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Blessed with an innate optimism and a magical childhood, Elisabeth Belle Sterling discovers that the path to happily-ever-after love is not as easily obtained as she had always imagined. The Camelot-like love she longs for seems like only a dream until she meets the handsome Kincaid Patterson, a West Point graduate who carries a dark secret from his past. Theirs is a passiBlessed with an innate optimism and a magical childhood, Elisabeth Belle Sterling discovers that the path to happily-ever-after love is not as easily obtained as she had always imagined. The Camelot-like love she longs for seems like only a dream until she meets the handsome Kincaid Patterson, a West Point graduate who carries a dark secret from his past. Theirs is a passionate and unconditional love that has to confront a painful past, heart-searing separation, and the greatest of all tragedies. But the biggest obstacle is the loss of faith that threatens to undermine all that they have. Set in the South during the 1960s and 70s against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, Save My Place is a beautifully written love story of two people who search deep within their souls to save each other.;; This book also available in e-book format through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo....

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ISBN : 9780881465013
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Number of Pages : 154 Pages
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Save My Place Reviews

  • Miranda ❤️
    2018-12-13 03:27

    **book sent to me by Bostick Communications in exchange for an honest review**Originally posted @ Miranda's Book BlogI have let myself fall in love with this story, in doing so I have stepped into Elizabeth's shoes and right now I'm a mess. As I am writing this review I am crying big fat ugly tears. If I could only take one thing away from this devastatingly beautiful story, it would be the lesson of faith. As long as you have your faith, you can persevere through anything life throws at you! Save My Place has melted my heart in the most lovingly of ways, thank you Olivia deBelle Byrd for writing such an utterly romantic bittersweet story!When we meet Elisabeth she’s full of optimism, concerning pretty much everything! I loved when she reminisced about her childhood, in many ways it reminded me of myself growing up. While watching Elisabeth grow up it was interesting seeing how she handled some no-so-pretty situations. (Oh and I cannot forget, her love of books makes me smile!)My favorite thing was the endearing, deep emotional bond between her and Kincaid. They are absolutely perfect for each other in the way that opposites attract. Kincaid pulls her down to Earth and Elisabeth helps him see the beauty in the world. Now let’s talk setting. Me being an 80’s baby I got to hear the ‘adults’ talk about Vietnam while growing up. Every-time it was brought up by an adult around me it always felt like a distant story. Save My Place transported me back in time and helped me feel connected with a past that the generation before me experienced first-hand. Byrd has a miraculous talent of bringing the past alive!I also enjoyed the fact that this story is written in first person POV, but in a way where Elisabeth was reflecting on all of the events at a later date. Another POV tidbit, there are these letters she wrote to her husband in the middle of the story. I loved them, we get to see Elisabeth pour her heart and soul into the letters. One last and final note. Please do not let Elisabeth’s rose-colored glasses fool you, she has more bravery and empathy ingrained in her than even she knows. I admire Elisabeth greatly!

  • ✰☽♥✰Unsolved Mystery ✰♥☾✰
    2018-11-20 03:32

    Great book. The ending left me in tears. Better have your tissues ready.....

  • Janet
    2018-12-05 21:19

    I met Olivia last week at a book conference and can confirm that she is quite charismatic and will be a great speaker/reader (she'll be at the Athens-Clarke County Library 10/16/14 at 7pm)! I liken the reading experience to discovering a diary of someone you thought you knew well only to find her life was much more complex and lovely and heartbreaking than you'd ever imagined just by looking at her.

