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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 reAs 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.The Soldier's Bride is the first in the Music Box Romance series...

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The Soldier's Bride Reviews

  • Julie Carpenter
    2018-10-08 11:46

    I'm between 3.5 stars and 4 stars so I rounded up and gave it 4.I was not expecting the story to be what it turned out to be(a positive conclusion). The synopsis lets you know that going into reading the story, the music box will play an integral part. We know it gets passed on and helps others heal but it was the stories within each passing on of the music box that I didn't expect. I found it very interesting how the author introduced the different characters, all in need of healing and all suffering in very individual ways. And yet, their sufferings were very interconnected.I loved how each of the music box characters were able to pass along a bit of their story and healing with the music box, which ultimately touched many lives and came around full circle(I'd even venture to say a couple full circles). I know that may not make sense until you read it and experience the journey of the music box. I'm at a little bit of a loss for words...I know big shocker if you've ever read my reviews and they go on and on with many rambling thoughts of mine, but it's true. My mind is turning it all over and reviewing and rethinking about the different stories and the hurt and the ache, but mostly the healing and how it all came about. If you are looking at this book as a romance novel, maybe a light or fluff read, be prepared because it is so much more than that. I found it to be very raw and very emotional, very touching, very abrasive(maybe that's not quite the right word, it got right down and delved into some difficult situations that are-at least in the book's time period-very taboo), very cathartic and in it's own way beautiful.Evelyn receives the music box from her husband right before he leaves for WWII. Not long after his deployment, she receives a yellow telegram announcing his death. Grieving from the shock and loss of her husband Evelyn struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. She's a very young widow and must find a way to continue her life, just like everyone else trying to survive during the war and aftermath of all the loss and sorrow. She finds a note from her husband Jim and his words help her to keep moving forward as well as the knowledge that she must move on by passing on the music box(as per Jim's request).What follows is an introduction to many different characters and their sorrows and loss and healing and as I said interconnections.I can't really say too much more because with how interconnected the music box becomes in their lives(even without their meeting each other) it is just something you have to read and discover through the journey.I enjoyed the story and it definitely kept me turning the pages but there were a few things that I had a harder time with. I can't quite pinpoint what exactly it is, maybe as I said earlier, the raw emotions and sorrow??? Maybe someone else is feeling the same way or maybe it's just me. I also feel if I try to explain too much it will spoil the story. I know there are spoiler tags but I just hate writing spoilers at all so I won't delve into it. But don't let my little unknown/unwritten hesitations decide for you if you're going to read the book or not. Even with the hesitations, I was hooked and enjoyed the whole journey and story.I really enjoy Rachelle's books. I love how she can weave a mystery in with suspense and emotions and love. I've read several other books by her and will keep enjoying more! If you haven't read any by her check this one out or check out her Wedding Planner Mysteries series, book one is Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things.Content: Ok my content disclosure is going to be a little spoilerish(I know I don't like giving spoilers but I read reviews for books I'm looking at wanting to read mostly for content of a book so I try to disclose something I'd like to know myself if I want to read or skip a book) so just be warned if you choose to read further-not super spoilerish but some! I can't say this is a squeaky clean read but I will say it is one I would recommend for adult readers or more mature readers. There is an attempted rape scene in the book, which also plays into one of the character's storyline and her healing. The scene doesn't end with a rape but it does describe her being grabbed by the men and the main guy holding her down, ripping her dress and taking her stockings and underwear off and removing some of his clothing, at which point she is saved. There is also a scene between a married couple being intimate, she removes her clothing but it isn't graphic and fades out. A lot of the book deals with the character who was almost raped overcoming all the emotions and heartache from being attacked. I thought the author did a really good job addressing and showing the pain and suffering but more importantly the healing that can come. There's also some talk about the healing of soldiers from being at war, nothing graphic about PTSD, but you know as a reader that they struggled and really needed to find something to help them heal and once that came they were able to put one foot in front of the other and learn to live through the struggles they faced.My own personal copy. Was(might still be) on Amazon for a promotional time for $0.99 promoting the next book in the series, which will be about one of the music box characters.Happy Reading!!!

