I received this book from the author via Bostick Communications for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Blessed with an innate optimism and a magical childhood, Elisabeth Belle Sterling discovers that the path to happily-ever-after love is not as easily obtained as she had always imagined. The Camelot-like love she longs for seems like only a dream until she meets the handsome Kincaid Patterson, a West Point graduate who carries a dark secret from his past. Theirs is a passionate and unconditional love that has to confront a painful past, heart-searing separation, and the greatest of all tragedies. But the biggest obstacle is the loss of faith that threatens to undermine all that they have. Set in the South during the 1960s and 70s against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Save My Place is a beautifully written love story of two people who search deep within their souls to save each other.; This book also available in e-book format through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.
Olivia deBelle Byrd is a new author to me, but I could tell from the very first page that she has an extraordinary gift of writing! Her writing style is one of a kind and will draw you in in an enchanting way, and refuse to let your attention go. Her character development is equally impressive as I have never seen characters come alive quite like hers do and the scenes are vivid in colors and activities. The story also has a real-life fairy tale feeling to it so its sweet and engaging.
Issues I had-*POSSIBLE SPOILERS*However, she talked a little too openly about sex during the main character’s college life. Though the main character is not a Christian, or religious of any kind, she does decide at a young age to remain a virgin until marriage (purely for the challenge as she says when conversing with a boyfriend) and successfully does so. However, its clear that sex outside of marriage is not considered wrong in this story to any of the characters whatsoever, and when the main character does get married, they talk about it a little too much for my comfort. There are no actual scenes, but sex talk is very open to the point that I was skipping quite a few paragraphs at a time and then eventually just put the book down. There are also a few choice words used as well.
So, even though I hold Olivia deBelle Byrd in high esteem as a wonderful, gifted, author; I can’t say that I can help advertise this book in particular, as it goes against my morals. Having said that, I rate Save My Place 2 out of 5 stars and will be very hesitant when offered another one of this author’s books.