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Reviewed by Anthony Elmore for Readers' Favorite
A young Naval officer must decide between the love of a schoolmate and the love of a soulmate in the historical romance novel, The Rigel Affair by L.M. Hedrick. U.S. Naval Diver Charlie Kincaid’s life instantly changed the moment he met young beautician Mattie Blanc; it was love at first sight. Despite the war and their lives going in separate directions, Charlie and Mattie’s love continued to grow. Only able to communicate through love letters, Charlie and Mattie experience the war separately, but together in spirit. After not hearing from Charlie for several months, Mattie tries to discover his location without any luck. At the same time, Charlie decides his life is not worth living if he can't have Mattie by his side. Now that Charlie is on secret missions and far from Mattie’s New Zealand, will their relationship disintegrate? Or will love find a way to bring them back together?
Fans that enjoy reading stories written by Emily Baker Loring, and other wartime romance novels will also delight in reading The Rigel Affair by L.M. Hedrick. Viewing Charlie and Mattie’s authentic connection gave me hope. Despite having to face seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Charlie and Mattie’s passion for each other only deepens. Based on a true story, this book inspires its readers to not give up on love despite one’s impossible circumstances. I love how the author explains in detail all of the main characters' beginnings, interweaving the different stories to skillfully tie them together at the finish. I appreciated how the author researched the era beforehand, drawing on letters from a family member; it shows beautifully in her story. I loved this book! I recommend The Rigel Affair to more mature readers as this novel contains adult content.