A grief-stricken candy-striper serving in a VA hospital following her brother’s death in Vietnam struggles to return home an anonymous veteran of the great war against the skullduggery of a congressman who not only controls the hospital pf his small-town fiefdom  but knows the name of her veteran. A name if revealed would end his political ambitions and his fifty-year marriage. In its retelling of Odysseus’ journey, revenants casts a flickering candle upon the charon toll exacted not only from the families of those who fail to come home but of those who do.”


*This book was sent to me for review by the author however, all opinions stated are my own.*

This book is definitely going to leave a lasting impression on me.

This book deals a lot with the military and the way soldiers are affected by the wars that fight in. As someone who has lots of military ties within my friends and family, this was something that had a special place in my heart.

Betsy was a great main character. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to loose her brother. Loosing a family member is hard and when you have a very close bond with that family member, it just makes it even harder. I think she had a great personality. I liked the way she thought in trying to discover who her patient truly was. I think she was a strong character to keep doing what she was doing  after seeing what the soldiers at the VA  hospital had gone through.

I liked the aspect of mystery we had in this book. I liked how Betsy and Bartholomew had to dig deep to figure out who this forgotten patient was. It kept me guessing myself and I always like a good mystery element in a story like this. When all the pieces were put together, it made for a very heartfelt and heartwarming conclusion to the novel.

Another aspect I really enjoyed about this book was the parts that were told from the soldier’s point of view. I liked seeing the war and its effects through someone who fought in it’s eyes. It made for an interesting element and something that really made me think about what these people truly go through.

The only thing that kind of brought this book down a little for me was it was a little slow. I found it a little hard for me to get through at some points but I think it was only because I had not read a coming-of-age story like this before.

Overall I thought this book was a very enjoyable read. Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy of this book for review. It is one book that I won’t regret reading for a long time.


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