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[Following is an official review of "One Daughter's Quest:" by Laura Smail Sims.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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On October 16, 1940, George and his friends answered the call for enlistment by registering with the local draft board as per the Selective Training and Service Act of 1940. By 1943, the previous exemptions were lifted because there was a rising need for men to serve in the war; after three years, George received his draft letter. In 1944, he and many others left for Italy immediately following a furlough after completion of training. He had only seen his young daughter on two separate occasions, at eight days and five months.

In 2012, Laura retired from her long career in academia and had time to pursue new interests, which included writing. She did not hesitate when her writing class instructor suggested she follow her father’s movements during World War II. One Daughter's Quest: Following My Father’s Bootprints in Italy During World War II is the journey of Laura Smail Sims as she retraces her father’s movement during the Italian Campaign after seventy-two years.

With assistance from her son, Jonathan Sims, Laura plans for an incredible journey that will see them visit numerous places in Italy and encounter living angels who are fundamental for the expedition’s success; they provide invaluable information and guidance. Will it be easy? No. But this is what makes the whole memoir absorbing from the outset; it is an emotional journey driven by love that results in tears and reverence for hallowed grounds that remind us about the sacrifice of those who fought valiantly; some, like George, paying the ultimate price.

The author’s writing skills are excellent; it is easy to follow the story. Additionally, the juxtaposition of the various places presently and during the war era was mesmerizing. For some places, nothing much had changed except for increased development; Naples was still as frenetic as her father had described years earlier in his regular letters, which were generally upbeat. Equally, as an ardent lover of history, the inclusion of brief descriptions of the Italian Campaign and its prelude was a welcome addition.

The book is suitable for anyone who would like to view WWII from the perspective of a war orphan; it is a gripping, inspiring story of love. I am certain many readers will appreciate the strong family bond in this story; George loved his family to his last breath, and Laura and Jonathan's love for George is evident throughout.

I found no unlikable aspect in the book. Laura's passion in One Daughter's Quest is unique; her determination sees her organizing an almost impossible mission that requires in-depth research. It is one thing to visit a place and learn about the battles fought there, but the feelings evoked when you know your father was there are more charged; the author demonstrates this in her book. I heartily award this book a rating of four out of four.

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Post by Jen Nghishitende »

This sounds like it’s going to be an interesting read. It’s always good finding out about our past and I can’t wait to discover what Laura discovers! Thanks for the review.
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Post by Yasmine M »

I like your review, indeed it is interesting to view WWII through the eyes of a war orphan. I would like to read the book.
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Laura truly loves her father and the quest for him is a wonderful one. I enjoyed reading your review and am sure Laura unveils a lot about the wars in her search
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Post by Judy46 »

Although your review is beautiful and well detailed, I do not like reading books touching WWII.
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Post by Lorna Philip Enslin »

‘One Daughter’s Quest’ by Laura Smail Sims, is a book I would’nt hesitate to absorb myself in. Her story is fascinating: the joy as well as heartache that must have come from walking in her beloved Father’s footsteps so many years before, when he was deployed in Italy, must have been a life changing experience. This will undoubtedly be on my TBR list.
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Post by Margi zuu202 »

Book 📚📚📖 of of the day BOTD is non fiction memoir dating back in the 40's after Laura retirement from his long-term career she ventured into her writing passion . Laura with his supportive son Jonathan decided to do a journey of discovery in Italy that's were Laura learnt about the death of his dad in the WW2
seven decades ago! he had no idea who his dad was and she was interested to know more about him with his supportive son Jonathan their journey to Italy was met w angles and more discoveries..I like how the author brought out the story life it made it so enjoyable with amazing character the review was also well written making it so easy to read and understand I will recommend it 💯✅
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I admire the effort in researching this after many years has passed. I love war stories myself and historical fiction so this is a great book for me. Thank you for your review!
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This review is a detailed one and it fills me with curiosity as to how the book will actually like.Thanks for the review.
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The sacrifice that she made to look for her father's history is a big One during the war few remain
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Post by Shenila Ginabay »

This looks like a good book for people who like to read about war stories. It's great that the author knows exactly what to write in order to captivate the reader. Writing about a war and knowing these details is not easy.
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Post by FunkyFlowerLady »

Tracing her father's footsteps, Laura is doing great by sharing this journey with the world and making us realize how the situations in those times were. I'm excited to read about how the places were at the time and how much they have changed or not at all like Naples. Great review!
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Post by AntonelaMaria »

It must be emotional read to see the war through the eyes of an orphan. I usually avoid war-based books. But I imagine it was also healing for the author to go through this journey. Great job with the review.
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Post by Ekta Kumari »

The book is truly unique in that it is written by someone who has witnessed the effects of war as a family member of a veteran. I believe the author must have done extensive research to bring together the narrative after so many years. Thank you for the detailed analysis.
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Post by Bertha Jackson »

The author takes an interesting journey to learn about the father she never knew. Thank you for your review.
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