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By MANI on 12-21-16
He came back
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Unlike many romances that deal with PTSD , Annie and Sean were already married and had already experienced other tours of duty. This was to be his last one before leaving the military and joining the Coast Guard so they could concentrate on having a family. However, nothing goes according to plan.
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By espanolish on 01-04-17
Good Story Told A Little Too Flat
Although normally swerve from anything that smacks of too much romance, something about the description of this book drew me in. This is a compact third-person narrative. It is told with an economy of words without skimping on character development, freshness, or interest. We get a full on frontal from the protagonist (the wife). We also get snatches of what other’s going on in the minds of other characters (the husband and his friends). From these perspectives we learn about the world the author has built. From the opening paragraph until the end, I remained pretty much engaged.
There were concerns. At one point early in the story the protagonist says to herself (I'm paraphrasing here) that her husband is someone she loves more than her next breath. A few chapters later the husband to a friend "I love her more than my next breath." Too much sap and obvious repetitiveness can kill a good story and this is a good story. Also there are some conveniences that were just too convenient. For example the husband's best friend served time in the military and now is a cop and is married to a cop and flurry of other lineups that compromise credibility. These neat pockets of "outs" serve the author rather than the story, but they are not deal breakers. What almost killed the story was the protagonist's quick, poorly explained change of heart which occurred multiple times, and overall made the story lose texture.
The saving grace was the complex and curious play between the wife and the husband's friends. This is what kept me listening.
The narrator's performance could have been stronger, less flat reading, more authentic connection with each of the characters. Also there was not enough distinction between the female characters and between the male characters.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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