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Book Review: Lodging by M.T. Bass

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Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by the author, M.T. Bass, for an honest review.

Genre: Short Story/Fiction/Romance/Military

Plot: Lodging — bending of the stalk of a plant (stalk lodging) or the entire plant (root lodging)

While World War II engulfs every nation on the globe, Rebecca and her high school friend Sarah can only dream of escaping a dreary, wind-blown existence in western Kansas, until their boring, stodgy old hometown fills with handsome young men learning to fly Army Air Corps bombers known as Liberators, and their lives are suddenly filled with temptation and, perhaps, true love.

Opinion: *Sigh*…such a bittersweet story to make me weak in the knees and sorrowful all at once. I am truly starting to adore reading short stories more and more.

This short story is told by Rebecca as she recounts her teenage years in Liberal, Kansas during World War II. Rebecca tells a story of working at a local diner during the summer as a favor to her mother, where she comes across a young Lieutenant named David King. As Rebecca spends her days filling orders and running around the diner, David stays in the lounge playing the piano until closing. Rebecca tells her story of her time with David and the effects that the flyboys had on her town that summer before they were shipped off to the war.

This short story is about 30 pages long, but MY OH MY is it a wonderful story. The writing is descriptive and the author executed the story flawlessly by making me want to devour this story. I find myself sitting here with a slight smile on my face as I recount the story I just read, even though it makes me sad more than anything else. I think this story shows a great representation of the young men that fought in WWII, giving the reader a glimpse at their hopes and fears as they prepared to be shipped off to the war. This story definitely pulls on your heartstrings and makes you hurt for the soldiers, as well as the many young woman that lost their companions or friends.

I HIGHLY recommend this read for anyone. If short stories aren’t really your thing, I suggest you give this one a try. There is nothing better than finding a story that can stir up some emotions in a reader. I only wish that this story could have been longer!

4-5-stars

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