December 29, 2013
Soldier Hill by Phil Rossi
Soldier Hill is a touching story celebrating the lives of soldiers who have fought for their country.
Eddie is a high school kid. He doesn't do well in school, and he doesn't know what he wants to do with his life. His guidance counselor doesn't think he is going anywhere with his life. Aside from all of this, Eddie shows how big of a heart he has.
When Eddie discovers a tablet honoring a boy named Billy on his school grounds, he decides to find out more about him. Having someone die who lived so close to him really hit home. He felt a connection to Billy and wasn't sure why.
With the Vietnam War taking too many young people and affecting families all over the country, Eddie was determined to find out who Billy was, where he came from and who his family is.
This book follows Eddie is his adventure from researching at the library to asking around town.
Joe is a lonely old man in town that everyone talks about. They spread nasty rumors about him being crazy and even a little creepy. There is a room in his house that is closed and locked so no one can venture in.
When Eddie becomes friends with Joe despite everyone’s warnings, he uncovers all of the answers he needs.
When the tribute to Billy is then threatened to be destroyed by contractors taking down the trees around the school, Eddie enlists the help of his good friend Dave to save the tree and the tablet in order to protect the memory and tribute to Billy. Through much hard work and determination they preserve the memorial, and it turns out even better than they ever could have imagined.
This is a wonderful story about being selfless and honoring those who sacrifice so much their country.
It is touching and memorable for being just a short novella.
I really enjoyed the writing style as well. A lot of times with historical fiction, (okay, it isn't THAT far back in history, but stick with me) authors tend to try too hard to make it authentic, and it just ends up being boring and having no good flow to it. I was pleasantly surprised to find that was not the case with this one. It had a nice flow to it, and I didn't find myself bored at any part of the story.
I did find myself wondering why there was so much focus on the “crazy” old man, but it all comes full circle and makes sense at the end.
The story is sweet, the writing is on-point, and it is easy to get through.
5/5 stars from me. I did really enjoy it.
Purchase link coming soon!