  • Vicki
    2018-10-04 05:37

    I received The Soldier's Bride as an ARC in return for an honest review. My thoughts on first starting this book was that it was sweet and that Jim and Evelyn were off to a wonderful start. After a few chapters I realized that there was going to be heartache and pain mixed in with this simple love story. I was not mistaken, There were events that occurred that would almost destroy a strong woman. Events that even when they occur today they can potentially destroy the spirit of a woman. The beauty is that she fought for a life, for herself and her son. The cast of characters was strong as well. There was Evelyn the young war bride that was living her dream with her husband. Living with the tinge of fear that comes with having a soldier for a husband in a time of war. Jim gave her a music box with a note that set the journey of that little box into play. The stories of the lives that the music box touches are vividly and beautifully written. This book has an epic quality to it due to the life long stories that are told about the characters. Each family that the music box touches shares a piece of themselves with the next owner. This was a powerful story, and I loved every bit of it. It was honest and emotional. Rachelle J. Christensen brought this story to life in a wonderful way. I hurt when they hurt and I rejoiced when they rejoiced.

  • Judi Easley
    2018-10-07 10:59

    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 ReviewMy 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.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2018-10-05 10:44

    ***4.5 stars***This is a beautiful story. The characters, the power of the story, the musical qualities all came together to create a story that stayed with with me after I finished the book.Evelyn is a young bride who sends her husband off to WWII. They have hope and a bright future ahead of them, tragically, a few months on the war front ended badly. Evelyn receives word that her husband has died. She has a music box that he left her with. It plays a melody that can be heard on the wind and helps her give in to his request to not "die with him."The story follows Evelyn's path to healing. A secondary story that is vital to the progression is the story of the music box. It travels from person to person, giving each strength to endure their trials.I don't want to say too much about the story. I will say that the music box brings things full circle for Evelyn. This story is about hope, faith, forgiveness, endurance, and love. The story is bitter-sweet. I was left satisfied with the story. This is a story that follows life, it is full of heart-ache and overcoming to find joy and happiness.I would classify this book as a clean read for adults. There is a scene that is disturbing, Evelyn is nearly raped. Rachelle J. Christensen did an excellent job at keeping it sensitive, but not glossing over the heartache and pain that the incident caused.

  • Lynn Hallbrooks
    2018-10-19 04:49

    This was a treasure I received because I nominated it during its run as part of Kindle Scout and thus I received an Advanced Copy. It is available for Pre-order on Amazon now and should be downloadable on 15 Mar 2016. This is an Historical Romance and a little bit more.The story revolves around the travels of a music box and its melody. The first owner was Jim who gave it to his bride of 5 months, Evelyn. A short time later, Jim is sent off to fight in World War 2 (WWII). Evelyn learns that Jim is dead and is forced to move on with her life which is difficult enough and complicated even more by being pregnant. Evelyn makes an effort for her child. Times are tough and she must trade the music box for something more practical but not before adding a message that her husband left her in case of his demise. Thus begins the journey of the music box and its messages. I love that the melody of the music box factors into some of the lives it touches. I also love how the author used nature as a backdrop as well. While there were a couple scenes that could affect some women deeply it was done with taste and used as a contributing factor to future events and decisions made by the characters.I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys enduring love stories that include real life situations. Warning: This is for Mature Audiences due to some minor Violence, minor sexual situations, and harsh realities of life.

  • Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
    2018-10-06 05:49

    I wasn't exactly sure what to expect going into this book. It didn't sound like the typical romance and I wondered if this was multiple stories put together in one book. I guess that was the surprise for me because this book was several stories woven together but always with the same few key characters in the mix.This book was full of love and struggle and forgiveness and healing. The characters all go through heartache and growth. The struggle felt real. I loved the miracle and magic of the music box and how it tied every story together.This is what I would term a "feel good" book. It kind of reminded me of a Hallmark Movie. Content: An almost rape sceneI received a copy of book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Mara
    2018-10-05 04:02

    This love story was unlike any I've read before. There are several stories in this book but they all fit together because of the music box given to a young bride before her husband goes to fight in WWII. Jim gives Evelyn a music box before he leaves. Shortly after Jim leaves she finds out she's pregnant, but before she can write and let him know she gets word that he's been killed. Evelyn is devastated and moves back home with her parents. She finds words of encouragement from Jim in a note he hid in the music box. Eventually Evelyn exchanges the music box for a cradle for her infant son and opens her heart to find love again.The music box is one of the characters in the book and you see the effect the music it plays has on the other owners. Each owner also leaves a note with words of encouragement for the next person. There are a couple of twists and unexpected turns in the story. This book has no foul language. It has an attempted rape scene but it's not graphic. I'm glad I bought this book.

