to her. Paul was a German soldier so it was hard to be sympathetic to him but I think the author did try and make it so he was more than that and explain some things on his end. Together they were very sweet and I liked their romance.

    There were a lot of great secondary characters which included her father as well as Nellie and their housekeeper. They were such a great house full of people that were all s supportive of each other. Her best friend Iris was a harder nut to crack. I wasn't sure how I felt about her and their friendship. Somehow though that made me feel it be more real.

    I do wish there was more explored with the Scotland setting. Also, as much as I loved it, I feel it could have all been explored a bit more f that makes sense. Still, I thought it was a great story to get lost in for a day. I would recommend if you like WWII stories with a strong romantic take.

  • Candace Robinson
    Oct 06, 2016

    Loved this book! I only read contemporary some of the time, but I was intrigued because of the era it was set in. The characters all had their flaws and their uniqueness, and Paul after everything he has been through is such a sweetheart. These people were just so brave to live during this time while everyone today is just worried about a "selfie" and I loved the history and everything else within these pages. Full review on my blog

  • Sarah
    Oct 16, 2016

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA historical romance story, set during World War II.

    Lorna was an interesting character, and she clearly worked hard on her father’s farm and made sacrifices.

    The storyline in this was about a German prisoner of war (Paul) being sent to work on Lorna’s father’s farm, and Lorna slowly coming around to the idea after initially disliking it. We got a

    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

    This was a YA historical romance story, set during World War II.

    Lorna was an interesting character, and she clearly worked hard on her father’s farm and made sacrifices.

    The storyline in this was about a German prisoner of war (Paul) being sent to work on Lorna’s father’s farm, and Lorna slowly coming around to the idea after initially disliking it. We got a slow attraction forming between Lorna and Paul, but the pace was a bit too slow for me and there wasn’t a whole lot romance really, just a slow ‘I’m slowly getting to know you’ type of attraction instead. We did also get storylines involving Lorna’s brothers, her best friend, and the prejudice that Paul faced from the villagers, but the book didn’t hold my interest very well really.

    The ending to this was pretty happy, and I was satisfied with the way things turned out.

    6 out of 10

  • Aoi
    Feb 04, 2017

    Abandoning ship at 20%

    How, just how, does a novel set in WWII with a German soldier straight up ignores the bloody Holocaust and all the lives lost, and turns into this generic love story?!! War is a brutal, complicated and dreadful thing for all sides involved - but

    is a great disservice to all those who have fought and shed blood.