There are many layers to this story and a lot of depth. It is more than a love story of a couple in love before each assumes a role fighting in Europe at the time of D-Day and after. It is more than a war story. It is a story of making and losing memories, losing talents while trying to cling to them, and holding on to as much life as possible even as it is fading. About excellent story. Even though it is part of a series, it reads well as a stand-alone.