No Crayons on the Front Line by Kallysten
Publication Date: February 14th 2016
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When Samuel gets his class of elementary students to write letters to soldiers fighting on the demon invasion front line, the children coax him into doing the same. Lieutenant Williams soon answers his letter, and it’s only the beginning of a long exchange of thoughts, anecdotes and feelings. This long-distance relationship is bound to change when they meet in person… Will they each be true to what they showed through their words?
An epistolary novella
Samuel is an elementary school teacher and encourages his students every year to write to soldiers who are fighting in the war against the demons. This particular year his students encouraged him to write one as well and it landed in the hands of Lt. Angel Williams. Lt. Williams writes back and that begins a lovely conversation that soon becomes friendship. When Angel finally tells Samuel in a roundabout way that she is actually a she things get tense as Angel believes that Samuel has ulterior motives. Samuel manages to calm Angel down and while they remain friends for a while they are soon in a deep relationship unlike either have had before.
The story is told strictly through letters sent back and forth and even though Samuel and Angel meet a couple of times during the course of the story we are only privy to letters sent before or after the fact. The couple gives each other strength and hope for their future of both their world and their lives together. It was a very sweet story and if you like epistolary novels then I think you’ll like this one. Angel and Samuel are both intelligent and well-read and that comes through in their letter writing. I loved reading about their lives and the relationship that grows between them.
I have only read one other book set in The Demons Age series and that was Anterograde which was an m/m story and really great. This is part of that series but definitely can be read as a stand-alone novella.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5