  • Stacie
    2018-11-23 20:24

    It seems most of my fictional reading is either set in the present day or during WWI or WWII. But, this lovely story set in the south during the 60's and 70's captured my heart. It's lesson on having faith in all circumstances reminded me that you can overcome even the most difficult of tragedies and still find joy.Elisabeth was raised by loving parents in the panhandle of Florida. Since I love this area and have traveled there often, it was easy to imagine the places, the weather, and the culture of the people in this story. After some relationship failures, Elisabeth finally meets her prince charming, Kincaid, a graduate of West Point and well-respected in the military. Elisabeth is an elementary teacher and loves building her life with Kincaid. But, not everything is picture perfect for them. Eventually, Kincaid is sent to Vietnam to serve in the war and life is forever changed for the two of them. Elisabeth shares her struggles in letters to Kincaid and the reader sees Elisabeth experience joy, heartbreak, successes, and the love of friendship. The letters Elisabeth wrote to Kincaid were my favorite part of this whole story. Her personality, naivety, and zest for life showed through each letter. But I wish there had been letters from Kincaid to her as part of the story. I am quite sure her letters to him were a salvation during his time in Vietnam.This story is elegant, romantic, sweetly old-fashioned, and one that you could share with your grandmother. Elisabeth inspires us to find the good, stay strong in adversity, and remember to stay positive. You will laugh and cry and be sad their story is over when you reach the last page. Olivia deBelle Byrd is a witty and talented writer!

  • Jennifer Lara
    2018-12-12 03:15

    Save My Place by Oliva deBelle Byrd is a heartwarming and heart wrenching love story set in 1960s and 1970s. It was recently honored with two Gold Medals in Florida Fiction for Adults and Cover Design by the Florida Presidents Book Awards. It is the story of love through various stages of courtship, marriage, war, and personal tragedy. The story opens with Elisabeth Belle Sterling, a young college student who is “creative, independent but not rebellious.” She begins to enter the dating scene and after a lot of misses, she feel she’s doomed to be an old maid. Until she meets Kincaid Patterson, an Army buddy of her roommate’s boyfriend. The two immediately hit it off and before they know it, they are married and settling into life together. He is stationed at Fort Banning and she becomes a second grade teacher. Soon their wonderful life is halted as Kincaid is deployed to Vietnam. Before he leaves, Kincaid tells Elisabeth to “save his place.” She ends her letters to him with “your place is saved.” Will Kincaid return home? Will Elisabeth be able to learn to live without him? I loved this book. It was sweet and tender. It had shocking moments when you gasped and hoped for a positive outcome. I can’t give more without ruining the entire book but there are moments when you cry and your heart aches for the characters as they deal with different tragedies. I especially loved the ending. It showed a great loved between these characters and I can imagine them living today still hand-in-hand. I highly recommend Save My Place. It definitely has a place on my keeper shelf.

  • AK Mama Reads
    2018-12-12 02:34

    It is rare than someone can garner so much delight within little more than 150 pages, but Olivia deBelle Byrd manages a striking amount of emotion none the less. I fell in love with her lilting way of writing much the way Elisabeth falls in love with her Kincaid- swiftly and irrevocably. Moving chronologically through the main character’s life we find ourselves amidst international turmoil and internal struggle. I was not for a second unattached or disengaged from the story and only wished I had prepared myself with a better stash of tissues and fuzzy slippers. This is the sort of book that I would want my younger sister to have before going off to college, as well as my mother who likes a decent sweet romance. Though the author definitely has religious ties you never feel as if you are being told you have to believe any particular thing. You keenly feel the emotions coming off the page and have to remind yourself it’s not your life- Elisabeth was so utterly charismatic yet imperfect enough to capture my heart completely. It is my sincere pleasure to have read a review copy of this book thanks to the author, and I can honestly give it 5 stars without remorse or hesitancy.

  • Shanna
    2018-11-30 02:39

    Olivia deBelle Byrd did an amazing job of writing this story in less than 200 pages. I was awed at how much I truly enjoyed this book. It was beautifully written and it broke your heart at the same time. We follow Elisabeth through dating in college and all the disasters to finally meeting Kincaid, the man of her dreams. We go through deployments and heartbreaking loss. Elisabeth has to be one of the strongest female leads I've read in a while. When everything is falling apart, she keeps it together. Every woman should read this book. Growing up in Charleston, Sc, this book reminds me of my Gram and everything she endured. There's not enough words to describe what I feel about this book.I have an interview on my blog with Olivia if y'all want to check it out.

  • Karen Zacharias
    2018-12-20 00:22

    A lovely inspiring story.

