I couldn’t put this book down. I just kept reading and I finished it in a single sitting.
Love and Other Battles by Tess Woods follows the lives of three generations of women in the same family. It begins in the time of the Vietnam war with Jess, a young, free-spirited hippie with strong anti- war views. She falls in love with a nasho, a conscripted soldier, who goes to serve in Vietnam.
Then we meet Jamie, her daughter, a much more conventional young woman, who wants marriage and a family. Jamie becomes a school principal.
The last of the three is CJ, Jamie’s daughter, a teenager of today. It is the story of this lovely and vulnerable young girl that pulled the most at my heartstrings, and moved me to tears at one stage of her battle.
The story is not told in chronological order, and at first I found this a little disconcerting, as I had to check the dates at the head of the chapters, but once I got into the book it all fell into place.
This is an emotional story that draws you in. It is both heart-wrenching and heartening. The characters are real and very much alive as each woman faces the troubles that come her way. I found it a wonderful story and I thank Tess Woods for it.