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True love never stops believing... When two young lovers part on the eve of war, they are forced to forge their lives without one another and form families that will carry on their legacy of finding true love. But many years later, they find themselves together again. Will the circle be unbroken? Find out in this sweeping family saga of love lost and found. "I have read True love never stops believing... When two young lovers part on the eve of war, they are forced to forge their lives without one another and form families that will carry on their legacy of finding true love. But many years later, they find themselves together again. Will the circle be unbroken? Find out in this sweeping family saga of love lost and found. "I have read a many a love story, but this is one that just makes you want to hug someone close and just hang on. Melissa must have a beautiful heart to be able to write something so beautiful. Love can heal if you give it half a chance." ★★★★★ from Lena Milleson "I fell in love with the book from the very first chapter and couldn't stop until the very last chapter. It's so amazingly written and you will feel the pain, grief, heartbreak, love and hope in every word." ★★★★★ from Evelyn Nathalia "We all need a story like this to read to remind us what love is really and how important it is." ★★★★★ from Sherry Westendorf "I loved this book. It was the ultimate romance book. You started pulling for these characters moments after learning their struggles and continued to hope everything would work out for them. Fairytale at its finest." ★★★★★ from Valerie Padrnos


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True love never stops believing... When two young lovers part on the eve of war, they are forced to forge their lives without one another and form families that will carry on their legacy of finding true love. But many years later, they find themselves together again. Will the circle be unbroken? Find out in this sweeping family saga of love lost and found. "I have read True love never stops believing... When two young lovers part on the eve of war, they are forced to forge their lives without one another and form families that will carry on their legacy of finding true love. But many years later, they find themselves together again. Will the circle be unbroken? Find out in this sweeping family saga of love lost and found. "I have read a many a love story, but this is one that just makes you want to hug someone close and just hang on. Melissa must have a beautiful heart to be able to write something so beautiful. Love can heal if you give it half a chance." ★★★★★ from Lena Milleson "I fell in love with the book from the very first chapter and couldn't stop until the very last chapter. It's so amazingly written and you will feel the pain, grief, heartbreak, love and hope in every word." ★★★★★ from Evelyn Nathalia "We all need a story like this to read to remind us what love is really and how important it is." ★★★★★ from Sherry Westendorf "I loved this book. It was the ultimate romance book. You started pulling for these characters moments after learning their struggles and continued to hope everything would work out for them. Fairytale at its finest." ★★★★★ from Valerie Padrnos

30 review for Love & War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Coco.V

    🎁 FREE on Amazon today (1/17/2019)! 🎁 True love never stops believing... When two young lovers part on the eve of war, they are forced to forge their lives without one another and form families that will carry on their legacy of finding true love. But many years later, they find themselves together again. Will the circle be unbroken? Find out in this sweeping family saga of love lost and found.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Somia

    Freebie on Amazon 2nd January 2020

  3. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Too many explicit descriptions for a supposedly Christian book. Too bad, it could have been a good romantic story if meeting again in later years. The storyline was confusing.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laurin

    A nice distraction Needed an uplifting story and the Kindle free section delivered. This was short and sweet and as a hopeless romantic my kind of story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Pearson

    Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review. This is not your ordinary, typical romance. However, it's written well enough that you'll be drawn into the lives of the various characters. Each segment focuses on a different snippet of the characters' lives and covers a span of about 50 years. What struck me about the author is how well she encapsulates the personalities and behavior of the time frame - in this case, the 1950's. When I Fall In Love, part 1, introduces Deborah and Jame Note: I was given a complimentary copy for an honest review. This is not your ordinary, typical romance. However, it's written well enough that you'll be drawn into the lives of the various characters. Each segment focuses on a different snippet of the characters' lives and covers a span of about 50 years. What struck me about the author is how well she encapsulates the personalities and behavior of the time frame - in this case, the 1950's. When I Fall In Love, part 1, introduces Deborah and James and gives the background to the entire set of stories as well as the foundation for their love - how they met and the near instant emotional attachment that they had. My Heart Belongs To Only You picks up several months later. Deborah is waiting for news of James. When that news is not the kind she wants to hear, she continues to wait another year. At that point, the reader is introduced to Rip Rockwell. Rip and Deborah soon find that they need each other. That with each other, they can overcome their past hurts and despair. This story is a bit steamier than the others, but still manages to remain (barely) PG. Look Homeward, Angel is a new story added to this collection. This story picks up shortly after the events in My Heart Belongs To Only You and continues the story of Deborah and Rip. It's a tender tale of two people completely devoted to each other. Deborah will do anything in her power to help Rip overcome his trauma that gives him nightmares. It's a picture of what love will do. I'll Never Stop Loving You takes the reader back to James and explains what happened to him. A major theme to this story is "hope." James never gives up hope no matter what happens. We also get to meet Gloria. Unbeknownst to her, she gives James hope during some very dark days that he endures. I love the story of how they meet and her willingness to believe James and his story of hope and love. All I Have To Do Is Dream is another new story to this collection. It picks up a few years later with James and Gloria. Again, the optimism that lives within James shines forth again. It's not a long story, but it helps fill in the gaps that aren't covered by the other stories. When I Fall In Love, Part 2, moves forward in time. It's now more or less modern day and Deborah's an old lady in her 80's. Rip has died and she's back in Texas living in a retirement village. I don't want to give it away, but let me give you a hint with the theme: love found again. Figured it out? Yep, James is her new neighbor. You Make Me Feel So Young wraps up the collection of stories and continues where Part 2 left off. I loved to read about the fact that even though they were old now, had lived most of their lives apart with children and grandchildren of their own, that spark that drew them together so many years before still burned bright. I liked how Deborah finally got her questions answered. Overall, there's a lot to take away from these stories. It's a glimpse into life as it was in the 1950's, it encourages us to remain hopeful when things look bleak, and it shows that when you love someone, you'll do whatever you can to help them heal from their past traumas. Finally, it shows that when love is real, it'll survive the test of time. Romance - for the most part, PG Language - PG My rating - 5 stars

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This collection started out strong. I really enjoyed the first story and the second one. The characters were likable, and I definitely wanted them to end up happy. I was a bit annoyed by how quickly everyone fell in love with each other, but I realize it was set in a different time period and it was reflective of that. Towards the end though, the story lost me and irritated me to the extent that I no longer enjoyed the beginning as much as I had. Spoilers Ahead: When James and Deborah coincidental This collection started out strong. I really enjoyed the first story and the second one. The characters were likable, and I definitely wanted them to end up happy. I was a bit annoyed by how quickly everyone fell in love with each other, but I realize it was set in a different time period and it was reflective of that. Towards the end though, the story lost me and irritated me to the extent that I no longer enjoyed the beginning as much as I had. Spoilers Ahead: When James and Deborah coincidentally end up in the same retirement community in their 80s and have both lost their spouses and suddenly start back up right where they left off all those years ago, it annoyed me to no end. The author tried to make it seem like it was okay and it was what the dead spouses would have wanted and it was so perfectly perfect. To me, it just ruined the story. It cheapened the romances the characters had with their first spouses and made it seem like they were destined to be together all along. If that was the case, why did they ever come to the realization when they were younger that they weren't meant for each other? It left me disappointed and with absolutely no desire to read what appears to be a massive amount of stories that will revolve around these characters and their families. I was given this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deborah Allison

    Pretty the much the worst book/story, juvenile story line I've encountered. It was a Kinndle free, and I should have The most juvenile story writing since 7th grade. Melissa you owe me for my time trying to decipher this shit storm of word salad. Going back to Dumas, i need to reread the first 180 pages of the goodness of humans. Pretty the much the worst book/story, juvenile story line I've encountered. It was a Kinndle free, and I should have The most juvenile story writing since 7th grade. Melissa you owe me for my time trying to decipher this shit storm of word salad. Going back to Dumas, i need to reread the first 180 pages of the goodness of humans.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I don’t know how this book got 4 stars. It was awful. Shallow and poorly written. I flipped thru the last half just so I could find out how the 2 meet up later in life and not waste any more of my time. Just really really bad.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carla