  • Carrie
    2018-11-24 02:31

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I want to say to start that this book strays from what I normally read and review. I am a huge fan of YA and fantasy however I do enjoy a good historical fiction when it is well written. Save My Place does fall into that category. It was not a long drawn out book, which I loved. Sometimes historical fiction is weighed down with lots of extra facts that don't really play into the story. This novel was well written and gets right to the point. The protagonist Elisabeth Belle Sterling was your typical southern belle in my opinion. She spends the first few chapters coming across as a shallow female only interested in finding a husband and then when still single at 22 she was resigned to be an old maid so she decides to go to graduate school. Now given the times we live in most women will be offended but thinking about when this novel is set (think 1950/1960 society) I can understand where she is coming from. This was a time when a woman was valued by her husband. If you couldn't get married you became a teacher or secretary.As the story progresses and Elisabeth meets Kincade we see a natural change in her personality. She becomes a wife yes, but she marries a man in the military which takes strength and courage. She goes from an idealistic child to a woman who understands suffering and pain and what true love means. Love is not a fairy tale, it is not easy or neat. Love is messy and hard and you have to work at it. She shows us that she is working at it, sometimes she fails and that makes her more realistic. Overall I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to someone who wants a light-hearted historical romance. It's just long enough to make you lose yourself in the story and not so long that you get bored by the time period. And don't worry your place is saved.

  • Dianna
    2018-12-08 02:29

    Yes, just breathe in that book cover for a moment. Sigh.Save My Place by Olivia deBelle Byrd has just as much emotional punch, but goes in a completely different direction. In this novel, Elisabeth is a force to be reckoned with. She’s just what I imagined a 70’s girl to be….strong, spunky, and a bit on the wild side. It took me a few pages to get into the story, because I made the mistake of thinking that it would be predictable. It wasn’t, not in the least! I picked up the book just before bedtime, and ended up sacrificing several hours of precious sleep to finish Save My Place. I just couldn’t close my eyes without knowing what happened!Elisabeth was endearing in her devotion to her husband. There were times when she went overboard, and she had an annoying habit of needing to be right all the time. She was a very likable character, though. Despite the book’s short 154 pages, it’s chock-full of meaningful plot. I would love to see Save My Place become a movie — it’s a story that so many people will remember. If you are looking for a book to read this weekend, I highly recommend Save My Place! The author sent a copy for review; opinions shared are mine.

  • Freda Mans-Labianca
    2018-12-09 19:36

    A quick read!Though make sure to have a tissue or two for the end. What a powerful ending it was too.I just loved how the author told this story. Period. It was told from Elizabeth's point of view, but added touches of the letters written by her husband. His viewpoint made the story poignant, which essentially gave the story is guts.The author takes you through Elizabeth's life, mostly after Kincaid, and it's a vivid look too. While reading the ending I already gushed about, I had to remind myself it was just a story. She pulled me in that far though, that the emotion felt real and raw. Not what I expected at all, to be honest. I read Miss Hildreth Wore Brown, which is a complete bi-polar opposite of this story, and wasn't expecting this side of the author's writing. I thought it would be mostly wit. I am so glad I was wrong. It shows how talented Olivia is. She can write hilarious tales of a southern belle, or life sagas that pull you in emotionally. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next!Southern Fiction and Contemporary fans, be sure to get your copy today!

  • Live Laugh & Love Books
    2018-11-21 19:14

    Originally posted on my blog Live Laugh & Love BooksI just loved how the author told this story. Period. It was told from Elizabeth’s point of view, but added touches of the letters written by her husband. Which gave the story a more thorough feeling. The author takes you through Elizabeth’s life, mostly after Kincaid, and it’s a vivid look too. She pulled me in so far that the emotion felt real and raw. Be sure to have a tissue or two nearby for the ending. Not what I expected at all, to be honest. Olivia is a super talented, I haven’t read any of her previous work but I plan to now. I cannot wait to see what she comes up with next! Southern Fiction and Contemporary fans, be sure to get your copy today!*I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a fair and honest review.*

  • Kristin Hinkle
    2018-12-08 03:35

    “Save My Place” by Olivia deBelle Byrd is a wonderful and beautiful love story. Giving this book five stars was easy for me to give as I enjoyed the story and the characters a lot. The author wrote the story beautifully and with so much talent. It’s a love story that once it has been read will be remembered over and over. Olivia deBelle Byrd out done herself with this book and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.The story itself is well thought out and the characters wrote so that the story flows with them to the end. It’s a page turner and an attention grabber from the beginning. I can easily say that I am recommending this book to any romance reader, or romantic at heart to enjoy. After reading this book I can honestly say it has taken place at my top fifteen favorite romance reads.

