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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
A Stream to Follow is a work of fiction in the historical drama subgenre, penned by author Jess Wright. Correct to history, the novel does contain semi-graphic depictions of wartime violence and is therefore recommended for the mature reading audience. Set during the aftermath of the Second World War, with flashbacks taking place during the conflict and around the world, we meet Bruce Duncan as he returns to Pennsylvania after serving as a battlefront surgeon. Haunted by his own memories and with a brother sinking fast into trauma, Bruce contends with local conspiracies and far-flung lost loves as he tries to put the pieces of his life back together.
Author Jess Wright has crafted a complex and in-depth novel about reconciliation and moving through trauma and packs a lot into a small number of pages to leave its readers emotionally fulfilled. I really adored Bruce from the offset for his patient nature and inner determination to find new strength and leave the horrors of his past behind. I thought the romantic elements of the tale were gently handled and suitable for the historical period, whereas Wright never shied away from showcasing the atrocities that both Bruce and his brother witnessed during their service to their country. I was also really pleased by the dialogue, which never sounded out of place but was also very informal and endearing. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend A Stream to Follow as a standout novel in post-WWII fiction that will grip your heart and never truly let go.