  • Cathy
    2018-10-06 04:00

    I was way excited to get to beta read this book by one of my favorite authors. This book amazed me from the very beginning. I was pulled into the story of Evelyn, her love Jim and a special music box. I loved Evelyn. She's a young bride. Just trying to survive her husband's involvement in WWII. She's just found out she's pregnant and was going to let Jim know, but then she gets the news that Jim has died. Evelyn is devastated, just as any of us would be. That's when the music box that Jim gave her right before he left becomes her lifeline. She listens to it over and over and eventually she finds the message that Jim left her underneath the lining. "Don't die with me." Eventually, for their child Evelyn is able to move on just enough to trade the music box for a cradle. But she keeps the song with her, singing it to their baby and writing her own words. I loved this part of the story. Such a beautiful thought and almost a way to always have Jim with both her and her baby.The story of the music box touched me too. I loved the way that it was traded from person to person. Meaning a great deal to each and healing each in whatever way is needed. I loved the story line too! There are many twists, turns and surprises that take us from the newlywed Jim and Evelyn to the very end of their story. Make sure you grab this great book! I loved every minute of reading it!I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Rachelle
    2018-09-27 09:55

    Writing this book was a journey as I worked on this story for several years. I fell in love with the characters and the story that I thought I was going to write ended up being very different as the characters took control. There was one character in particular, don't worry I won't name names, who insisted on being an integral part of the story and it changed the entire book for the better. I absolutely loved researching the history of World War II while writing this book. I interviewed several people who grew up during that era and learned little-known facts like that even chewing gum was difficult to come by during the war, people took the tires off their cars so they wouldn't rot because gas was rationed so tightly that people stopped driving. Those little details created a setting that Evelyn lived in and it helped her story develop into something real to me. This is a women's fiction novel with historical romance and literary emphasis. I hope you enjoy this book and are inspired by the choices that Evelyn must make to become the woman she should be.

  • Sara Cardon
    2018-09-21 07:44

    Jim gives his recent bride, Evelyn, a music box before he leaves to serve in WWII. We follow Evelyn as she deals with loss and rebuilding her life. Other stories are woven in, each touched by tragedy, hope, and the music box.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2018-10-13 08:54

    Rachelle J. Christensen has written a story that is deceptively compelling.Read full review in the 2017 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • Faith
    2018-09-25 07:46