  • Linda Marie Marsh
    2018-12-19 22:40

    A short novel that packs a lot of story into its 150 pages. A love story that takes place in a sweeter slower era that is entering a new age...Full skirts, loafers and dreams of love and marriage morphed into the age of Aquarius and Vietnam. Kincaid and Elizabeth exerience the ups and downs of the times while maintaining their relationship. For a while it is letter writing that holds them together when he is shipped overseas...and she ends each one with 'your place is saved'.A heart-warming trip back in time.My favorite quote hit the spot: "There was a door inside of me, and in my mind,it was a magic door that kept all the ills of the world at bay. From time to time the door would open a bit as an ill would try to escape, but i always managed to ignore it until i finally pushed it back inside and safely closed the door." Reminded me of me...

  • Jillian Adams
    2018-11-29 02:21

    I wanted to love this book. I would have rated it a 2 or 2.5, except it did keep me reading. The story started off wonderfully. I felt something. Oddly enough when it came to the end, it felt like the author just wanted to finish the book. I didn't feel anything from this character who was self-described as loving drama. I felt none. No matter how bad things got, it only took a few pages to have them wrapped up in a bow. Then back half wasn't believable. The story had so much potentially and should have been longer so it could have sucked me in to the lead character's actual struggles and feelings. She just stated she had feelings, I rarely ever felt them.

  • Brandy Roberts
    2018-11-20 02:39

    I was givin a copy for my honest review i have to say i loved this story it had my glued from front to back i couldn't wait to see how it ended i went through so much emotions and authors who can pack that punch your are amazing i haven't read Olivias other book but i plan to man i had to put the book down to wipe my eyes and the ending just wow I liked how the story was told in elizabeths pov but the little snippets of her husbands letters gave more to the story i just had to keep telling myself this only a story but again the author showed such great emotion and realizim and such great character growth i cant wait to see what she comes up with next :)

  • Marjorie
    2018-12-11 19:23

    Given To Me For ReviewSave My Place: A Novel by Olivia deBelle Byrd is a beautiful love story between Elisabeth and Kincaid. Make sure you have some tissue near you, you may need a bit of it. Elisabeth and Kincaid have a beautiful life together -- that is until Uncle Sam wants Kincaid in Vietnam. What will happen between them now? Will Kincaid make it home? Will Elisabeth be able to wait all of those long months for him? I gave this book 5 stars. I highly recommend this book to all. Olivia deBelle Byrd hit it out of the ballpark with this book and I wait to read more from her.

  • Megan Emerson
    2018-12-04 02:28

    I was sent a copy of this book by Olivia Byrd in exchange for an honest review. I love how Byrd tells this enchanting love story, told by Elizabeth Belle Sterling and set in the South during 1960’s through 70’s against the back drop of the Vietnam War. I was instantly drawn into this tale and followed Elizabeth as she finds the love of her life Kincaid. Their relationship is tested by war and tragedy as the story follows them through their ups and downs. I hope that one day that I will have someone to Save my place. Warning- I suggest you have tissues ready.

  • Mimi Rhorer
    2018-11-30 01:36

    The book is like the narrator: short (154 pages), sweet, sassy, sentimental and southern. I am passing it along to my sister to enjoy, proof that I recommend it.

