First, let me start by saying that this is not a paid review. I haven’t been compensated, other than a copy of the book, and will not receive any commissions from sales.
Okay, now that the required disclaimer is out of the way, let’s dive in.
Several months ago, I was contacted about reviewing the book, Dear Diane. To be honest, my gut reaction was “no”. I had a lot going on and the past few books I agreed to review had been so bad that the publisher asked me not to write the review. But something made me agree to read it and I’m so glad that I did.
I was originally given a pdf copy of the manuscript to review. I sat down in front of my computer thinking I would read a few pages before bed. A few hours later, I was on the last page of the book. That’s right – I read the entire book in one sitting. With every chapter, I kept thinking just one more and I’ll go to bed. I did that until it was finished.
Dear Diane is a collection of letters that a soldier sent home to his love during the first Gulf War. I felt as if I had found someone’s box of letters in the attic and was reading something that I really shouldn’t be. It almost felt like an invasion of privacy to be privy to these letters.
There were so many times throughout the book that I related to the subject of his letters or even just a particular line of text. I often found myself thinking that I remember getting a letter (or in our case, email) from my husband where he spoke of the same sort of thing.
The only thing that I feel the book is missing is the letters from her. But at the end of the book, you will find out why they aren’t included and it will satisfy your need to see her side of the exchanges of letters during the war.
It was so interesting to me to see how much things have changed just from the first time we were in Iraq to the current war. It really wasn’t all that long ago but there are many changes, especially in terms of communication with our soldiers. But one thing has remained the same and that is the love and worry being sent across the miles that you can easily feel by reading his letters.