The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.
As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.
But when Jim’s wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn’t know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he’s determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend’s support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?
Review: Cal and Jim met as Marine candidates, fighting shoulder to shoulder in World War II. Six years later, their friendship continues when Cal offers to help Jim run his apple orchard. Under a veil of friendship, the ties that bind the two men continue to grow.
In Semper Fi, author Keira Andrews has presented readers with a different perspective on love during a time period where homosexuality was certainly not openly embraced.
One of the most interesting elements is the way the author provides a transition between past and present in every chapter. This method helps the reader create a stronger connection with the characters.
The storyline is richly detailed as it switches from the front lines of battle to life on a farm. There’s plenty of intensity as the two men deal with their changing emotions. The fact that the author chose this title — the Marine motto of always faithful — underscores the deep connection held by Cal and Jim. It’s a connection that is put to the test as they wrestle with the challenges life brings their way.
The passion is woven smoothly into the story, making it a natural element. Even without the romantic aspect, this would have been an enjoyable story, particularly for history buffs.