Linda Loegel’s Saving Lou is an interesting and absorbing story about a family coming together to survive the depression and the separation of World War II.
Lou Dyson is one half of a set of twins born in 1923. However, his brother Larry doesn’t survive to leave the hospital after birth, and Lou spends his whole life comparing himself to a brother he never knew. Struggling in school and life, Lou constantly feels that his brother Larry would have done it “better.” When the nation goes to war and Lou finds himself in the Navy, will combat at sea be enough to prove to himself that his life is worth living?
This book is a story of a family coming together to overcome challenges. It is filled with love, concern, and heartache as the Dyson family deals with the Great Depression and World War II on the home front. The author uses the events in history as a backdrop to illustrate the importance of family, hard work, and service to country. Fans of World War II historical fiction will find this read worthwhile.
Review by Rob Ballister (March 2019)
Lou Dyson spends a lifetime comparing himself to his dead twin brother, and comes up short each time. If his family can't help him appreciate his true worth, will the United States Navy be able to? World War II brings Lou face to face with two formidable enemies--a kamikaze pilot intent on destruction and his biggest enemy of all, himself. Join Lou aboard the USS Enterprise as they sail full speed ahead into the heat of battle.
Book Format(s): Soft cover, Kindle, Audiobook
Review Genre: Fiction—Historical Fiction
Number of Pages: 238