It's 2:30 in the morning and I am bawling my eyes out over this book. It was brilliant and beautiful, but most important, it was honest. The love story was sweet but I fell in love with Solo's character and felt his struggles and laughed with his funny remembrances of time with his best friend. This book takes me to those nights where my husband and his friends have had (maybe) a bit much to drink and they reminisce about their experiences in the service. There are always happy and funny memories for them but also there is a glimpse into their inner hearts and you can feel the sadness that is hidden beneath their laughter. The authors ability to capture this feeling perfectly is amazing and I will definitely be reading whatever she writes in the future. Outstanding. 5 stars.