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Until We Meet | Camille Di Maio | Book Review

Until We Meet is a new historical fiction set during World War II. It follows two groups of friends as they try and survive the war. The first is best friends Gladys, Dottie, and Margaret – three women working in the Navy Yard and knitting socks for the soldiers in their spare time. The second is a group of soldiers John, Tom, and William – they meeting during training and become fast friends. The stories of these characters are very much intertwined and beautifully written.

The first connection between the characters is that John is Margaret’s brother and Dottie’s fiancé. Both women are worried for John; and when Dottie finds herself pregnant she leans closely on her friends. The second connection comes from the letters that are shared between the soldiers and the women. In particular, the dynamic that forms between Margaret and Tom. They find themselves deeply caring for this person they have never met. The friendship between these individuals is what really pushes the story and allows the war to be viewed through a lens of friendship and survival.

I fell hard for all of these characters. They are each beautifully written and have their own role in the story. I love character driven stories and that is exactly what this is. It is also visually stunning. When I was reading, I felt like I was seeing everything in the moment. From the Navy Yard to the battlegrounds, I felt like I was really there.

Until We Meet does a wonderful job of providing the right amount of historical detail. Everything flows together and the characters stick together through it all. It had its moments of joy and moments of tragedy. It also has interesting characters; and beautifully written scenes from the Navy Yard and the battle field. The battlefield scenes can be a little graphic but also really put the reader there. This historical fiction is definitely one to pick up if you enjoy realistic and character driven stories.

Rating: 4 Stars

**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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