Review of Wind Chime Wedding by USA Today Award winning author Sophie Moss
Speaking as a veteran, I was highly impressed and grateful that Sophie Moss is the first author I’ve found who could actually nail what it feels like to be a veteran and the issues that are very real and important to them. Many books try to capture the essence of military life, the terminology, and the persona, yet most fail by trying to create overly-machismo characters in ridiculous situations, using generic phrases, and hyped-up resumes – not Sophie Moss, she gets it. Moss portrays a veteran in a realistic manner and fully captures issues important to them in a way that makes you feel neither ashamed or embarrassed to be a veteran or enjoy this beautiful story. Equally refreshing, the author has created the kind of story that makes you feel like you are the one falling in love.
Wind Chime Wedding is the story of Becca – a woman on the cusp of her long-overdue wedding to her childhood sweetheart, and a veteran trying to find his place in the “civilian world”. Sophie Moss creates an entire island of scented, swaying, and living scenery that you can both hear and taste as you walk down the docks and streets of Heron Island. Wind Chime Wedding introduces you to a community that becomes your friends and neighbors, playing out like a film of some peaceful place you have long lost. The character development of young and old in Wind Chime Wedding was obviously well-thought out through the heart and soul of the author – you quickly understand why she is a multiple award-winner. It’s amazing how many different issues Sophie tackles so effectively in this gem of a story – readers can feel themselves evolve on several levels through the struggles of her jump-off-the-pages characters. This is one of those books where you forget that you are reading, being pulled into a vortex of a world and faces you want to see to the end.
You can find more of Sophie’s works here, including the prequel to Wind Chime Wedding, Wind Chime Cafe!