  • Michelle Bowles
    2018-12-14 00:10

    Rarely do I get the chance to fall in love with a story under 200 pages that completely takes my breath away. Nostalgic, beautiful with such an engagement setting, Oliva deBelle Byrd's Save My Place, fulfilled beyond my initial expectations for a book of this length. This was my first book read by her and applaud her composition of such beautiful storytelling. She truly gives readers a page turner that you can fall in love with and really can appreciate the depth and richness of the characters story being told.The book's setting in the South is in the late 60s and 70s with the backdrop of the Vietnam War. We are introduced to Elisabeth Belle Sterling. She had the ideal background with both loving and supportive parents. The book chronicles her journey, at times through reflection, to the current in which she is a loving school teacher. Everything has gone well in her life excerpt in the love area. Despite having that everlasting hope of Prince Charming, her real life has dealt her another reality. After a couple of bad experiences, she gave up all hope of ever finding the perfect guy until Kincaid Patterson comes into her life and as they say “the rest is history.” Kincaid Patterson, a Westpoint graduate, whom not only is easy on the eyes but has something special that connects him with Elisabeth that undeniably puts him in the soulmate category. Despite their unconditional love and growing attraction, no matter how much he tried to suppress his past, it had crippled his spirit and the core of his soul. It isn't until one day he is gets confronted by his past and is forced to deal with something that he'd rather forget. Not understanding that not dealing with this has had a big impact on his ability to open his heart until he met Elisabeth. Not a stranger to tragedy, something unexpected happens in their lives that tests the elasticity of love, faith, and hope.What I love about the evolution of their relationship is their imperfections literally define opposites attract. Experiencing the highs and the lows of the reality of two separate worlds coming together to find their way was truly a beautiful experience through the book. You have Elisabeth, who had the ideal life and Kincaid who really experienced overwhelming heartbreaking experiences. The kind of experiences that really have a heavy impact on a person. What both lacked, each other complimented and truly embodied the cliché, “you complete me.” Destiny and fate were truly on their side and to see them through their relationship, was such a beautiful journey.One thing that stands out in the book that I absolutely loved were the letters that Elisabeth writes to her husband while he is deployed. For those gals out there in this situation where your husband is away and/or when you read about Kincaid's experience, you will definitely be able to connect with her. I know on the surface you might think, this gal has a great life but beyond this, what can she bring as a female character that would make her stand out differently than the predictable? Well, when people look at a couple and see rainbows and sunshine, they don't see the inside downpour. These letters shared everything that make you appreciate her faith and strength to keep going even when things where too much to bare. Overall, this was such a great book. I'm telling you ahead of time to get ready for the Kleenex for a tearjerker ending. It was just refreshing to read a clean, nice love story that just was so fulfilling. I will definitely check out her other work and look forward to see what she has in the future. What she did in such a small book was beautiful. If you get a chance, please add this one to your TBR list, you will love it. Reviewed at What Is That Book About -

  • Rayleigh
    2018-12-06 22:13

    I received this book from the author via Bostick Communications for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.Olivia deBelle Byrd is a new author to me, but I could tell from the very first page that she has an extraordinary gift of writing! Her writing style is one of a kind and will draw you in in an enchanting way, and refuse to let your attention go. Her character development is equally impressive as I have never seen characters come alive quite like hers do and the scenes are vivid in colors and activities. The story also has a real-life fairy tale feeling to it so its sweet and engaging. Issues I had-*POSSIBLE SPOILERS*However, she talked a little too openly about sex during the main character's college life. Though the main character is not a Christian, or religious of any kind, she does decide at a young age to remain a virgin until marriage (purely for the challenge as she says when conversing with a boyfriend) and successfully does so. However, its clear that sex outside of marriage is not considered wrong in this story to any of the characters whatsoever, and when the main character does get married, they talk about it a little too much for my comfort. There are no actual scenes, but sex talk is very open to the point that I was skipping quite a few paragraphs at a time and then eventually just put the book down. There are also a few choice words used as well. So, even though I hold Olivia deBelle Byrd in high esteem as a wonderful, gifted, author; I can't say that I can help advertise this book in particular, as it goes against my morals. Having said that, I rate Save My Place 2 out of 5 stars and will be very hesitant when offered another one of this author's books.You can read this review, as well as others on my blog at http://acceleratethejesusmovement.wor...

