Date Published: October 3, 2017
Publisher: Belle Reve Press
Dennis and Greer is a nonfiction love story in letters and journals between 2 college students during the Vietnam era. (This is nonfiction that reads like fiction)
A true story that encapsulates the horrors of war and the innocence of young love.
Buried in a trunk for fifty years, this long-forgotten tale, told through letters and journals from the war-torn Vietnam era, has been resurrected.
College students, Dennis and Greer, met and felt a spark just before moving to different states. Their witty correspondence through letters conjured a desire to meet again, but Dennis tried to keep his distance; duty is more important than love.
As the two embarked on their journey into adulthood and navigated their relationship against the backdrop of war, they were writing a love story that will span the test of time.
My Musings :
Heart touching - heart rending is how I would describe Dennis and Greer's story.
That said I would like to say that I found the starting a bit hard. It took a while for me to get into their story inspite of being eager for the love story. That is because of the language. The language is formal and poetic at times and it takes time to read. So this is a very slow read. This doesn't mean that I didn't enjoy it. I did.. It was hard not to. But it detracted sometimes with the lengthy letters and so I am guilty of just perusing them in certain parts.
But the slow reading has a good side to it too. It helps in assimilating the emotions of Dennis and Greer. The story in the form of letters is very suited for the purpose. I loved reading into the minds and hearts of Dennis and Greer. It was fun looking into their lives and sad at the distance between them physically.
The romance plays out in slow motion and it adds to the enjoyment. Dennis and Greer grow through their letters from friends to mates to husband and wife. The feeling of poignancy and sadness permeates the book from the beginning because I knew the ending or part of it from the beginning. And this is what kept me on tenterhooks, getting to know how that state comes about. I loved reading the historical aspects of the story. It is another attraction of the tale.
The addition of Greer's life after Dennis' death and their pictures at the end of the book have kept me thinking of it even after finishing the book. There are few books which evoke such strong feelings and emotions. And I will treasure their story in the years to come.
I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.
My one line review : A heart touching real romance
My rating : 4/5
M reread factor : 3/5
About the Author
ASU graduate, Molly Gould, lived in the wilderness for 28 days when she was 16 years old (she’s your go-to-girl in the zombie apocalypse). She now confines herself indoors with the AC full-blast in her sunny sate of AZ. Occasionally, she’ll brave the scorching heat with her husband and four children.
When Molly inherited a treasure of vintage journals and letters, she was swept away by the love story contained within those writings. She couldn’t keep Dennis and Greer to herself, so she began transcribing and Dennis and Greer was born.