Finding Rosie


Fiction - Literary
231 Pages
Reviewed on 09/16/2020
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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

Paul Sutton and Don Frank, who just graduated high school in Santa Monica, were surfing buddies. The Vietnam War and the draft were in full swing. Both young men joined the Naval Air Reserves, and both were stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines. When the men were off duty, they usually went into Olongapo City to drink, listen to music, talk, and dance with bar hostesses. These were local women who were paid to cater to the American soldiers. Paul met Rosie who was beautiful and different than the other women. He also was in a serious relationship with Mary back home. In Finding Rosie by W. B. Edwards, a realistic portrayal of the many effects of the Vietnam War are described.

This book is written in several parts from the mid-sixties through 1973. The author organized the account into several parts, going back and forth between the two decades. The hard decisions young men had to make in this era are shown. This included military service during a controversial war, living in a different culture, the effects for women in those countries, and readjusting to life in America. Although much information is given, the personal element makes this an engaging and interesting read. The style of writing is fast-paced, filled with exciting moments. Paul’s connection to Rosie is strong, and he questions the decisions he makes. Author W. B. Edwards has penned a captivating story in Finding Rosie. A wonderful read that will be especially enjoyed by those who lived through those challenging times.