Saturday, April 1, 2017

Review of Chocolate Soldiertru

Chocolate Soldier Book Review

(The Story of a Conchie)

by Hazel Barker


When World War II breaks out and men over eighteen are conscripted, Clarence Dover, a conscientious objector, refuses to go rather that compromise his principles. Instead, he joins the Friend's Ambulance Unit. From the London Blitz to the far reaches of Asia the war tests Clarence in the crucible of suffering. In the end, will he be able to hold his head up as proudly as the rest and say, to save lives, I risked my own?

One man will stand as God's soldier, not the war's soldier.

MY REVIEW:  World War II holds a true fascination for me. My uncle was killed in WWII in Normandy, France at the age of nineteen.  As I read the true story of Clarence Dover's conscientious objector status, I did not see why soldiers would be so offended. He did after all join the Friend's Ambulance Unit (FAU).  He risked his own life to save the lives of those who were fighting and killing.  He was serving and honoring God in the best way he knew how by refusing to bear arms and kill other young men.  I can also see the viewpoint of those who chose to fight to protect our freedom.  They also were doing what they felt was right for them.   
      Clarence Dover has a reason for being referred to as Chocolate Soldier but I will let the reader discover that for themselves so as not to spoil the book.  Readers will also be interested to see how Clarence's family and friends view him at the end of the war when they all return home.  
      I rated this book 4 stars as I would have liked a little more emotional connection with Clarence and the other main characters.   
       I received a copy of this book from netgalley.  I was not required to write a review of this book.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author:Hazel Barker

Hazel Barker is married to Ev Barker's son, Colin.  Clarence was Colin's uncle.  This is how Hazel came to know this true story and recorded it in this novel.

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