    My rating: 2.5 stars Meh. That's literally what comes to mind when I think of this book now. It could've been really, really good but it...just wasn't. It didn't 'live up' to my expectations from when I started it. (But since my 'mehs' aren't very informative, I'll try to write a decent review now.) The writing was really beautiful and descriptive; it kept my interest even when all else didn't. The whole plot line of following this special music box as it touches numerous different people/family's lives was really neat, something I'd never read before, and I liked it a lot. Characters... -- Jim & Evelyn This dear couple's story broke my heart...and angered me at times. To keep from giving things away and possibly spoiling several things for anyone, I'll just say that Evelyn confused me...frequently. -- Sterling Where do I even begin? This guy was my favorite from the beginning...but then, he too, fell short of my expectations. I mean, a guy that won't kiss the women he's fallen in love with because he knows she's not ready is pretty amazing in my opinion. But then when after *spoiler* he won't let her go? -- Leland & Rhonda If Jim and Evelyn (in the beginning) broke my heart, then Leland shattered it...and stomped all it. This story started out amazingly. Looking back, it was probably my favorite of the book. didn't end the way I'd hoped, and there was no mention of these characters in the later 3/4 of the book. =/ But what was there was so, so good! And sad. But good and well written. :) -- Shunsaku & Emika Shunsaku and his family were Japanese-Americans who returned from an internment camp to find many of their treasured belongings gone. Their story and relationship with Leland, and later on, Emika's struggle with polio was very real and inspiring. :) -- Henry & MalloryI'll go ahead and admit I was a little confused when these new characters were being added at the last minute (like three chapters from the end). But it turned out pretty well. Although we didn't see much of this family, they were believable and realistic characters that completed the music box's journey, touching lives and hearts. There was no faith-strands to this book. Which I understand to some degree, because I knew from the start that the author wasn't a Christian. Or so I thought. But the acknowledgements in the back of the book include a thanks to God and a Bible reference. That made me stop and think. I'm a Christian and I want that to be obvious in everything I do, everything I say, everything I write. If it's not, how can I ask God to bless me – when I'm not letting Him shine through me? And as Christians, we should be encouraging others to follow Him. Isn't that the Great Commission? Any book written by a Christian shouldn't have such parts that I skim and skip around. What kind of example is that to non-believers? Rant over. Point being -- The book would've been so much better if a Christian aspect had been woven into it. So, so much better. I was disappointed to discover that. The Reasons for a Lowered Rating... - An attempted rape. Very detailed, which I skimmed/skipped. - Someone being 'in love with two men'. This really bothered me. I don't see how she could be really committed to either, if she is showing affection to both. =/ Ugh. - There're several mentions of the characters hearing things 'on the wind'. Or the wind 'speaking to them'. It almost makes it sounds like magic which I disagree with. - At the beginning of each chapter it would have the date below the number and title (as this story stretched from the 40s to the 70s). But it always said March!! No matter what season the story was set (summer, fall, winter, CHRISTMAS!!) it always said March. Like...whyyyyyyy? Quotes... “I’m so sorry for your loss. I did my time in the war—the screams, the explosions, the cold—music is the only way I can escape it. I’m not trying to make you forget him, but maybe we can help each other face another day.”"Music always tells it right. My words alone aren’t strong enough.”One candle couldn’t withstand the wind, but when joined with the other candle a fire could burn again.Both of them had suffered more than was comfortable to ponder, ... find joy in a life riddled with pain, adversity, emotional defeat, war-torn minds, and haunted dreams.**I received a free e-copy of this book from eBooks for Review in exchange for my honest review.**

  • Jenny
    2018-10-12 10:50

    This was a really hard book to rate. I love the cover. I enjoyed reading a book by Rachelle Christensen that was different than her other books. For the most part I really liked this story. I would actually give it a 3.5 stars. There was one part in the book that really bothered me. Because of that I couldn't give it a higher rating.

  • Laura
    2018-10-01 04:48

    I really wanted to like this book, but I just didn't love it. I LOVED the music box and the way the music helped so many people heal. I loved that each person was able to pass it on to help another heal. However, it is not a feel good book. There is too much angst, anger, loneliness and loss for me to want to re-read it. I am glad I read it, but won't be revisiting it. **Spoiler**I hated the rape scene. I was just starting to enjoy the story when it went even more depressing. I realize it added another dimension of loss and betrayal, but I HATED it. The scene was well written, I just don't want to read about how evil an horrible men can be to women because it hits too close to my heart.**Spoiler ended**I was glad that so many people were able to find happy I will be reading the second book. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it is a happier story.

  • Melissa
    2018-10-18 11:35

    Loved this Kindle First winner! This book was very well written. The story was hard to put down and very compelling. The main characters were enjoyable! It was hard to know who should end up with who. There were so many twists and turns with heartache and inspiration. The story follows a music box that is first given to a wife by a soldier before leaving for WWII. As the music box is passed from person to person, we see how each life is transformed from the quotes shared in the box. Excited to read the follow up story Carve Me A Melody.

  • Woody
    2018-10-08 07:40

    Winner of the Kindle Scout Publishing award.Captivating story about the various lives affected by a music box. It starts with a solider giving his bride a music box with a message inside. As each person comes into connect with the music box we follow their lives and hear their stories. It is more than a cozy romance, there is a wide spectrum of emotions included, the trauma left by war, heartache, loss, inspiration, love. The well-developed characters make this book so good. Very moving story. Exceptionally well written.

