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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Never My Love is a romance novelette written by Delores Miles. It is the summer of 1963 and, at the tender age of 15, Annie Hebert is happily dating Cody Calvert and is best friends with Candace Kemp. But when Jake Anders comes to work on her family’s farm, all dreams of Cody vanish, replaced by a deep longing for Jake. Their love grows strong, but after Jake is drafted to fight in the war, Robby Doyle steps in, hoping to take Jake’s place. Annie eventually loses hope when Jake stops writing. Her plans to become Robby’s betrothed come to a halt when he is also drafted. Eventual news of Jake’s return and Robby’s death hit her hard, but nothing can prepare her for the news that Jake has married somebody new.
Delores Miles’ story of a love so strong that it withstands the test of time is a nostalgic, close-up look at the life of young Annie Hebert – a young girl who becomes smitten with Jake Anders. Their lives cross paths again and again over the years, but circumstances prevent them from being together. Annie goes on to become a successful attorney-at-law, whilst Jake is injured in combat and marries his treating doctor before returning home from war. The story is so realistic, with time itself seeming to stand still as the story unfolds. Annie stays true to herself, as the lives of others cross paths with hers, yet her determination and skill make their mark, not only on her own life but of those whose lives she touches. I lost count of the amount of times I shed tears while reading Never My Love, as it pulled on the heartstrings so many times they almost broke. I fully recommend Delores Miles’ book to true romantics aged 15 years and over, who believe in a love so strong that it can withstand the test of time.