  • Sidna
    2018-11-29 23:32

    The best word I can think of to describe this book is "uneven." It starts out with a very privileged young woman who goes to college and joins a sorority. Of course, the BMOC overlooks all the other girls who are after him and has eyes only for her. After that romance ends, she meets another great guy who had a troubled childhood. Pretty standard romance novel stuff until out of the blue on Page 47 she starts talking about how religious she is. I couldn't imagine where that came from as there was no hint of it earlier in the book. Like many new authors, Ms. Byrd uses too many adjectives and flowery language in the beginning of the book.The story takes place in the 60's so the main character's husband goes off to fight in Vietnam, but that is sort of glossed over in the book. Not that I wanted a detailed description. I was a young married woman during that time and remember it all too well.I met the author at a luncheon and she is a lovely lady and a very entertaining speaker, but there is something missing from her writing. Her first book was a series of anecdotes that tried too hard to be funny and I'm not sure what she was trying to say with this book. The title comes from a comment her husband made to her once when he got up from where they were sitting and she repeated the phrase throughout the book. It seemed that she had the title and tried to write a book around it.

  • Deniz
    2018-12-20 03:10

    So right off the bat we're introduced to Elisabeth, a young Southern girl who is intent on finding love and getting married (more or less). From there, she meets various types of people, goes through life changing experiences, and embarks on a journey of finding herself among the life she is trying to lead.For me, the beginning was pretty slow for me. Maybe it was because I found Elisabeth to be annoying at first or the talks and "background information" that was excessive (in my opinion) and was a bit too long. However as the story progressed, it got better.Which leads me to one of the aspects that I would like to touch upon: the length of the novel. I wish it was longer. The story is a good one and Byrd did a wonderful job in writing it. However I felt like there were parts that were rushed or could have been elaborated more on (but wasn't). For that reason I felt that I wasn't getting enough of the story.Overall, this was a quick read that really does give you the full package: comedy, romance, heartbreak, and lessons that we could all learn from. As the story progressed, I did warm up to the characters and was hooked on the storyline (and what was going to happen). The author did a really good job in creating a different atmosphere for the readers to be in, to experience what Elisabeth and Kincaid have to go through. Very impressive!

  • Vicki
    2018-11-22 21:19

    The book starts with Elisabeth being dumped and deciding to become an old maid. She then applies to he University of Georgia to get a masters degree in education. Then she meets Kincaid and her old maid idea flies out the window.The author writes in a style that makes you feel like these people are your friends. I loved all the characters, especially Elisabeth and Kincaid. The love they felt for each other was immense, and they also loved the people in their lives very deeply.The book is full of emotions. It’s funny, sad and also heartbreaking. It shows how love can conquer all, and bring people who have been torn apart by a tragedy, back together. And, you’ll have to read the book to find out the special meaning of the title, Save My Place.I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a bit of romance, relationships, or southern fiction. It’s a short book and I read it rather quickly, but it left a huge impact on me and is one I would like to re-read in the future.This book is one of my favorites of 2015, as is her 1st book, Miss Hildreth Wore Brown: Anecdotes of a Southern Belle. I can’t wait to see what she writes next.Thanks to the author for this review copy, and for being so patient with me while I was trying to catch up on reviews.

  • Geneva Handleman
    2018-12-15 22:34

    An awesome read. Pure romance. Heart-rending, tear-jerking tragedy. Laughter. Family. Life. Faith.It's been a really long time since a book pulled me in so quickly. This author writes as if she is telling you her story personally. Being from the deep South myself, she reminds me of the stories you hear at family reunions. Her storytelling talent is great! This book had me laughing out loud and crying in public. As an independent reviewer of Paranormal Romance and Authors that Rock, this book, this author, the entire cast of characters get a resounding five stars. Perfect for any age reader, I highly recommend it to pre-teens!

  • Marty Bryan
    2018-12-15 22:10

    Wish it had been twice as long for more character development. Lots of drama in 150 short pages

  • Terry Tessar
    2018-11-21 19:26

    Quick read, a bit of fluff, but enjoyed as I had just heard the author speak.

  • AGamble
    2018-12-17 22:15

    Started off very Junior League, but once the fluff and pretense fell away, a truly sweet love story emerged.