Elise Sabato welcomes her warrior husband home from Iraq only to discover not all of his injuries will heal. Having sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the once kind and even-tempered Brad is now a completely different person unable to work or function in a world indifferent to his suffering. Elise can’t handle her husband’s erratic behavior while supporting them both as a young attorney in a competitive firm, so she takes Brad home to Northern Michigan’s upper peninsula to stay with his dad. Their marriage nearly implodes under the pressure of his condition, but through a small miracle of rescuing a stray dog in the woods, Brad begins to find his way back, and they both eventually accept the new new in their lives by trying to make a difference for other soldiers coming home with the daunting side effects of war. Uplifting, hopeful and brave storytelling at its finest.
I love this book! I am from Madison WI, and have visited Marquette Michigan before also; so the fact that this author is from Madison, and wrote quite a bit about places around town, and then again about Marquette made me like the book a lot. There were a few things that seemed a bit far fetched to me. The fact that an educated lawyer, in current times, wouldn't be very educated regarding PTSD, seemed a bit far fetched. It did drive home for me however the need to have more money spent on returning Veterans, and getting them the help they need upon returning home. Over all the writing was good, the story line believable and had endearing characters you wanted to be happy in the end.
Checked out this one on the recommendation of a female friend, even though she knew I didn't read much in this genre. I'm grateful for the recommendation.
There's a quiet strength below the surface of this story that follows a woman struggling with her husband's PTSD, a soul-crushing career, and fractured relationships all around.
But my take is that the PTSD - while certainly worthy of exploration - is just a MacGuffin. The themes of disillusionment and redemption being explored here are much more universal. What do you do if you wake up one morning and the person you love is a stranger? When do you hold on? When do you let go? This is the central struggle of this title, and it's a question asked by many more spouses/significant others than those facing PTSD.
There could be 100 different answers to this question. What's satisfying about this read is that the main character answers it in a way that works best for her; that's most congruent to what we learn about her. She does so by tapping into a resolve that she perhaps didn't quite realize she had when we first meet her.
At first I didn't think I would like it because it was about the military. That's usually not something I would enjoy reading. As the characters evolved they really caught me and I couldn't stop reading. I got to about 80-85 percent done of the book and had to stop. I was getting too choked up. I had to put it down a few times to take a break and compose myself and come back the next day. It had some really neat twists and turns and you really didn't know what was going to happen. It was really well written. Great book!
A beautiful story of love even in the light of tragedy. This is the story of the enduring way couples find each other long after love has become difficult and people change. It's a beautiful, compelling page turner that stays with you long after you close the final pages. Erin, is a skilled at writing about grief, fear and loneliness and creating a wonderful story of redemption.
If you want a book to bring out all your emotions then this is the one. It touched me deeply and I cried almost the whole way through it feeling like I was right there with Elise. This is a great book and now one of my favorites. I plan to recommend it to everyone I know to read.
Erin's story is quite intense and very absorbing. Learning about the effects of PTSD puts a different light on the issues of our returning soldiers and the care they are (or not) receiving. The trials of this couple were brought to conclusion with dignity and love. However, one has to think the fiction in this story is not so far from the truth for many real couples today involved with the military.