As an aficionado of WWI (and all of the other wars in which the US has participated since), this book would naturally appeal to me. To my great delight, it was much less about love than the way the war affected Frenchmen in small villages. It really brought to life the devastation the Germans brought to the villages and villagers. Some places were wiped off the map, never to be rebuilt. For that reason, I loved it. I felt it really brought the war to life from a human standpoint. Best of all, I learned something and that is always rewarding.