Series: Blackbird Series #.5
Published by City Owl Press on August 8th 2017
Genres: Historical, Paranormal
FINAL DECISION: Sweet and sad and ultimately bringing a happy ending. This is a small town, Vietnam era historical with a touch of magic. I thought it was well done and apart from any series, this is a sweet read.
THE STORY: Evelyn Cadeau is being set up by her family matchmaker with Rex Somersby. Evelyn has no interest in her match and already has someone picked out for herself — against her family’s wishes. Their arranged date, however, goes differently than Evelyn expected and moves her in a different direction. Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War this novel has magic and young adult love and small town romance along with historical drama.
OPINION: Oh, how incredibly sweet and sad (but ultimately happy) this story is. I loved Rex from the moment he appeared in the story. Young and unsure and such a sweet gentleman. Evelyn is determined to not like him from the start, but Rex wins her over. He is a young man who is taken with Evelyn from the moment he sees her and the story goes in a different way than Evelyn expects when they go on their date.
Evelyn is stubborn and her youth shows in her determination that she is right. I was the most frustrated with her in the beginning, but she comes to her senses eventually (smile). I also really liked how the magic in the story was quietly woven into the story.
Their story felt sweet and organic and I enjoyed it very much. The story does take a serious turn and uses the sweetness in the beginning of the story to good effect. Although there is some magic involved in this story, it still says a lot about the era. The painful middle of the story pays off in a wonderful way by the end.
WORTH MENTIONING: The Blackbird series takes place among people who are Gifted. Evelyn, for example, brings life and vitality and Rex never forgets what he sees.
CONNECTED BOOKS: FORGET ME NOT is a prequel novella to BLACKBIRD SUMMER. It is about the grandmother of the heroine in BLACKBIRD SUMMER.
STAR RATING: I give this book 4 stars.
NOTE: I received an ARC of this book via the author in order to provide a review. I was not required to write a review or write a positive review. All opinions contained herein are my own.