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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Two love stories set in two different time periods will touch you deeply in The Touch of Love: A World War 2 Romance by Kyle Shoop. Katie waxes nostalgic as she and her mom go through some old stuff in the attic—things that are filled with memories. Aside from the mementos of her childhood, in the shadows of the attic corner, draped over an aged rocking chair, is her old wedding dress, and it stirred despair and regret within Katie. Her mind swirls back into the despair that had happened to her marriage since she had worn that dress. Katie and her mother also stumble upon a memory concealed by Katie’s grandfather, a photograph that sparks curiosity in Katie to find out about her grandfather’s mysterious past. Alternating between the past and the present, this is the story of Katie and her grandfather, Jakob, who falls in love with a Jewish woman.
The Touch of Love presents an emotional story of one man during World War II and its sentimental connection to the present life of a woman coping with heartbreak. It is a remarkable feat of storytelling to narrate two stories from two different time periods and make them connect and arrive at a very fulfilling arc. That is the magic of Kyle Shoop as a storyteller. If the central theme of The Touch of Love is how our relationship molds us to become the person that we are, it is further developed by the idea that love can grow even in the most turbulent times. Shoop gives you a convincing sweep, a genuine feel for the passage of time. The novel signals a strong message right at the beginning and it resonates, because we as human beings have a propensity to reminisce and go back to the past. This book is highly appealing, a must-read in its ability to leave you breathless.