Matt McCall's struggles to reintegrate into civilian life have been an ongoing battle for the better part of two years. Daily group sessions and weekly one-on-ones have only allowed him to grow so far. Twice he's returned to his home state of Indiana and twice, he retreated to Mike's Place. Uncertain of where he belongs in the world, he silently battles depression. The unexpected gift of Jethro, a black Labrador Retriever, perks his spirit...and a chance meeting in the park gives him a precious gift...
Aspiring country singer, Naomi Sparks, comes from a long line of Marines, so she knows all about sacrifice and struggle. When her Congressman brother asks her to visit Mike's Place on his behalf, she discovers a real opportunity to make a difference. And meeting former Marine Matt McCall inspires her with the real challenge of discovering love and daring heroes who take risks. Writing music has never been so sweet...
Can one woman who believes in him really heal the wounds in this Marine's heart?
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Interesting story on PTSD
The interesting topic of PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) - as usual, Heather Long researches her characters and their problems to a 'T', so the story is a fine romance coupled with an in-depth plot/storyline.
The beginning where Matt is sitting there with a gun in his hands - it was a very emotional, tense scene! Very well written and narrated.
A beautiful voice. She kind of missed the mark for this story during narration of the slower, sex scenes though. Too much elongation of endings of sentences and the way those descriptive sentences were broken up.
Yes, it was a short, sweet tale - easy to finish in a back and forth 1 day commute :-)
If you want romances with background and depth, I highly recommend Heather Long's stories.