"Do not die with me"

The Soldier's Bride
A Music Box Romance
Rachelle J. Christensen
Self-pub, 2016
Kindle ed, 284 pages, also in hardcover
Genre(s) historical romance, women's lit
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Other books in this series: Carve Me a Melody

Synopsis:  
As WWII ration cards and battle scars become commonplace across America, it seems to Evelyn that even love is rationed out. When she finds a message from her late husband tucked inside a music box, Jim’s words have the power to change her life: Don't die with me.

Words written out of love, long-lost but never forgotten.

Grief stricken, Evelyn is unsure of how to honor his request, but she finds the courage to keep on living. Jim’s note urges her to give the music box away to unlock the secret within, and although it breaks her heart again, Evelyn trades the music box for a cradle to hold her infant son. Thus begins the decades-long journey of the music box, mending broken hearts, reuniting lost loves, and giving people the courage to heal themselves along the way. This romance crosses battlefields and time as the music box touches the lives of two soldiers, a broken father, a crippled child, a struggling farmer, and a woman once called the soldier's bride.


About the Author 
Rachelle J. Christensen is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense and solves the mystery of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a music minor. She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading.

Rachelle’s first novel, Wrong Number was awarded Outstanding Book of the Year from the League of Utah Writers and was also a 2010 Whitney Finalist. She is also the author of Caller ID and the Rone Award-winning novella with a Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection. Her latest novel kicks off a new wedding planner mystery series, Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things.

Rachelle's new nonfiction book, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know: 10 Secrets to Connect Moms & Daughters is co-authored by Connie Sokol. Learn more about this new series at www.coachmom.org

Visit www.rachellechristensen.com to learn more about upcoming books.

My Disclaimer:  
I was provided a free copy of this book by the author's representative. I am providing an honest review for which I am receiving no compensation of any kind. All opinions are fully my own.
~ Judi E. Easley for Blue Cat Review

My Review:  ✮✮✮✮⭒
This was a really sweet story about a music box and its messages of love. It's the last music box that Donovan makes and Jim buys it for his wife, Evelyn just before he leaves for WWII. He leaves a message in it for her. Something for her to find if he doesn't make it home.

Evelyn swaps it to Rhonda for a cradle. Rhonda gives it to Leland. He gives it to Shunsaku for his daughter Emika. Jim sees it when Emika's sick. Emika gives it to her son, but it's lost. Henry finds it and Mallory sells it to Sterling at the Farmer's Market. Sterling gives it to his wife. So it goes over the years. Each adding to the message in the box. Each one being comforted by the unique music in the box.

This is a story to cry with and to appreciate the way that someone who has experienced pain in love and loss can help someone else who is also experiencing pain in love and loss. To cry when a small girl who loves to dance gets polio. To smile when a deaf boy learns to make beautiful music. It is simply beautiful. I strongly recommend it to any of you who enjoy women's lit and stories of life.