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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Damaged Goods by Jacquelynn Luben

Damaged Goods by Jacquelynn Luben
Publisher: Untreed Reads
Genre: Historical (recent)
Length: Short Story (5 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Stephantois

In England in 1939, Margaret (known as Peggy) and Tom are innocent sweethearts. Then comes a war, which affects the lives of everyone in the country, and which causes the young couple to part. When Tom is reported missing, no one knows what has happened to him.

But now it’s 1945, and a letter arrives. Will the lovers be reunited after all these years? In a story told mainly through the medium of letters, Margaret and Tom must confront the changes that have taken place in their lives as the traumatic effect of the war on the young couple is revealed.

Damaged Goods is proof that you don’t need a story to be novel length for it to be engaging or span lots of time.

It’s told in letters that the main character both receives and writes. It’s moving, beautifully written, and even though it’s short I felt as if I knew the main character very well. I felt her pain as she reads the letter from her past love, and also her surprise when she finds that he’s alive and what’s happened to him. There was even a twist at the end.

I highly recommend Damaged Goods for the perfect quick read and will be looking for more stories from this author.