  • Lillie L. Hall
    2018-09-20 05:42

    True BlessingThis is one of the most beautiful, insightful, soulful, inspirational books I have ever read; and I read 4-5 books a week! I couldn't put the book down, and it is rare I write a review. Get the Kleenex ready, because you are going to laugh, cry and rejoice. As a veteran of twenty years in he Army Nurse Corp., I want applaud Rachelle for her insightful story about the plight veterans and their families go through. But above all, I want to praise God for His power, goodness and His mercy.

  • Jodi - Alpha Loving Erotic Book Beauty Blogger
    2018-09-24 07:00

    This book was captivating in so many ways , it's one of those stories that hits you deep inside and leaves a touching memory long after the story is over. You couldn't help but fall in love with Evelyn's character, the tragedy within her life, and the music box. Find out how much one simple object becomes so much in so many lives , and a wish of a last goodbye. A 5 star historical romance, with the struggles of death, sadness, life, and happiness.

  • Angelica
    2018-09-29 05:40

    Well crafted story with a music box tie throughout a strong character line up and well-written individuals you cared to know how their story would end. This is definitely NOT your sweet lighthearted romance novel I thought when I first read the synopsis, but rather a deep though provoking story of loss, hurt and healing that will make you remember it long after your turn the last page. Highly recommend!

  • Megan
    2018-09-20 04:01

    FantasticWow. I loved this book! So much happens in this book that revolves around a music box. Love, loss, and life reborn. So many hard choices had to be made in the book and I could feel my own emotions being drawn out as I thought on choices I've had to make in my own life. Excellent read.

  • Renae Weight
    2018-10-15 06:58

    Enjoyable circular story that improved as it progressed.Though the beginning felt a little under developed and disjointed at first, the characters and writing kept me reading until I understood how the different points of view inter-connected and I became hooked. The ending surprised me in a delightful way. Nice touches added flavor to the era and depth to the plot.

  • Teya Peck
    2018-10-14 09:02

    WOW! WOW, WOW, WOW! What a journey. Love through the passage of time. Star struck love, second chances and a devotion beyond death. So many stories that she eloquently weaves perfectly into one masterpiece of a beautiful book of joy, tears, a hero, and love. I admit one part was hard to read but she was saved, in more ways than one. A touching story of how lives are connected.

  • Lynn Dyer
    2018-09-29 03:57

    Well written and now Rachel Christensen has become one of my favorite authors. Real life challenges are overcome with time and forgiveness. Refreshing story told without offensive language or graphic sex or violence.

  • Susan Aylworth
    2018-09-25 05:47

    I enjoyed the story"Unlikely coincidence " or magic? Either way, the plot turns on some improbable events. When a reader can suspend disbelief and accept the plot turns, it's an enjoyable story with strong characterizations.

  • Rebecca
    2018-10-06 03:39

    Such a sweet story about love and loss and making choices. A music box touches the lives of several people, all intertwined in ways. This is the type of story you want to read under a warm blanket in front of a fireplace. It touches your soul with hope and love.

  • Ilse DeBord
    2018-10-16 11:46

    I could not stop reading this bookIt is two in the morning and this was such a good story I just kept on treading. I got emotionally involved with the people portrayed and was very sympathetic with their situations. An excellent read.

  • Nana
    2018-10-18 07:46

    Unfailing love lasts forever.A song held in a tiny box touches so many lives and gives hope. Memories come full circle to once again fulfill the life of the original owner.

  • Teryl
    2018-10-12 07:39

    A beautifully written story of love, loss, and redemption, centering upon a music box that passes from one person to another touching each life in a way that gives hope and meaning.

  • Jo
    2018-09-29 11:48

    Keep the Kleenex handy for this one.

  • Debbie
    2018-10-14 06:41

    I purchased this book for the cover and historical war bride it represented.I found so much more than the historical story in this book. A love so blessed by two. And a second chance that ended in more love. Twined stories in this book is a blessing for you if you take the time to read and enjoy its special meanings in your heart. I absolutely loved this book. Thanks very much for writing the song within your heart! Debbie