Armed with only a journal and a promise, soldier Ian Carlisle returns home to fulfill his friend's dying wish: to find the man's daughter and read her his journal, one page at a time. The woman he finds in River Rock, Missouri, is just as warmhearted, artistic, and feisty as her father described. Ian had fallen in love with Charlee McKinley before he even met her, but he has no idea if she'll ever return his feelings.
Charlee loved her father - but she didn't like him very much. Regimental and strict, Major Mack never approved of his daughter's choices. So when a down-on-his-luck soldier arrives on Charlee's doorstep, she'll give him the benefit of the doubt, but not her heart. It isn't until he starts reading to her that the beautiful, touching words begin to unlock something deep inside. But when Ian reveals a secret that shakes Charlee to her core, will she close herself off to love out of fear?
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Battle Worn, Tough Love and Tears
- Debbie "Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper."
Delightful Listen -- Great Story
I would recommend this to anyone. This book has wonderful characters that are very realistic -- I wanted to know these people and talk to them.
I enjoyed Ian. He had a fine line to toe to follow his friend's wishes to take the diary to Charlee, and to give her the time needed to accept the gift. His emotions went all over the place -- frustration, joy, love, compassion. He accepted the lessons learned from the errors of his younger days, and the days in the army to become a very good and wise man.
Definitely! I had a hard time putting it down. I don't listen to many books a second time, but this is one that I believe I will.
After thoroughly enjoying listening to Heather Burch's book One Lavender Ribbon, I immediately searched out other books by her and found this one. It is the start of a series, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the family!
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