Home Sweet Home
By Candis Terry
Publication Date: May 19, 2015
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Reviewed From: eARC provided by publisher--thank you Avon!
About the Book:Before Candis Terry’s wild Wilder brothers met their matches, a soldier gets a homecoming in Sweet, Texas.
HE’S GIVEN UP…
Army Ranger, Lieutenant Aiden Marshall, fought in some of the most hellish
corners on earth and survived. Those closest to him, did not. When he returns home to Sweet, Texas, he believes he’s broken and has lost everything-including his soul. The only fair thing he can do is tell the woman who’s patiently waited for him to come home-to move on with her life-without him.
BUT SHE NEVER WILL
Sassy waitress Paige Walker has no intention of walking away from the man of her dreams. He gave his all for his country and served with honor. Now it’s time to pull him from the darkness and give him hope. With a heap of love, the help of the entire town, and a tail-wagging companion, Paige makes sure her hero knows there’s no place like home sweet home.
My Thoughts:A novella to Ms. Terry's Sweet, Texas series, it lets us glimpse into the lives of two of Sweet, Texas' favorite citizens Lt. Aidan Marshall and Paige Walker. Aidan join the miltiary after high school and Paige waited for him when he left, sending him care packages even when she often did not hear from him. Aidan has been put through hell and does not feel worthy of Paige and tries to break things off, not wanting her to suffer through his PTSD with him. The town rallies behind him, refusing to give up on him going so far as bringing home something he leaves behind in Afghanistan.
Even though this is such a short, sweet novella it does feel like a complete story. Most find they either enjoy novellas or simply find them to short and need more to them. This one seemed to strike a great balance of being just enough--not leaving me wanting or unfulfilled. Of course I could always want more but I am just like that. :) Seriously though, I appreciate that Ms. Terry gave us a bit of a background on Paige and Aidan, so we as readers knew where they were coming from before present day, but did not get so bogged down into that it took away from the present day. Overall it was a lovely story.
**Please note, it was originally published in For Love and Honor anthology though this one has been expanded so even if you read it previously, you will find something new.
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About Candis:Candis Terry was born and raised near the sunny beaches of Southern California and now makes her home on an Idaho farm. She’s experienced life in such diverse ways as working in a Hollywood recording studio to chasing down wayward steers. Only one thing has remained the same: her passion for writing stories about relationships, the push and pull in the search for love, and the security one finds in their own happily ever after.
A Special Note About This Book from Candis:"The inspiration for HOME SWEET HOME came from an article I’d read about a soldier who been forced to leave the pup he’d rescued in Afghanistan because it wasn’t allowed to bring the animal back to the U.S. In writing the story I realized that rescue animals are a huge part of the romances I write. Since I’m prone to rescue four-legged friends in my personal life I thought that maybe I could help in a bigger way. When I started looking into rescue centers I was overwhelmed by not only the number of animals in need but the generosity of the volunteers who often nurse these animals back to health so they can be adopted. The love and loyalty of an animal is unconditional and I’d like to see them have the opportunity to be loved right back. I know I can’t help them all, but I hope these donations will help as many as possible."
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