“Memorial Meeting” by Aline de Chevigny
Eugenie, aka Genie, is thrilled to be
going to a WWI veterans’ meeting in her grandfather’s place,
to meet the nurse he once loved and lost. When she arrives
at the hotel, however, she discovers that like her
grandfather, the nurse has also passed away, sending her
grandson William in her place. There is an instant
attraction between Genie and William. Will the
grandchildren find the love their grandparents were denied?
“Memorial Meeting” is a sweet, cute
tale of old loves lost and found, as well as new ones.
Genie and William were likeable characters, and I really
liked learning about their grandparents’ wartime romance.
“Flyover” by Jefferson Dane
After a horrific experience in
Afghanistan, Sergeant Kyle Kleinmann is in the hospital to
recover both physically and mentally. With the help of a
psychiatrist and his kind nurse, he tries to explain the
events that led to his hospitalization.
“Flyover” is a complex and ultimately
rather strange tale. What begins as a seemingly normal (if
sad) case of PTSD soon reveals itself to be the reaction to
a bizarre paranormal event. If you’re reading this story
for romance, you’ll be disappointed—the romance doesn’t come
into play all that much—but if you’re interested in reading
an unusual tale that involves the paranormal as well as a
soldier working through personal issues and coming out
better for it, you’ll enjoy “Flyover.”
“Thanet Blake’s Memorial Day” by Wayne
On Memorial Day, private detective
Thanet Blake accompanies his mother to several graveyards in
order to honor family and friends. At one graveyard,
however, he is hired by a most unusual client…
“Thanet Blake’s Memorial Day” seems to
be one of those stories that would make a lot more sense if
the reader has already read previous books. I liked
Thanet’s sarcasm, skepticism, and willingness to help those
who needed it. The main storyline of helping a ghost’s
widow was interesting as well. I didn’t like the constant
references to things that must have happened in previous
stories, or the characters that were never fully explained.
“Thanet Blake’s Memorial Day” also featured an ending,
which, in my mind, was kind of a downer.
“For the Boys” by J.M. Snyder
Carl Prosser isn’t too happy when his
friend cons him into going with him to try to meet a girl
from the USO. He’s afraid they’ll get caught, and besides,
he’s more interested in a certain boy from the chorus line.
Then he actually gets to meet the guy, Tommy, and
everything’s perfect. With the Korean War on, is there any
way for their relationship to survive?
“For the Boys” was my favorite story in
the anthology. I loved shy, earnest Carl and sweet, happy
Tommy. Carl’s first-person narration drew me into the
story, and I felt every emotion with him. Watching them
come together was wonderful, and wondering if they were
going to be able to stay together was nerve-wracking. “For
the Boys” was an emotional roller coaster, but in a good
way. Anyone who likes deep, emotional love stories should
check this one out.
I have to say I was a bit disappointed
with Some Gave All. I was hoping for some
serious wartime love / drama, and while a couple of the
stories delivered, the others did not have much (if any)
romance. Still, “Memorial Meeting” was a fun read, and in
my opinion “For the Boys” was good enough to justify the
purchase of Some Gave All on its own.