Sunday, 15 September 2013

Review and September Baking Challenge: The Vacant Chair by Kaylea Cross

Now that we've all had a chance to read September's book club/baking challenge book, I'd like to share my review with you.

I loved The Vacant Chair. The vivid scenes of war, written with heart-wrenching simplicity, are historically and emotionally accurate. Justin's struggle with his part in the war, the conflict between the cause he believes in and the questionable ethics of orders along with the harshness of his experiences capture the duality many soldiers struggled to handle. Each detail Kaylea included in the book was accurate and well-written.

My favourite part of the story was the correspondence between Brianna and Justin. Watching the pair grow closer through their letters reminded me of my own special soldier and the way we held on to each other during his deployment. Kaylea captures the emotions of this in a way that shows she has not only done her research, but also truly understands what it means to be a military family in any century.


Baking Challenge: In The Vacant Chair, Brianna sends Justin homemade cookies with her letter. What would you send to a soldier? Bake it and link up your post or picture at the end of the month.

Don't forget to comment below to let us know what you thought of the book (no spoilers, please!). Did you connect with the story and characters the way I did? Did it feel emotionally real to you?

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