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A voluptuous woman unlucky in love. A wounded widower on a mission. An undeniable attraction with an ethical dilemma.

Sally Jean Compton is in love. And this time it's with a man who isn't in love with someone else. Dr. Brett Gorman arrives in Victory to help the veterans of Deer River with PTSD military symptoms. When tragedy strikes, neither Sally Jean nor Brett are prepared for what happens next.

The shocking aftermath of the terror of PTSD untreated leaves the entire town of Victory reeling. But none are more affected than Sally Jean and Brett, who must deal with their own pasts and the trauma left behind. When Sally Jean seeks out the expertise of Dr. Brett, the psychologist of the river folks, they discover an intense attraction that leads them both to learn about themselves. But some things may intrude on a widower’s second chance at romance and a woman who must face the childhood abuse and neglect she suffered at the hands of parents who loved each other more than their child.

Sally Jean must learn she deserves to be loved, and Brett must forgive himself for the death of his friend and his wife. It's a rocky journey to love until both realize, it’s a simple step from friends to lovers.

Behind the Door is the fourth novel in the Behind the Love contemporary small-town Florida romance series that features sizzling attractions, dramatic confrontations, and intertwined and complicated lives. Set in the fictional small town of Victory, Florida, friends fight and love and form families of their own choosing.

Buy Behind the Door to learn how mental health issues can be overcome and a small-town romance can flourish.

©2017 Patricia Camburn Zick (P)2020 Patricia Camburn Zick

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Story deals with grief, could have done better

This story is about Sally Jean. It is a strong and well written story. We learn a lot about Sally Jean and all the guilt the woman carries. No child should be subject to the words her parents use to tell her. The author is very cruel in this story and Sally Jean loses Jimmy who just asked her to marry him. Not only does this story make me cry, it made me angry. Especially when she fell into bed with Brent the psychologist a few weeks later. The problem is I felt Brent was more lustful of Sally Jean, and it is obvious that Sally Jean felt that way too. She was afraid for him to see her body after her surgery. The author grasps grief well in this book, as everyone was shocked and grieved heavily for Jimmy's death. I know of the fog that Sally Jean walked around in and had to force herself to come out of. The timing of their relationship did not feel right. I will say I have never liked the character of Sally Jean. If she was a real woman, I would only wish the best for her, but her personality would have grated me. I also feel Brent didn't deserve her, because of his bad & poor judgement. A real psychologist would have recognized his feelings and lust for her right away. He would have suggested someone else in the first place. How can you help someone emotionally when you are drooling at the person you are listening to? In this case, Sally Jean wised up long before Brent did.