Wait for Me

Book review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Sweet World War II romance between Scot girl and German POW.

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Educational Value

Setting shows what life was like on a Scottish farm during World War II.  Author's Note explains real places and events, like that German POWs really were sent to work on farms near their detention centers, and where she took some liberties for the sake of the story.

Positive Messages

War has a terrible and lasting impact on both sides, and not only on those who do the fighting but on families, homes, and societies. Enemy soldiers aren't all evil and deserve compassion and forgiveness. Brief, iffy message about body image when a teen girl wonders if guys could ever be attracted to women with small breasts.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lorna's a good role model for seeing someone beyond first impressions, independence, standing up for herself, and doing what needs to be done. She's loyal to family and friends, and as she matures she learns a lot about how to be a better friend by putting herself in another's shoes. Paul is an ideal love interest: thoughtful, caring, supportive, and gallant. Lorna's family and friends are good people, although one of her brothers is changed for the worse by war. Two American soldiers are bad guys only after sex with Lorna and her friend.

Violence

A man kisses Lorna forcibly, hurts her when he pushes her against a wall, forces his legs between hers and tries to lift her skirt. Lorna punches him in the nose. A man kicks a dog. An enemy plane strafes the farm and some cows are shot; there's no gore but it's scary and intense. A pregnant woman collapses and there's a lot of blood on her clothes. A seemingly drunk man is very hostile, pushing someone down, yelling, and yanking Lorna violently.

Sex

Mostly kissing, some passionate with brief descriptions. An unwed 20-year-old gets pregnant.

Language

"Bitch," "hell," "damn," "whore."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lorna's father sometimes drinks whisky in the evenings. Lorna unknowingly has spiked lemonade, which makes her throw up. People drink beer at social occasions and celebrations. Some minor characters smoke. Care packages for soldiers on the front include cigarettes. Occasional mention of incidental smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wait for Me is a romance set in rural Scotland during World War II. Sexy stuff is infrequent, usually kissing, and once or twice passionate kissing is briefly described. An unwed 20-year-old woman gets pregnant. Violence is infrequent and includes a scary attack by enemy plane on the farm, an incident of unwanted sexual advances, and an apparently drunk man acting hostile and volatile. A pregnant woman has a miscarriage scare that mentions blood. Main character Lorna has spiked lemonade and throws up. Cigarettes and smoking are occasionally mentioned; the historical setting can be a good opportunity to talk about how attitudes have changed and medical knowledge has advanced since World War II. Infrequent strong language includes "bitch," "damn," "hell," and "whore."

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Kid, 12 years old March 8, 2018

Wait for Me is a great book! Brings tragidy, romance, and excitment real.

Wait for Me does contain one part where a man attempts Sexual Abuse to the main girl, but is not very descriptive. Romance goes as far as passionate kissing, bu... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byElli1 November 4, 2018

Worth a Read!

If you are into historical fiction, specifically history during World War 2, this is a fantastic book! It does contain a brief scene which includes sexual assau... Continue reading

What's the story?

WAIT FOR ME is the story of how World War II invades the quiet life Lorna's had on her family's farm in Scotland. When German POWs arrive at a nearby camp, the locals have a hard time adjusting to the idea that enemy soldiers will be working on area farms. But farm work never ends, and with most of the young men off fighting and lambing season about to start, maybe German help is better than no help at all. That's how Lorna meets Paul, the soldier assigned to work on Lorna's family farm. His face is terribly scarred, but as Lorna and her family soon discover, he's actually a very gentle, kind, and hardworking man. As feelings grow between Lorna and Paul, can they keep their budding romance a secret? And what will become of Paul when the war finally ends?

Is it any good?

Caroline Leech's debut novel is a sweet romance with a likeable pair of young lovers. Wait for Me's World War II setting adds interest for historical fiction fans, and it vividly evokes life on a farm in the Scottish countryside. Tweens and up will relate to Lorna as she matures while facing an uncertain future. Paul's a sigh-worthy love interest and potent reminder that how we look on the outside isn't what's important. Some of the conflicts seem invented for conflict's sake instead of coming up naturally, and overall it's fairly predictable. But it's a nice blend of romance and historical fiction that lovers of both genres will enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the historical setting in Wait for Me. How might the story be different if it the setting was today? 

  • What did you learn about life during World War II? Did you know that POWs were allowed to work on farms? Do you think that was a good idea, or should they have been confined to detention centers?

  • Lorna's brother seems like a different person when he visits home. Do you know someone who's been in combat? How can loved ones help?

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