Dr. Margo Devaull came to Dominic Zanelli's mountain retreat confident that she could help this Vietnam veteran overcome the torment that kept him apart from the world. But her training as a psychologist had not prepared her for the tragic, explosive contradictions brewing inside him. For here was a sensitive artist who could be gentle - and a man whose eyes flashed with violence and pain when he told her to leave and never come back. Yet Margo did come back, slowly gain his trust, and awaken the sleeping needs of his heart. Only by reliving her own wounded past and helping Zane confront a terrible memory from the war could she set them both free - and save their last chance for love.
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First Vietnam Story I’ve Ever Been Able to Finish!
Realism ups the emotional ante to the highest threshold in "Love's Miracles". This is far more a genuine mainstream psychological drama than a genre romance. The attention to detail, the slow rate of the healing process, the relapses, the reality based ethical conflicts, and the traumatized past of both the hero and heroine combine to make this story a tour de force. This is not a fluffy genre romance. It is the first Vietnam era story I’ve ever been able to finish – not that I have started that many. To be frank, I did give up on reading the book but I liked it enough to buy and listen to the audible version. I just thought that if I didn’t have to read it, it would be more ‘out there in the world’ and not so much inside my head. It worked. The reader’s great ability to bring the story to life and make the emotions live in the characters' souls gave the story an interpetation I could finally experience. Audio books are very, very different than reading the same story.
I have not read any other Vietnam era book so I will compare it to Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms”. Both books have very realistic combat scenes and both seem to deal with the problems of identity and an entire generation. Hemingway had the lost generation. Zane in this book, like many vets my age and in my generation, came back from the war not lost but rather invisible and wanting to become lost. Lost in their own world. Lost in love. Lost in drugs. “Love’s Miracles” really does speak to a whole generation.
I liked the scene where the heroine has to confront her fear of the dark and how the power of love overcomes this lifelong fear. Love performs many miracles in this story.
War is a hell that can reverberate for a lifetime – baring a miracle.
I think this book is better listened to than read. The emotions emanating from the spoken words by this fine reader surrounded me in a way reading would not have. It’s like the difference between scratching your own back and having someone else do it for you. It always fees better when someone else does it. I’m so glad that I purchased this audible book. This is a book that speaks to a generation in a voice of compassion and love and hope. I would not have wanted to miss it.
I must add one caveat: this book went from being a resounding 5-star experience to becoming a potential 3-star disappointment in the Epilogue when I missed hearing one word! That one word is Zanelli and if you don’t hear it, as I didn’t, the ending of “Love’s Miracles” moves far closer to being emotionally like “A Farewell to Arms” ending than to the satisfying love story it really is. Don't miss 'Zanelli'.
Loved this one!
I love audiobooks because of their flexibility, and this one packed in a very compelling, emotional story. It's definitely one of the books I'd recommend.
Sandra Leesmith does an amazing job with these characters, getting us into their heads so you feel Zane's craving for isolation and understand the passion that drives Margo to help war veterans at all costs - Zane in particular. The romance is crackling, too, but stays fairly clean.
The climax near the end was my favorite, but I won't spoil it for you. Let's just say you won't know what's coming next and you should prepare to become emotionally involved. :)
I've enjoyed the other books I've read/heard from this author, but this was by far my favorite!