    Life goes on Not an exciting book. Things go as you expect. Good to read on a hot summer day when nothing else is happening.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Line

    Having read Deborah's granddaughter's (Mandy) story, and "meeting" Deborah and James, I was grilled for the opportunity to read their stories. In Mandy's story, I was introduced to Deborah and James and learned that they had met long ago. They lost touch when James went off to war and was missing, but found each other again when James moved to the retirement community where Deborah lived. Each had married others, had children & grandchildren, and lost their spouses. That was about all the story I Having read Deborah's granddaughter's (Mandy) story, and "meeting" Deborah and James, I was grilled for the opportunity to read their stories. In Mandy's story, I was introduced to Deborah and James and learned that they had met long ago. They lost touch when James went off to war and was missing, but found each other again when James moved to the retirement community where Deborah lived. Each had married others, had children & grandchildren, and lost their spouses. That was about all the story I got in Mandy's story and I wondered what had happened. Enter this book! It tells the story of James and Deborah meeting the night before James is deployed. James goes MIA and Deborah waits and hopes for a year before meeting Rip. That takes us to Deborah and Rip's story...how they met, fell in love, and ended up in Alaska. James finds a picture under the mattress of his cot on base and suspects that it belonged to someone who hadn't made it home. Gloria's brother hadn't made it home from the war. James believes the picture helped save him while he was held captive and, when he returns home, he sets out to find the woman in the picture. He still has feelings for Deborah but feels a need to find the woman and thank her. His story follows him on that search, leaving Texas for California where he spies her getting on a bus but loses her. And I won't say more about that because it gives some of the fun away.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dana Redding

    Love & War Deborah is nearly finished with high school and she meets James in uniform ready to be deployed. He is an airman and offers to buy her a milkshake. They seem to hit it off and he leaves after they talk and he gets a few kisses. Years later she hears he is missing in action. Rip moves in a few doors down he was injured and suffers from Shell shock. That’s what they called it before a new name was given. Deborah noticed his truck and a few boxes in the back, she waited till he was moved Love & War Deborah is nearly finished with high school and she meets James in uniform ready to be deployed. He is an airman and offers to buy her a milkshake. They seem to hit it off and he leaves after they talk and he gets a few kisses. Years later she hears he is missing in action. Rip moves in a few doors down he was injured and suffers from Shell shock. That’s what they called it before a new name was given. Deborah noticed his truck and a few boxes in the back, she waited till he was moved in and brought him a basket of muffins as a welcome to the area. They become friends and fall in love but she feels she is betrayed James. When she refuses to marry Rip he leaves, but Deborah has made up her mind to accept Rip and leave James in the past. Will she catch up and find Rip before it is to late? Ok my beef is it’s to modern for me, and I did feel as I was reading a YA story and not an adult book. The speech was as a high school person was telling the story. Not great word building due to how immature Deborah acts.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    I have read this series,one story at a time. It is such a wonderful story ...the characters are strong and heartwarming. I love that this story tells of the lives of the whole family tree,each one is a story in itself that combines to prove that no matter what happens when you fall in love,if it's true love,you can survive together,even if it's a hard road getting there. I was fortunate enough to get the stories,in exchange for an honest review,but even if I had to buy it, I would have because t I have read this series,one story at a time. It is such a wonderful story ...the characters are strong and heartwarming. I love that this story tells of the lives of the whole family tree,each one is a story in itself that combines to prove that no matter what happens when you fall in love,if it's true love,you can survive together,even if it's a hard road getting there. I was fortunate enough to get the stories,in exchange for an honest review,but even if I had to buy it, I would have because this is such a great story,highly recommend this to everyone!!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Margery Baker

