Forever Yours is an engrossing and sweeping saga of a novel about love, war and bittersweet reunions. Europe is torn apart by World War II and a feisty and beautiful heroine, Liz, answers the call to battle as a pilot in the Royal Air Force. Philip, her childhood friend and superior in the air force, is in a position of authority to stop her, but Liz is determined. Before she leaves on a dangerous reconnaissance mission, the two share a passionate night and Philip proposes, giving her his grandmother's ring. Liz's plane goes down during her mission in enemy territory while Philip is sent to train with an elite team of paratroopers. The two discover other loves during their time apart, each thinking the other is lost forever. Will these two star-crossed lovers find each other or will a war that has destroyed so much destroy the greatest love each has ever known? Smith's characters come to life and this perfectly constructed novel captures the mood of war-torn Europe.
I love the character of Elizabeth who is a very strong and resilient woman. It was refreshing to see a woman play such an important role in the War as usually only the men are highlighted. She was very brave and loved to fly.
Her love, Philip MacLeod, is also a pilot in England's Royal Air Force during World War II. He proves to have outstanding leadership skills and is well liked and respected by his superiors and peers and is given promotions. He is shocked when he discovers that his childhood friend has joined the Air Force as a pilot.
Philip and Liz have always had feelings for each other but had not acted upon them before now. They are brought together and then torn apart but even after years of separation, there love and bond still remains strong and they are able to find their way back to each other.
Forever Yours is a truly touching, romantic novel who discover love for each other and their country. They suffer through much loss but their devotion to each other and their missions is commendable.
I really enjoyed the book apart from the editing. There were some mistakes and enough of them that I found it distracting sometimes and found that it took away from the enjoyment of the novel.
All in all, a very good debut novel and I look forward to reading more from Ms Smith.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Please feel free to check out the interview I did with Ms. Smith which can be found under http://bookgoddessno1.blogspot.com/2010/02/jackie-m-smith-interview.html