    DELIGHTFUL! Although these five stories are short, they are delightful. Ms. Storm’s talent allowed her to paint pictures of her characters, get the point of the story across, and bring it to a delightful conclusion (that the reader wanted of course.) I hadn’t read anything by Ms. Storm before, but certainly will be reading more of her works. I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Christine G Bridger

    A Wonderful Good Feel Story I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a gentle meander through a lovely love story. A teenage love story of girl Deborah falling for boy who has just joined the army. Mourning him thinking he had not survived the war only to find true love with another army man. Enjoyed a lovely marriage until his wounds finally took him. Moving to an Retirement village she again meets the first love of her life.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol Van

    Captivating What a wonderful book. It was amazing to read about James and Deborah and their young love. Then the war came and they were pulled away from each other. Both found other mates, married and then their spouses died. The author did an excellent job of pulling right into the story. Then towards the end of their lives, James and Deborah were once again reunited.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Terry Miller

    This book made me smile and cry crocodile tears. This is a story of first love, love lost, love found, and final love. I was wrapped in the threads of the story from the beginning all the way to the end. Kudos, kudos, kudos! I’m in love with this author. I cannot wait for another one from Melissa Storm. She makes me believe in higher powers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    This book was not what I expected - it was so much more! Once I started reading, I found it hard to put down. I was hooked before the end of the first chapter. The characters were interesting and I love how the author told their stories. It’s the story of first love, true love, and unending love.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ronnie Fox

    A wonderful sad yet feel good story. A great clean book. The love between two teens from a chance one night date is interrupted for 50 years as war, a POW, and situations separated Debra and James... never fulfilling their dreams of being together. Both have great lives but often wondering about the other....

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I am not a fan of romantic novels. I thought this was going to be more of a historical novel but it is more romance. It was an OK escape reading during this pandemic but the characters were too perfect, they had no faults. I also am not sure that one person can fall in instant love not once but twice.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Geist

    Fantastic This was a very inspiring story.It was a very sad & tearful story, but at the same time how the couples lives turned out.It shows how everything happens for a reason.This was above a 5 star & would recommend it to anyone to read. Wonderful story!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vicki Pilant

    Love & War What a wonderful and heartwarming book this is. It's about love reconnecting after spanning many years. What a lovely and heartwarming story this is. Thanks to this Author for a job well done! Love & War What a wonderful and heartwarming book this is. It's about love reconnecting after spanning many years. What a lovely and heartwarming story this is. Thanks to this Author for a job well done!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mrs Regina Carr-Quinn

    Lovely Story I really loved this story. James and Deborahs lives were so full of happiness even though they didn't end up together till later. Lovely that they found each other again. Lovely Story I really loved this story. James and Deborahs lives were so full of happiness even though they didn't end up together till later. Lovely that they found each other again.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Louise Fletcher

    This book was OK A lovely idea for a book, but a real lack of research, character development and checking of details made it bland and predictable. Read the book using KindleUnlimited free trial and would have been disappointed if I had paid for the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sandi

    Quite delightful This is a really nice love story without all the sex and bad language in so many books. I loved the chart and the storyline was beautiful. I recommend this book of you like happy endings!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jean Hall

    I was surprised at this story, as I was expecting a sweet, clean book. It started out well, and I liked the characters but there were too many explicit descriptions for me to continue reading, despite wanting to know how things ended up.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nyla

    I’m confused by the author’s math. Deborah was 17 years old when she met James the first time. She was nearly 80 years old at the second meeting. Yet the author said more than once that the first time was 50 years ago. So that would make Deborah only 67.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary Hughes

    The romance continues onwards, both learning to support each other.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Laurie Enos

    This was a quick, easy read that was pleasant to read. If you want a light, sweet romance this book is for you!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Bradley

    Such a beautiful read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn Levia

    What a surprise. This is a pleasure to read. Past, present, and closing all are connected. A love I true it lasted longer than some marriages.

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